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July 31, 2012

Pickers Paradise

The Tick Ridge home of Steve & Sue Wilson is a testament to their love of collectibles

Somerset —  

Sue Wilson has a two-story 10-room house, a garage, and five other buildings on her property. And, she has a problem.
“I’m still buying stuff, but I just don’t have a place to put it. I need another building.”
The “stuff” includes as wide of an array of antiques as may be found in Kentucky.
Should the crew from the popular TV show “American Pickers” ever show up at her place on Tick Ridge, they best be prepared to spend a week.
What began as Sue’s Greenhouses has evolved into a homegrown enterprise dealing in antiques, gift shop items, starter plants, and local honey.
Visitors can even help themselves to a moon pie and soft drink inside one of a series of buildings resembling an old-fashioned general store.
Colorful vintage advertising signs dominate the exterior walls of all buildings, and the wide array of vintage items extend into the yard of the house next door that she shares with husband, Steve.
The signs number over 200, but “there are hardly any we’d want to sell because we just like them.”
A 1966 graduate of Nancy High, the daughter of the late Cecil and Dorothy Rainwater Allen, was reared “just down the road,” where she attended the four-room Cedar Point Grade School.
She has fond memories of all her teachers, noting those who stood out at Nancy High include Sharon Tiller, Alberta Foster, Donald Burris, Ray Ramsey, and May Barlow.
Although an avid collector most of her life, the hobby/business picked up steam following her retirement from First & Farmers Bank 12 years ago. She spent 33 years with the Somerset institution. She was a loan officer and customer service representative at the Plaza branch the last years of her tenure.
“I bought my greenhouses from the Mennonites in Casey County and did that for 10 years while Steve worked for Hinkle Construction operating a blacktopper.”

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