When Warren Veale first joined the family antique business, he felt surrounded by estrogen.
“Especially in Alabama, antiques are sometimes synonymous with grandmama’s stuff,” said Veale of Antique Attic in Dothan.
In his own way, Veale is trying to change the perception that the world of antiques is a frou-frou environment that appeals only to women. Antique Attic and Timber Creek Auctions will conduct a “mantiques” auction at St. Andrews Market in downtown Dothan on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
Mantiques are antiques that appeal to the more masculine antique shopper. So what classifies as a mantique?
“Things that we like to say are man-cave material,” Veale said. “Is it desirable by a man? Things that are car-related, things that are hunting related ─ more rugged things. A lot of times, people associate antiques with being frou-frou.”
Saturday’s auction will include petroleum signs, old gas pumps, split bamboo fly fishing rods, old beer signs, pedal cars that date back to the 1940s, and matchbox cars along with other vintage toys. There will also be a large number of Coca-Cola items, including a large metal crossing guard Coca-Cola sign and a Coca-Cola dining set. There are a number of vintage toy cars made by the Auburn Rubber Company based in Indiana to be featured in the auction. Other items include old beverage coolers with Dr. Pepper, Coke and Pepsi-Cola logos as well as a wooden airplane propeller, a wooden and metal sled, and some University of Alabama art work. There’s even a few mounted fish and deer heads.
While Veale has hand-picked items for the auction from the Antique Attic, many of the items in Saturday’s auction came out of a family estate in Pennsylvania. The family owned a NAPA Auto Parts store.
Eighty to 90 percent of the items in the auction are pre-1960, Veale said. There are more modern pieces like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant toys and other toys that date back to the 1980s or older. Veale said there will be items to appeal to women. Furniture, gardening items and urns will be available along with boxes of old glassware and jars.
Veale said he first started hearing the phrase “mantiques” when he would visit antique trade shows. Television shows like “Pawn Stars” and “Auction Hunters” have fueled the interest in antiques in general, he said.
“You can buy things now that are less quality that cost twice as much and won’t last 10 years,” Veale said. “Whereas this stuff is 60 to 70 years old, and it still looks as good as the day it rolled off the line.”