Nearly every antique store you might wander into on a weekend adventure has an old advertising sign or two but few can boast a collection as impressive as the one put together by Jim Cate. For years, Cate, an avid collector, operated a museum of country store and advertising items inside The Penny Candy Store in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Cate's collection of advertising signs
, cigar store Indians and country store memorabilia will be auctioned off along with similar items from other estates on April 20-22 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Showtime Auction Services. Tin signs from Coca-Cola and Kelly Tires are expected to sell in the $10,000 range and the cigar store Indians could sell for $30,000 to $50,000. A rare cigar tip cutter from the 1890s could go for up $50,000.
[via Cigar Cyclopedia