Ponderosa Tree Farm AntiquesHappy 75th birthday to my mom, Susan Wood, of Antiques Manchester, Tennessee, today! She is practically the most awesome person I know, and my goal is to grow up to be just like her. And since she hates having her picture taken, I’ve done the next best thing and put pictures here of just one of her claims to fame: her antique shop, Ponderosa Tree Farm Antiques. She is known far and wide as an antiques and auction expert and she’s gathered some of the results Tennessee antiquesof her sharp eyes and buying skills here in her antiques shop. She also has three booths at an antiques mall, but my favorite is her shop. I love wandering through and discovering new finds she’s rescued from folks Manchester, Tennesseewho don’t appreciate the value of a vintage flour-sack apron or a chunky retro beaded bracelet. She’s got dishes, books, kitchen ware, dolls, toys, clothes, linens and almost any other thing you might want to collect. And, listen, she does all this herself — and with help from my dad. She loads and totes and prices and organizes and cleans and presses — it’s exhausting just to think about, but she loves it. I cannot keep up with her. In fact, I can’t keep up with either of my parents — they pretty much put me to shame. Read more in my weekly newspaper column,, and have a happy birthday, Mom! Love you!!!

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  1. Okay, not “if must get to his antique shop”…. I MEANT, I must get to this antique shop.

  2. If I lived nearby, I would LOVE to spend time in your Mother’s shop. There looks to be so many goodies on the shelves, on the walls,and on chairs. It would easily be a two or three walk around type of store.
    Please wish her a Happy Birthday, from a Blogger friend in NJ! 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday to your Mom. Your parents are both very talented and active. They’ve set the bar high for all of us retirees.

  4. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. My mom would never comment here but she always reads everything I write and she is so tickled that you all like her shop! Anybody who gets close to Manchester should go check it out.

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