Thursday, August 25, 2011


                                                                       (Photo by Ed Emmons)
Dan Bruns owner of Spirit of the Past Antiques presents a check for $105.00 to Tazewell County Museum President Christal Dagit Thursday afternoon in downtown Pekin.

Dan and Debi Bruns have owned Spirit of the Past Antiques since July 1, 2011, at 215 N. 5th St. in Pekin. Once a month the Antique shop holds a silent auction with items from their inventory to benefit the Museum's building fund. The items are from the inventory of the Antique shop and not from the Museum. They are residents of Pekin, IL. and long time enthusiast of antiques and vintage items.

This month they are featuring items such as Milk Glass "Grape and Panel", Pitcher and 6 glasses, collection of books, Russian Samovar serving dish, Decanters, Grinder, 2 Dairy bottles, LE Smith Moon and Stars candy dish, and Fenton Glass Shoe. The current auction ends 5pm, the first Sunday in September.

All items are come from "Spirit of the Past Antiques" or are donated by their vendors. All proceeds are donated to the Tazewell County Museum and Education Center (Building Fund).

Dan told me that he and wife of 5 years Debi have always loved history. He said that he spends 50 hours a week at the shop and another 30 hours a week looking for items. They do not buy items that are brought into the shop. He estimates that the shop contains over 5,000 items.

Other items that have been auctioned off in the past for the Museum (Building Fund) are a 78 rpm Elvis Presley Copy of Hound Dog that went for $31.00,  an 1800's spinning wheel that went for $75.00, and a fossil of a fern for $25.00.

Some of the items being auctioned this month include Milk Glass"Grape and Panel" Pitcher and 6 glasses.

Spirit of the Past Antiques are open 6 days a week with evening hours and an owner will be on-site at all times. Their phone number is 309-346-1660, and their website is . You can email them at .

If your business would be interested in helping the Museum please call Christal Dagit at 347-8375 or by emailing her at .

                                                            Spirit of the Past Antiques


Anonymous said...

Its really too bad that the City of Pekin and Tazewell County officials do not support our Museum instead of the one across the river.

Anonymous said...

Great story and Pictures.

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