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Ugly Trailor Antiques was started November 19th, 2009 by Fred and Sue Thomas in a little town called Hurricane, Utah, just outside of Zion National Park.
One of the most asked questions is: How did we come by our name? At an estate sale months before we started our store we ran across a trailer that was in a movie and we didn't know what to do with it. We told everybody we could think of about this ugly, but cool trailer, but no one was interested so we forgot about it.
A couple of months later we had a new store and had to give it a name. Fred and I were trying out different names but it was hard to come up with a name no one else had ever used. I was still trying to figure out a use for the ugly trailer (that's what we called it) so out of my mouth comes “what about the ugly trailor”? (Meaning "what are we going to do with it?") Well, my husband turned to me and said “I love it!” So by accident that became our name! Yes, we spell “Trailor” with an “o” and not an “e.” We did it on purpose.
The next step was to get our name out there. We put the trailor in many parades (10 that year), where we threw candy to the kids and discount coupons to the parents. We entered the business expo, county fair, peach days, Hurricane car show (the people who attended the car show are the ones who dissected what parts the trailor was made from), and anything else we could think of our first year.
Fred and I started by “divide and conquer.” things. Instead of painting the whole store one color, we divided the huge walls and painted them different colors! Fred painted sign on the building and we parked the trailor out front.
I am the “idea man” and Fred makes it come true. I work in the office and do all the bookkeeping while Fred likes to fix things. We have put up walls and taken them down, made windows into doors, made walls into doors, built a covered porch with railings, and put in stairs to the front of the store, as well as painted all of our signs on the building. He puts up banners and cleans the parking lot. He can fix anything! He is amazing. I couldn’t run the store without him and he couldn’t run it without me. Together we can do anything!
Fred also is a sale junkie. He loves any kind of sale; yard sales, estate sales, auctions, etc. even more than me! (I didn't think that was possible!) He was always bringing something home. Sometimes he would buy things and not know what it was or what was he going to do with it.
If you have ever been in our store you would have been met by “Cali,” our now 2 year old dashie-doodle. She is our greeter and she loves her belly rubbed. She even has her own groupies that love her. They come in periodically to get there ‘Cali’ fix. People shop with her, take her picture and even try to sneak her out in their oversized purses! I actually had to have a tag made for her that she wears around her neck that says ”not for sale”. If you get lucky and shes happy to see you she will grab her favorite toy of the day and zoom around the store at 100 miles an hour. We call her “Zippy” when she’s like that. She is hilarious!
In 2011 my husband bought me a birthday present and every day I share it with customers. It is a 1901 player piano! I love to share it with new customers by giving them a quarter to play the piano. It not only is a player piano but it also has three instruments in it: two drums,and a tambourine. It came with 10 rolls and each roll has 15 songs on it. They vary from Elvis, Ragtime, Christmas, and many others. The little kids love it, the teenagers have never seen one, and the big big kids love to sing and dance with it. So bring a quarter and go back in time
The old rusty horse trailer was made out of 1938 Automobile parts including Buick sedan, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile. Our trailer was in the movie “The Electric Horseman” with Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Wilford Brimley, and Willie Nelson. The movie was filmed in this area: from Las Vegas, Nevada to Hurricane and Virgin Utah in 1978.
The premise of the movie is a washed-up cowboy who was doing a commercial for cereal and comes across a drugged horse with a bad leg. He didn't like how the horse was being treated so he rides this horse right out the front door of a casino and rides off with it.
The $12 million dollar horse that was stolen was hidden in the trailer in a barn in Virgin utah, but that scene was cut. Also the trailer was towed behind the motorhome but that scene was changed to putting the horse in the motorhome instead of the trailer. Both scenes were cut out from the original four and a half hour movie. So ladies, “come touch” the trailer because Robert Redford did! Woo-hoo!
Other facts about out store:
-If you can't find it in our 22,000 sq. foot store, my motto has become “if we don't have it, it doesn't exist!”
-We have 30 day layaway
-We buy gold and silver,
-We rent out consignment booths
-We help liquidate estates
-We buy estates
Come and visit us in Hurricane, Utah at 25 East State Street or call us at (435) 635-8234.