Old Passions

The Little Ol' Clock Shop in Coos Bay

In 1979 I moved from San Diego to Coos Bay, Oregon because of a job opportunity. For the past 25 years I had been collecting clocks and other mechanical items and I had them displayed in my home. A friend told Mo, a lady who operated several seafood restaurants along the Oregon coast, about my collection and she wanted to see them. One of her "Mo's Seafood Restaurants" was located inside of an old warehouse that had been converted to a little Shopping center called "Mo's Golden Storehouse". Mo was impressed with my collection and said that she had a little shop in her center that looked like a little school house, and that it was vacant. She said that if I would be willing to display my clocks and other mechanical items in that little shop so visitors to her center could view them, I could use the shop rent free.

IFR to Eugene in N8719T
(Instrument Flight Rules) or YSNO

That would have been a great set up except that it always rains in Coos Bay. I am a pilot and it was always IFR conditions when I took my plane out, and flying in IFR (YSNO) conditions is not really much fun, and unless you really had to go somewhere, you did not get to fly much. The other issue was that most of my customers were from Eugene, 80 miles away. (YSNO You See Nothing Outside)

So in 1981 I moved my shop to Eugene

Delivering a clock from Eugene to Coos Bay
for a loyal customer of my old shop

For the past thirty two years (1984-2016), my wife and I had been operating a little Clock museum. The museum contained clocks that my wife and I had collected over the past thirty five years, which was from the first day we met at a garage sale I was having after moving to Eugene. I was selling some old clocks that were left over, from a little Shop I had operated in Coos Bay.

In 1998, Creative Clock became the Nations Number 1 clock shop for sales for the largest manufacture of clocks in the United States. We sold more clocks, but we made less profit overall. After the shop had been opened for a few years, a competing shop owner, made the statement that I was a Tennessee Hill Billy with a discount mentality, and that I was placing nice clocks in homes that really had no business having them. I think it was meant to be an insult, but I think it was the nicest thing that anyone ever said about me.

A few years after opening Creative Clock in Eugene, I started to display our private collection of clocks and other mechanical items I had collected over the past many years, and that my wife and I had collected since we met. and this became the little clock museum that was on Conger Street, and then it became Creative Clock and The Conger Street Clock Museum.

The little museum displayed clocks, old telephones, trains, old toy cars and trucks, radios and radio equipment, old office equipment, old machines, and other items I had been collecting, for the past sixty years.

In 2016 after operating our clock shop and little museum in Eugene for the past 32 years, we decided to close our shop and museum and retire.

After we announced that the shop was going to close and that we were going to have a liquidation sale, one of us had a accident on his motorcycle so he spent the 6 weeks that should have been liquidating their merchandise and items from the museum, trying to recover from his accident instead. While recovering, items were placed in storage, and now they are being placed on our website to finally have our liquidation sale.