Sandhills Curio Shop
201 S Sheb Wooley St
Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” character
Be sure to stop and visit “Mediocre Music Makers” Annabell and Harley Russell and their magnificent collection of everything. Signage decks out the exterior of the building making it worth the stop, even when it is off season.
If you are lucky, Harley and Annabelle put on a “redneck serenade” for you when you are in the shop (They usually perform for tour groups) They’ve been entertaining travelers on Route 66 since the mid-80’s.
Nothing in the shop is for sale though. And they claim that they are done buying (there isn’t room for anything more in the shop.) Even their house behind the shop is also covered in automobile and transportation signs.
This was a stop on the 2002 Route 66 Caravan, a 66-day road trip led by preservationist and historian, Jim Conkle. He lead the The Route 66 Caravan from “pier to pier,” Santa Monica to Chicago to raise the awareness of Route 66 and the need to preserve it. He posted more than 50 Hampton “Save a Landmark” signs along the route.
Lizzie’s Curio Shop from the Pixar movie “Cars” is chockfull of Route 66 memorabilia, and based on both the Hackberry General Store in Arizona as well as the Sandhills Curio Shop in Erick, Oklahoma. Plus the voice of the character “Tow Mater” is said to be very similar to that of Harley. To read more about sites that inspired “Cars” be sure to read Ron Warnick’s blog – Route 66 News
(be forewarned – the curio shop/folk art environment is closed late October through March, although it is a photo op spectacular year-round. 2012 – Annabelle has been improving since her bout with cancer.)
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