Man Collects Old Cereal Boxes For 40 Years, Then Reveals Antique General Store In His Basement

by Jess Butler
Jess is a curly-haired Jersey girl who adores penguins and watches the worst reality shows on TV.

Mike Igoe was a former TV reporter with a very interesting hobby.

He’s spent the past 40 years collecting old signs, cereal boxes, and memorabilia in order to create something spectacular in his basement — his own old-fashioned general store.

In the video below, posted on May 17, 2017, Mike explains, “Over the years, I went to auctions, flea markets, garage sales.”

Once he had enough time-capsule items in his grandiose collection, he asked a neighbor for help constructing an area in his home where he could display all of his priceless items.

His ordinary basement completely transformed into a pretty authentic-looking general store.

In the clip below, he gives a long tour around his DIY shop and walks over to a magnificent piece. “This cash register only goes up to $1, so it’s quite old,” he says and opens up the drawer for the camera.

Mike even has a complete barbershop section in the corner, complete with an antique chair and shaving tools from the past.

Although he is proud of his basement transformation, he has decided to scale back a bit.

If you are interested in any pieces from Mike’s collection, please visit Also, see WKBW on Facebook and YouTube for more stories like this one!

Finally, check out the incredible general store sitting in Mike’s basement in the video below, courtesy of WKB.

And please SHARE if you think this is a creative way to decorate an empty space in any home!

Thumbnail Source: Flickr / Ian Muir

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