I was on vacation last week out in the mountains of North Carolina. As we were driving home we passed through the small town of Waynesville, NC. It was later in the day and we stopped at an antique (junk) shop outside of town. It was one of those big warehouse kind of buildings with different dealers. One dealer caught my eye because she had a small table of old ink wells, a very old bottle of Quink that was half-full and a cloissonne ink blotter. I was looking at some things at the counter and noticed in an old jewelry box a lapel pin for the PCA, Pen Collectors of America. I asked the lady about it and she said that she and her husband each have stores, his is in town, and not long ago they were at an estate sale and bought the whole collection of an old guy who had been a collector. She said no one else wanted it so they were able to buy the whole collection.
Unfortunately, all the pens and the vast majority of the stuff was at her husband's place. She said he had "boxes" of pens, most of which he's not even looked at yet.
The great shame was that the store was closed that day. So, here's the lucky day for someone who's out in that direction.
Here's what I know.
The store where I met the wife and saw the other stuff was
13 Peddlers Square
Waynesville, NC 28786
Their names are Rebecca Reeves-Pastoor and Bert Pastoor
Her husband's store is in the Frog Level section of Waynesville (apparently named because it used to be a swamp and so was down at "Frog Level") It's on Depot Street. She said it was called the same thing, but I can't find any mention of such a store in Waynesville. Frog Level is a newly renovated area of old warehouses and such down by the railroad tracks (hence Depot St.) with antique shops, art galleries, etc.. Waynesville actually looked like a cute little mountain town. Bogarts is a good place to eat. It's basically pub food, but the quality was surprisingly good.
Good luck, and let me know if anyone tracks it down and gets anything neat. The quality of the tiny bit of stuff I saw gave great promise of a very nice collection.