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Fans of old things share fabulous finds, fond memories at 'Primitive Lane'

A collection of wooden houses is displayed on a fireplace mantel.
Photographer: McClatchy Newspapers/Courtesy of Patrick Blake
A collection of wooden houses is displayed on a fireplace mantel.
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Patrick Blake grew up in a house in southeastern Virginia, where his mother devoted one room, the living room, to antiques. “I always loved walking around in that room, gazing at her bed warmer hanging on the wall, the old spinning wheel in the corner, the iron and corn popper leaning against the fireplace,” he says. Now 43 and living and working as a freelance visual merchan-diser and designer in the same area, Blake still ...

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