Trade shows are where Parsons makes most of the money from selling his collectibles. His small shop
in Bartlett doesn't hold anywhere near all of his collectables, nor his most valuable. But it holds a lot. One could spend
hours just looking around.
"I did coin and jewelry shows, paper money shows, civil war shows,
gun and knife shows, watch shows, any kind of show that I could set up and buy, sell or trade," said Parsons.
Parsons said about eight years ago he decided he could make a living at his hobby.
started doing more shows, and I figured out that I was having more fun doing that, and I figured out that if I increased the
number of shows that I did, that I could make it," said Parsons.
Parsons said his favorite
collectibles are military items.
"Anything military- guns, knives, swords, buttons, bullets,
any kind of accoutrements," said Parsons. "The War of 1812 through World War II is my favorite time line (as far
as wars go)."
Parsons said that if you really look for a collectible you can usually find
it. But be careful, if you find something too easy, chances are it is probably a fake. That is why he enjoys metal detecting
"If I dig up something out of the ground, chances are 9 out of 10 that it is real,"
Parsons said. "I like researching camp sites where (Civil War) military troops traveled from one city to the next, the
railroads that they followed, and you can get a pretty good idea of where they camped and where to look sometimes by researching.
I have found more stuff in Germantown, Collierville to Grand Junction than I have anywhere else. LaGrange had hundreds of
thousands of troops in that little bitty town. If someone gives me permission, I'll go. Any home that predates the Civil War,
obviously there is going to be some Civil War stuff on the property. I have found a lot of stuff in downtown Memphis because
it fell so early in the war," said Parsons.
Parsons' favorite thing he has found digging
is a belt buckle from the Civil War. Known as the Unknown Belt Buckle it bears the symbol of the Shelby Grays and Parsons
found the accoutrement belt with everything with it, the man's Bowie knife and other things.
was just really neat," said Parsons.
Parsons has quite a bit of Civil War collectibles for
sale at his store. You won't leave empty handed if you are a Civil War enthusiast.
In fact, you
probably won't leave empty handed if you are any kind of enthusiast. From antique glass bottles to hat pins and of course
coins. Bartlett Coins and Collectibles is definitely worth taking a look at - or two or three looks for that matter. Bartlett
Coin and Collectibles also buys collectibles and gold, but you might want to call first, the number is 377-9444.