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“Hidden gem”

Emma's Museum of Junk
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Jasper
Certificate of Excellence
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Jasper, Arkansas
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Emma's is THE place to go......not just for the tourists, but it's the locals' place to go find
that something special for themselves or a gift for someone. We check her out at least once a week to see what's new. Quirky, interesting and fun to see what treasure you may discover. Definitely n ot to be missed.

Visited July 2013
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Harrison, Arkansas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Eclectic Ecstasy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

My first visit to Emma's will definitely not be my last. What fun to stroll through lots of different treasures from ages past and the present. I bought fossil sharks' teeth.

Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Jeanette F
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Russellville, Arkansas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“a treasure chest of hidden gems!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

I go to Emma's place at least once a year and every single time I go, I leave with a big bag full of stuff. I really don't know how she does it but I discover something new every time. There's everything under the sun there too, from the most amusing kitsch to evoke a childhood memory to truly beautiful one-of-a-kind type items crafted by locals to add a touch of shabby country chic to your home. I love the handmade soaps, the 'twig' coat hangers, church pews, vintage door knobs and knockers (of the kind one would pay an arm and a leg for at upscale restoration places), the antique dolls, vintage Bulgarian ceramics, and on and on and on. The only difference is that, at Emma's, the prices reflect the down-to-earth and whimsical nature of a place which refuses to take itself all that seriously, i.e., the prices are ridiculously affordable considering some of these things are one-of-a-kind finds. You have to wade through the mundane -yet fun and funky stuff- in order to find the hidden gems and curious of course, but that's part of the fun and raison d'etre of this place. Again, the name says it all, it's a museum full of old and forgotten Americana and mementos from around the world that one would find in an old and well-traveled relative's attic where the surprises await at every corner. The whole place looks like Auntie Mame's country hideaway and the outdoor area of the store is a virtual treasure trove of secret garden, shabby chic-type things: old, weathered wooden benches, coat or broom racks, vintage farm tools turned into art objects of practical use, etc. You name it, she has it. Incidentally, I suspect those who claim not to be too impressed by this place, have obviously completely missed the point of the whole experience, and while some of the items may be whimsical junk to some, some of it are indeed real treasures. I personally feel transported to my childhood every time I go and the whole experience is made all the more enjoyable after a chat with Emma herself. She is a wonderful character. Remember, this isn't an upscale pottery barn or pretentious antique store. This is a down-to-earth, shabby chic curio emporium. Picture an Anthropologie-type store filled with objects a million times more authentic and a million times cheaper and you'll have Emma's. Not to be missed when in Jasper.

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stopped in while visiting Jasper and it is a very charming store. They were very friendly in the store. It was fun looking at all of the stuff, it brought back some childhood memories for me and my husband. I bought some homemade soap from the area and it is great!! If you are in town, it is worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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Waddy, Kentucky
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fun place to stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Emma's has a nicely displayed selection of antiques and other "junk". There is just about anything you could imagine laying around. Great place to stop in and look around and beat the summer heat while in Jasper. Her collection of succulents in front of the store definitely should be mentioned, and the kitsch of it all should keep you busy for a good half an hour, even if you don't buy anything!

Visited June 2013
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