Found: Be Gone Oil

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 11th 2009 3713 0

Jinx Be Gone!

Jinx Be Gone!

Don’t bring any jinxes over here, because I’ve got a bottle of Jinx Remover and I know how to use it.

I stopped by A. Schwab on Beale Street a few days ago to pick up the little bottle (and some allegedly lucky candles) for the scavenger hunt.

A. Schwab is a really interesting place. It’s a dry goods store that’s been open on Beale Street since 1876. I’ve always sort of questioned their motto (“If you can’t get it it at Schwabs, you don’t need it”), but there’s really no reason to, as A. Schwab has everything.

Inside A. Schwab on Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.

Inside A. Schwab on Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.

Here’s a short list of items for sale at the three-story store: Pine Sol, Tennessee flags, St. Jude candles, Happy Valentine’s Day plates, gigantic granny panties, mardi gras beads, party hats, buttons, plastic dinosaurs, frying pans, barbecue sauce, and umbrella hats. You know how there are always random boxes of soap and socks and seasoning salt at flea markets? Schwab’s has those, too.

A. Schwab, Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.

A. Schwab, Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.

If you go to A. Schwab, make sure you stop by the Beale St. Museum on the second story landing. The museum is a collection of random objects from Memphis’s past (and the best part – you can touch everything).

Beale Street Museum, A. Schwab, Memphis, Tenn.

Beale Street Museum, A. Schwab, Memphis, Tenn.

There are clothes, yearbooks, office supplies, ball jars, and maps. The items are set out on tables and hanging on racks. Unlike a normal museum, nothing is explained. There are no notecards or organizational clues as to the significance of a lot of the items.

Stop into A. Schwab next time you’re on Beale – it’s one of those bizarre, completely lovely, very Memphis sort of places.

Go There:

A. Schwab

163 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Tammy M. says:

    I recently visited Memphis and I HAD to stop at A. Schwab to browse. It’s a very unique store with the most random collection of items. Love it!

  2. Wintermute says:

    Looks as thought Schwab’s needs to hire my sister to produce their oil labels (if she’s not under exclusive contract with Tater Red).

    Meanwhile, you want to see some great labels?

    http://www.luckymojo.com/mojocatoils.html

  3. Brett says:

    Not to quibble, but I believe you meant 1876, not 1976, which is quite a bit longer, heh.

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