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Hop and Shop bus takes antique fans to five stores in 2 counties
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Magpie Antique Shop owner Janet Dyke, right, and vendor Belinda Cardoza welcome two of their guests with freshly baked pie at their Ripon location in the downtown area. Their shoppers are, from left, Dolly Manguin and Valli Wigt, both of Modesto. - photo by GLENN KAHL

It was a shopping adventure for antiques completely out of the box Thursday with a chartered bus taking interested collectors to five shops on both sides of the Stanislaus River from Salida and Ripon to Manteca.

The 19-passenger bus transported the shoppers in two sections, one following the other to the five locations.  Five of the women were docents from the McHenry Mansion and the McHenry Museum in Modesto.

The event began about 10 a.m. from the Antique Warehouse on Sisk Road in Salida to Ripon where proprietors served a box lunch for their guests at the Magpie Antique Shop at 10:30 a.m.

Magpie owner Janet Dyke had freshly baked pies as well for her guests with other baked treats and candies offered throughout her store.  Three of her vendors were also on hand to greet the guests including Belinda Cardoza of Manteca.

From The Magpie the women walked up a block to the fashionable Divine Décor shop searching through the rooms of antiques, collectibles and contemporary items for home design.  When their perusing at that shop came to an end, they walked to the next location at the Cozy Nest in the 200 block of West Main Street.

The bus again picked them up and transported them to Manteca where they were scheduled to visit Betty Castle’s Antique Avenue nestled in the Target shopping center behind Applebee’s Restaurant for their last stop of the day before returning to their starting location in Salida at about 2:30 in the afternoon.