Laramie businessman sees new potential in antiques | Wyoming News
Greg Johnson Laramie Boomerang via Wyoming News Exchange
LARAMIE – It’s the larger-than-life wide-eyed and goofy smile that first catch your eye.
But it’s the playful curl of Gary McKim’s smile and the slightly offbeat twinkle in his eyes that makes you wonder about the collection and designs in and around McKim’s Upholstery and Auto Sales just off Snowy Range Road in West Laramie.
Instantly recognizable, those googly eyes are pinned inside the windshield of Stanley, a 1924 Graham-Paige truck. The vintage machine was transformed into a character of the same name from the 2006 Pixar animated film “Cars.”
“Oh, he’s been there for a few weeks or so,” McKim said.
Over the past 22 years, the spot in front of McKim’s tiny boutique has showcased many of his ideas and designs. Most are like Stanley, something just for fun that doesn’t mess with what’s underneath. And for the most part, they all have something in common.
“They’re all for sale,” he says.
But Stanley is just a hook that most of the time is worth seeing when people pass by. The lucky few who stop by, however, can take a short tour of McKim’s eclectic collection of antiques.
“I love unique stuff,” he said. “Anything unique or weird. “