Beaver Tinsley’s love of history goes back to his childhood. He fondly remembers spending time at his grandfather’s store on Stemley Road. Beaver and his wife, Sandra, decided a few years back to build their own general store in the pasture of their home in Renfroe and feature items Tinsley has gathered over the years. Every piece has a story and Beaver knows them all.
One of his favorite items is a wooden crate that was originally used to ship ketchup that came from his grandfather’s store. Two pieces he added recently include post office boxes from Bumpus Mills, Tenn., and a Royal typewriter given to him by Vern Miller, former senior editor of the Progressive Farmer.
When told the show American Pickers would have a field day at his store, Tinsley replied, “No they wouldn’t, because I wouldn’t sell them anything!”