Living

Living

A 1931 Chevy, money laundering machine and other finds at Branham’s Precious Metals

Up the road a ways, on S.C. 21 between Blythewood and Ridgeway, is place of uncanny curiousness. I have passed by it more times than I can count, and finally, on a recent day, I decided it was the day to stop and see what was behind a sign by the side of the road which sported most of a 1932 Chevrolet coupe on the top half and the words, “Branham’s PRECIOUS METALS – We Find Vintage Iron” on the bottom half. Boy howdy was I glad I hit the brakes.

Family

Parents @ Play: The last gasp of summer

But summer definitely isn't over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites.

Home & Garden

With a childlike whimsy

LOS ANGELES - Married eight years, the couple work together as the creative agency NONdesigns and live in the Dorland house, a two-bedroom, one-bath house designed by Lloyd Wright that they purchased in 2013.

Pets

These old dogs are special picks at sanctuary

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Videos

Branham's Precious Metals, a gem of a junkyard

Rodger Branham's passion is old and unique stuff. Some may call his business, located between Ridgeway and Blythewood on Highway 21, a junkyard, but he refers to it as Branham's Precious Metals. And for those needing a part to a vintage vehicle, he might just be the man to see.
Tim Dominick tdominick@thestate.com
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