Zane's Antiques & Antiquities is an antiques shop in the town of Broodhollow, located at 1656 Birch Lane. The shop was owned and operated by Virgil Zane before his death, upon which Virgil's title and interest in the property passed to his distant nephew and next of kin, Wadsworth Zane. The building itself is apparently owned by local businessman Rutherford Planchett, who had expected to gain ownership of the store's contents before Wadsworth was found. The store was apparently once considered a local institution, although the store's condition is quite poor when Wadsworth inherits it.
Contents and appearanceEdit
The storefront appears to be in very poor condition, with broken, dirty or missing windows showcasing what looks like disorganized and highly damaged stock. Inside, the bulk of the antiques seem to be randomly strewn across and under two long tables covered with cobwebs, with more items stacked onto several high shelves around the room. A row of cabinets lines one wall, which may contain more antiques.
The items themselves don't appear to be particularly valuable, with Wadsworth remarking that the older items appear to be sooty, perhaps implying that the store's oldest pieces may have been recovered from the 1840 Downtown Fire. Although the store's contents appear to Wadsworth's untrained eye to be nothing more than junk, Rutherford Planchett's interest in the property may indicate that the antiques are more valuable than they appear, either financially or supernaturally.
Before Virgil Zane's death, he'd moved into his store's stockroom, which he converted into a makeshift bedroom. When Wadsworth first toured the property, the bedding was still stained with blood, as the bed had served as Virgil's deathbed. The stockroom also contains a desk and a telephone, and the walls are covered with genealogical research clippings. The desk contained a letter confirming that Virgil had been aware of Wadsworth's existence, and an official invitation to the Society of the Skull and Shovels. It is possible that Rutherford Planchett's aggressive attempts to take possession of Virgil Zane's property may have had more to do with the mysterious contents of the stockroom than the value of the store's actual stock.