The history bug makes people do very strange things. Case in point: I just bought a scroungy old pie tin on eBay. Why? Because it's stamped "Knott's Berry Place."
No, that's not a typo. Knott's Berry Place became Knott's Berry Farm in 1947. That makes this "distressed antique" a rare artifact from one of my favorite chapters of local history.
The guy I bought the tin from said it was nailed to the side of a barn on Starr Ranch until the 1960s, when someone pried it off and tucked it away for safekeeping.