The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 24, 2012

Wally Kennedy: Tartan Traders ready to negotiate

By Wally Kennedy

JOPLIN, Mo. — Say buddy, you’re not from around here, are you?

That’s a question that Patrick McGlashan often gets when he starts talking. Growing up near Glasgow in Scotland has given him a wee bit of an accent.

McGlashan has infused his new business, Tartan Traders Antiques & Collectibles, 300 Hodgdon Road, with that Scottish flair. “Failte,’’ or welcome, above the entrance sets the stage for what you will find inside. His booths are trimmed in a tartan plaid.

McGlashan has assembled an interesting collection of vendors inside this flea market that sets it apart from the rest. Here are some examples. In a display case are three sets of cloth “identity papers’’ that were issued during World War II. On a wall are framed images of malamutes that are, in fact, the covers of menus from an Alaskan cruise line. Make sure you see the ‘N Sync puppets. I could go on and on.

Another distinguishing feature is the pricing. This is not a museum where you walk around and look at things. These items are priced to sell. “Everything is negotiable,’’ McGlashan said.

When I meet someone from Scotland or Ireland, I like to ask them how they got from there to here because I wonder how it was that my Irish ancestor settled along Warren Branch in Newton County five generations ago. The question usually elicits a fascinating story. For McGlashan, it’s pretty simple.

“I’m just a souvenir,’’ he said. One that his wife, Debra, brought back with her to the states nine years ago.

McGlashan got his start at the Joplin Flea Market about three years ago with an outside booth. Then he got an inside booth. His business really started to boom when he began purchasing the contents of abandoned storage units.

If you’re not sure about the location of Tartan Traders, it’s in the former Bicycle Specialist shop across Range Line Road from the Fletcher Ford dealership. From the outside, it looks kind of small. Don’t let that fool you. It’s full of stuff.


Barring any unforeseen glitches, the Taco Bell at 2601 S. Main St., should reopen this week — possibly on Monday. The tornado did not destroy the restaurant, but it was so badly damaged that repair was not cost-effective. It had to be rebuilt.

The building stood vacant at the southeast corner of 26th and Main for what seemed like an eternity. It was one of the last remnants of the storm to be hauled away. For a while there, I was getting a bit irritated with the fact that nothing was being done. But once the owners got started, they really went to town. It looks great now.

Mark your calendar now. The LongHorn Steakhouse at 20th Street and Range Line Road is set to open at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

Show me the money

You know, it’s the little things that can make your day a little brighter.

While researching a story last week on gift cards that do not expire, I visited the website operated by Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. The website,, can link you to unclaimed property that is being held in your name. Think of it as Missouri’s largest lost and found.

I typed my name into the search function. I was told that I have unclaimed property. It was a check for $30. That will come in handy this holiday season.

What I learned is that the state is holding nearly $700 million in unclaimed assets in more than 4.3 million owner accounts. The average return is $300. About one in 10 Missourians has unclaimed property in some form.

A co-worker checked her father’s name and found that he, too, had unclaimed property. Bottom line: find some time to check it out.

If you have news about something that’s happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 623-3480, Ext. 7250; or send an email to; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 623-8598.