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Wadena’s Haul Out Homestore has a story to go with every quirky item

Vintage goods you can't find elsewhere have found a home in this newly remodeled corner of Wadena.

Exterior of the Haul Out Homestore in Wadena.
The Haul Out Homestore in Wadena is currently open three days a week offering vintage and collectible items along with other home goods.
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WADENA — Charlie Holmes is a purveyor of oddities, a connoisseur of curiosity and a sleuth for stories. He’s also the salesman at Haul Out Homestore, Wadena’s latest business focused on selling collectibles and cleaning up your estate.

The business is located in the former Dean Uselman potato factory on Hwy 10, next door to Erica's House of Wellness . Business partners Holmes and Wayne Wells started remodeling at the site in the summer of 2019 and opened for business in mid-December.

The store sells vintage items like old action figures and games most of us have long since parted ways with. The walls are adorned with old pictures and posters from decades ago. There’s board and video games, an assortment of more modern treasures and other items you’re unlikely to stumble upon elsewhere. Oodles of collectible sports cards are under glass but feast your eyes on just about anything and the owners can tell you things you’d never imagined.

A view of the inside and outside of Haul Out Homestore in Wadena.
Haul Out Homestore opened in December 2021 in Wadena and includes action figures among their inventory or homestore items.
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Holmes, a collector himself, loves the items he sells and loves to talk about them with those visiting. From educating people on how to restore an old board game box, to how to spot a fake valuable, he’s eager to share.

On one recent visit, Holmes showed off a Babe Ruth baseball card, which, if it were real, would be worth over $30,000. As is, it's a wonderful education piece on making a fake look real and a conversation starter.


“It’s never for sale, it’s more of a knowledge thing,” Holmes said.

Charlie Homes at the Haul Out Homestore in Wadena.
Charlie Holmes partners with Wayne Wells in a new Wadena business Haul Out Homestore.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

The business is filled with treasures the partners have gathered from their storage unit finds, estate sale clean outs and their searching across the region. Holmes said those venturing into the store will see a constant rotation of goods. If items are not selling off the shelves, they plan to remove those items to make room for new items. Holmes said many of their sales are done online.

Holmes does not want this place known as a thrift store. He said instead it’s a place of recycled goods, goods that still have a lot of use in them.

“I don’t deal a lot with antiques,” Holmes said. “I would say more vintage collectibles from 1960s to 2000s.”

A view of the inside and outside of Haul Out Homestore in Wadena.
Haul Out Homestore opened in December 2021 in Wadena.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

Opening a business focused on personal interests to make a buck is one thing, but Holmes said this business is to be beneficial to the community. One way to do that is through giving back funds raised from sports card sales. He plans to use those sales as an effort to raise money to make available sporting equipment for local players.

“This store isn’t about making money, it’s more or less helping the people around here,” Holmes said. He says his other job, painting, allows him to use this business to give back. He plans to have low cost sports equipment on hand so young players can afford to get into sports.

Aside from collectibles, there are hometore items, as the store name implies. Of that retail, all glassware gets pulled after 30 days. What isn’t bought will be recycled. And on that wavelength, Holmes said the business plans to put on quite an event come June that will help to get the business recognized even more. They hope to host a grand opening around June Jubilee.

Holmes makes the trip to Wadena from Moorhead each day he works. His connection to the community includes the Klebbs family and his wife’s family, the Geisers. Wells also has connections to the community and operates the business side of things while running to auctions and sales around the region.


The business’ winter hours include three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Days may increase as the warmer months come around.

Contact the business at or visit them at 219 Ash Ave. NE Hwy 10 East.

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