Transitions: Shawn Allison

Shawn Allison

Date: June 23

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location:  On his front porch at the corner of West Lake Street & 3rd Avenue

When Robb Long approached Allison, he had a wall of masks off to the side of his house. He asked Allison where he got them.

“About 15 years ago, I had an auction on toys, advertising and collectables of every imaginable thing … board games, cap pistols, rocket ships, tin toys, electric trains, Betty Boop, Marilyn Monroe, Coca Cola and I could go on and on and on. … 

Right now, we’re trying to save the homestead, gonna go into a sheriff’s sale type of foreclosure and we’re just having bad times right now. I was self-employed at an antique store I owned right around the corner but had to stop working because I am pretty beat up, don’t feel real well. I had that place for 13 or 14 years over off of Lake Street. We’ve been virtually selling off everything we own trying to save the place, but we are like seven house payments behind so it ain’t lookin good. We’re going to talk to some people in the housing business to see if we could do something. We have no idea where we will be living if we do lose the house.”


Editor’s note: “Transitions” is a new portrait series by photographer Robb Long that highlights people in Southwest.