Relic Road Junk and Vintage

Who We Are

Giving you peace of mind and time that you didn't have to begin with. 

 

Kari Christenson, Owner of Relic Road Kari Christenson, Owner

Our job is to help families uncover history and memories that they didn't even know were there. 

Relic Road is a family run business that offers full clean-out services, haul away, auction or sale coordination within 75 miles of La Crosse, WI.

We will take the time to go through each piece of paper, box, folder and drawer to make sure your family photos, insurance policies and important documents are safely in your hands. When we are done, your property will be clean and ready to sell! Best of all, we do this all within a couple of days!

The first time you are responsible for cleaning out a room full of stuff you realize how overwhelming it can be to part with material things that bring up memories. Sometimes the memories are happy, sometimes sad or nostalgic, and often emotional hijacks happen along the way that can prevent us from getting rid of the clutter that overwhelms. We’ve been there and we can help!  

My name is Kari Christenson and I started Relic Road Junk & Vintage after experiencing those same emotions when I lost 3 of my grandparents all within a relatively short time. I’ve worked in Hospice care, and had the privilege of assisting many families with the journey of grief over the years.  When it was my own grief however, I kept things that I thought would remind me what my Grandma cooked like, smelled like, and hugged like. Truth was, that jello mold was never going to get used. I can’t cook a lick! I’ve never made a successful bowl of jello in my life! It was then that I realized that our stuff does not define us- our families will have memories and stories to carry on for years, but sometimes we just need a guide to help us sort through the mental and physical clutter.  So Relic Road was born!  

My husband Rick has been an antique dealer for over 20 years and we own a store called Gasoline Alley Toys and Antiques in Onalaska, Wisconsin. In 2018, I left my job with a nonprofit health system to spend more time with my family and do something I truly enjoy- helping other families sort through their history. 

In recent years I have learned so much about my grandparents and their parents simply by sorting through stuff. Family history has always been something that I treasured, but sadly it’s not something a lot of families take time to talk about. But the stuff…well, it tells the story. It has shown me what it was like for my Grandpa Vernie to be invited to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1950, only to be drafted into the Korean War, missing his chance to play baseball. Instead he would proudly serve his country as a medic in the war and return home to own a Texaco gas station until I was young. He wouldn’t talk about those years very much but I could see them through his eyes in the pictures and Texaco station incentives that read ‘Preston Oil Co.’  I have had the privilege to discover love letters exchanged between my Grandparents and saw in photos what a strong farmgirl my Grandmother once was. We’ve discovered some amazing things about my family in the past few years, and through Relic Road I hope we can do the same thing for you as we move your junk down the road!

-Kari