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Care for some antiques with your meal?

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As decor manager, Larry Singleton collects and refurbishes antiques for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a chain of over 500 home-style restaurants. (Alan Poizner/Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Wade Winfree assembles a "mock-up" of what the interior of a new Cracker Barrel restaurant will look like. Cracker Barrel's warehouse of antiques, which includes over 100,000 items, is located in Lebanon, Tenn. (Alan Poizner/Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a chain of over 500 home-style restaurants, spends roughly $25,000 on antiques for each of its locations. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a chain of over 500 home-style restaurants, spends roughly $25,000 on antiques for each of its locations. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a home-style restaurant chain with over 500 locations, uses many farming tools and household appliances in its decor. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a chain of over 500 home-style restaurants, spends roughly $25,000 on antiques for each of its locations. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a chain of over 500 home-style restaurants, spends roughly $25,000 on antiques for each of its locations. (Courtesy of Cracker Barrel)

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TGI Friday's spends between $15,000 and $20,000 on antiques for each of its locations. In a recent redesign, TGI Friday's got rid of artifacts from the 1930s in lieu of more modern antiques such as Harley Davidson apparel and MTV moon men. (Courtesy of TGI Friday's)

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Ever wonder why so many chain restaurants have antiques up on the walls? Many companies have extensive decor teams that use authentic antiques to generate a nostalgic atmosphere for diners.


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