There are approximately 90,000 pieces of authentic Americana in the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse and another 700,000 in stores. All items are originals – there are no reproductions.
Every Cracker Barrel has an ox yoke and a horseshoe hanging over the front door, a traffic light over the restrooms, and a barrel with a checker board in front of the fireplace.
Décor items found in stores include a wide variety of products, many of them long obsolete, such as butter churns, farming tools, sports equipment, wood cookstoves, tobacco and home-remedy cans, vintage metal advertising signs, washtubs and ringer washing machines, nickel soft-drink machines, old bottles and mechanics' tools. There are vintage black-and-white portraits throughout every store as well.
Once items are cleaned, prepped and catalogued, they are kept on shelves in the Décor Warehouse until they are pulled and sent to stores.
The warehouse itself houses a treasure trove of décor items and also includes a restoration area, a section dedicated to mocking up the décor layout for an upcoming new store, and a lobby area.
The 1926 Model T, nicknamed “Ole Lightening,” which sits just inside the warehouse, once stood in front of the Sweetwater, Tennessee store. Larry Singleton drove it around the Atlanta Motor Speedway before one of the Cracker Barrel 500 races in the mid-1990s.
Each store has an average of 1,000 pieces of décor.