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Meet Trip

Meet Trip

Our owner, Trip has an extensive background as a Sr. Human Resource Executive. He retired to pursue a second career buying, selling and trading collectible militaria and quality Native American artifacts. Since he was 5 years old, Trip has been collecting Native American artifacts from across the USA. He began collecting military and antique guns when he was in grade school. Today, he has an extensive personal collection of military handguns, historical weapons and Native American artifacts.

Trip also attended Missouri Auction School, and is proficient in planning and executing estate auctions. Trip’s real passion is collecting quality Native American artifacts. He always enjoys discussing the provenance, authenticity and background of any item in his shop or something that a collector might bring in the shop.

Circle T Collectibles is family-owned with over 50 years of experience. Read an article about our shop below!

Circle T Collectibles Offers Collectible Militaria & Museum Quality Native American Artifacts


By Blake Willoughby | Special to the Globe | August 27, 2017


In the Circle T Collectibles shop you will find “Skully,” a hand crafted skull encrusted with seafoam turquoise created by a Navajo Artisan somewhere between 1880 and 1920. Triplett began collecting Native American Artifacts over 70 years ago and has countless items at his store plus a sizeable personal collection. There is also a 1,200-year-old Mississippian head pot created in honor of a fallen Mississippian warrior. The detail on the pots - often used as seed pots- reflected the scar tattoos and ear piercings of the honorees. There are 100’s of flint and hard stone artifacts on display, some as old as 20,000 years and locally found. All are for sale and guaranteed 100% authentic.

At Circle T Collectibles in Carl Junction, you will also find a variety of military head gear from across the globe. You will find Civil War items such as an 1861 .577 caliber Tower Enfield musket used by confederates during the Civil War. The shop even has a rare WWII 1944 German Mounted Infantry saddle.

Sometimes, Circle T Collectibles has rare Native American clothing such as a pair of mukluks believed to have been crafted by either Inuit of Tlingit Indians on the Northwest coast between 1880 - 1920.

There are literally 100’s of knives at Circle T Collectibles, ranging from pocketknives to military combat knives and swords. For example, you will find a hand crafted theater knife made from a bayonet by a U.S. Soldier. Some of the WWII theater knives contained photos of loved ones under a Plexiglas handle. You will also find an extremely rare Floyd Nichols WWII Buffalo Nickel fighting knife with an Alfred Cornish sheath. Nichols, a WWI veteran, only made 1,200 of the knives - with a buffalo nickel inset in the handle - for troops going into combat from his immediate area in Bone Creek, Nebraska. Cornish, a longtime friend and leather craftsman, fashioned the sheaths. The Nichols dagger is one of the rarest WWII combat knives known and is quite valuable. Circle T has a rare WWII Australian issued combat “Cog” knife complete with brass knuckles on the handle.

There is a unique display of automatic weapons (machine guns) from countries such as Russia, Italy, Portugal, England, Germany and more. The weapons are all demilled (rendered inactive/ATF approved) per federal law.

CARL JUNCTION — Small towns, on their surface, may not offer a lot. However, there frequently seem to be hidden gems or truly unique services within these towns that are far too often not recognized. Perhaps it’s a great restaurant, a local hangout or a bar the locals swear by.

In Carl Junction’s case, Circle T Collectibles is one of these unique services, and the man who owns it, W.G. “Trip” Triplett, has a unique story.

Located on Main Street in Carl Junction, Circle T Collectibles has solidified itself as one of the key places in the area to buy, sell and trade collectible authentic merchandise. As mentioned on the store’s website, Circle T Collectibles specializes in “quality militaria, knives, swords and Native America artifacts. “I’ve looked, I’ve hunted, I’ve found pieces myself; I’ve been to shows where I’ve traded for or bought pieces,” said Triplett.

Triplett founded Circle T Collectibles after retiring as a human resources director. But this isn’t a recent hobby for him. “I’ve done this all my life as a sideline,” Triplett said.

Triplett would often spend his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Illinois, which greatly influenced his future endeavor. The profound interest in Native American artifacts derived from his grandfather.

As Triplett explained, most farmers in that day didn’t pay much attention to Native American arrowheads. They were too busy attending to the farm’s sun-up to sundown business. Triplett’s grandfather was different, however. He picked up stray arrowheads and kept them safely inside an old tobacco tin. One day, Triplett’s grandfather handed his grandson the tin, and that ignited both his collection and interest in Native American artifacts.

On top of that, many of Triplett’s family members were veterans of World War II . Naturally, a deep sense of patriotism, an appreciation of history as well as a collection of military gear and its appeal found its way into his store’s collection.

Triplett’s store has no shortage of knives and guns. Triplett recalled that he grew up around these weapons on the farm and that it was simply expected of him to become a skilled outdoorsman. So he became very familiar, at a young age, with firearms. In combination with an interest in the military, Triplett has a unique knowledge of weapons, their country of origin and how they operate.

What’s most impressive about Triplett’s career is that this is simply his “retirement” job. Triplett worked as a human resources manager and director for more than 40 years, but during that entire time, he continued buying, trading and selling merchandise all over the Country.

After moving to the Carl Junction area and retiring, he opened Circle T to pursue his passion of collectible militaria and Native American artifacts full time. He also said that it was a great way to give back to the community that had given much to him.

“Circle T Collectibles draws a steady stream of shoppers to downtown Carl Junction. Their reputation makes them a destination spot for military and historical artifacts,” said Gary Stubblefield, executive director for the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. “Trip knows a little something about just about everything, which makes visiting with him part of the draw.”

“Up and beyond Trip’s expertise and honest business practices,” Stubblefield continued, “he’s just a super nice guy.” Aside from being a member of the Carl Junction Chamber, Triplett also provides discounts to veterans. He has also made presentations in person and via DVD concerning Native American artifacts and historical military events to schools in Carl Junction, Joplin and Pittsburg, Kansas.

This ties in with one of the most satisfying parts of owning his shop. Triplett said children will come into his store with the same wonder he had as a child, and he always lets them know that if they have any questions about any of his merchandise, he has an answer waiting for them.

Triplett said his father always wanted him to become a teacher in his professional career before he died because “they can’t take your education away from you.” And though Triplett would go on to study business in college, he has become a teacher to many of those interested in all that his store has to offer. That’s something that can’t be taken away.

Circle T Collectibles Offers Collectible Militaria & Museum Quality Native American Artifacts

By Blake Willoughby | Special to the Globe | August 27, 2017

In the Circle T Collectibles shop you will find “Skully,” a hand crafted skull encrusted with seafoam turquoise created by a Navajo Artisan somewhere between 1880 and 1920. Triplett began collecting Native American Artifacts over 70 years ago and has countless items at his store plus a sizeable personal collection. There is also a 1,200-year-old Mississippian head pot created in honor of a fallen Mississippian warrior. The detail on the pots – often used as seed pots- reflected the scar tattoos and ear piercings of the honorees. There are 100’s of flint and hard stone artifacts on display, some as old as 20,000 years and locally found. All are for sale and guaranteed 100% authentic.

At Circle T Collectibles in Carl Junction, you will also find a variety of military head gear from across the globe. You will find Civil War items such as an 1861 .577 caliber Tower Enfield musket used by confederates during the Civil War. The shop even has a rare WWII 1944 German Mounted Infantry saddle.

Sometimes, Circle T Collectibles has rare Native American clothing such as a pair of mukluks believed to have been crafted by either Inuit of Tlingit Indians on the Northwest coast between 1880 – 1920.

There are literally 100’s of knives at Circle T Collectibles, ranging from pocketknives to military combat knives and swords. For example, you will find a hand crafted theater knife made from a bayonet by a U.S. Soldier. Some of the WWII theater knives contained photos of loved ones under a Plexiglas handle. You will also find an extremely rare Floyd Nichols WWII Buffalo Nickel fighting knife with an Alfred Cornish sheath. Nichols, a WWI veteran, only made 1,200 of the knives – with a buffalo nickel inset in the handle – for troops going into combat from his immediate area in Bone Creek, Nebraska. Cornish, a longtime friend and leather craftsman, fashioned the sheaths. The Nichols dagger is one of the rarest WWII combat knives known and is quite valuable. Circle T has a rare WWII Australian issued combat “Cog” knife complete with brass knuckles on the handle.

There is a unique display of automatic weapons (machine guns) from countries such as Russia, Italy, Portugal, England, Germany and more. The weapons are all demilled (rendered inactive/ATF approved) per federal law.

CARL JUNCTION — Small towns, on their surface, may not offer a lot. However, there frequently seem to be hidden gems or truly unique services within these towns that are far too often not recognized. Perhaps it’s a great restaurant, a local hangout or a bar the locals swear by.

In Carl Junction’s case, Circle T Collectibles is one of these unique services, and the man who owns it, W.G. “Trip” Triplett, has a unique story.

Located on Main Street in Carl Junction, Circle T Collectibles has solidified itself as one of the key places in the area to buy, sell and trade collectible authentic merchandise. As mentioned on the store’s website, Circle T Collectibles specializes in “quality militaria, knives, swords and Native America artifacts. “I’ve looked, I’ve hunted, I’ve found pieces myself; I’ve been to shows where I’ve traded for or bought pieces,” said Triplett.

Triplett founded Circle T Collectibles after retiring as a human resources director. But this isn’t a recent hobby for him. “I’ve done this all my life as a sideline,” Triplett said.

Triplett would often spend his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Illinois, which greatly influenced his future endeavor. The profound interest in Native American artifacts derived from his grandfather.

As Triplett explained, most farmers in that day didn’t pay much attention to Native American arrowheads. They were too busy attending to the farm’s sun-up to sundown business. Triplett’s grandfather was different, however. He picked up stray arrowheads and kept them safely inside an old tobacco tin. One day, Triplett’s grandfather handed his grandson the tin, and that ignited both his collection and interest in Native American artifacts.

On top of that, many of Triplett’s family members were veterans of World War II . Naturally, a deep sense of patriotism, an appreciation of history as well as a collection of military gear and its appeal found its way into his store’s collection.

Triplett’s store has no shortage of knives and guns. Triplett recalled that he grew up around these weapons on the farm and that it was simply expected of him to become a skilled outdoorsman. So he became very familiar, at a young age, with firearms. In combination with an interest in the military, Triplett has a unique knowledge of weapons, their country of origin and how they operate.

What’s most impressive about Triplett’s career is that this is simply his “retirement” job. Triplett worked as a human resources manager and director for more than 40 years, but during that entire time, he continued buying, trading and selling merchandise all over the Country.

After moving to the Carl Junction area and retiring, he opened Circle T to pursue his passion of collectible militaria and Native American artifacts full time. He also said that it was a great way to give back to the community that had given much to him.

“Circle T Collectibles draws a steady stream of shoppers to downtown Carl Junction. Their reputation makes them a destination spot for military and historical artifacts,” said Gary Stubblefield, executive director for the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. “Trip knows a little something about just about everything, which makes visiting with him part of the draw.”

“Up and beyond Trip’s expertise and honest business practices,” Stubblefield continued, “he’s just a super nice guy.” Aside from being a member of the Carl Junction Chamber, Triplett also provides discounts to veterans. He has also made presentations in person and via DVD concerning Native American artifacts and historical military events to schools in Carl Junction, Joplin and Pittsburg, Kansas.

This ties in with one of the most satisfying parts of owning his shop. Triplett said children will come into his store with the same wonder he had as a child, and he always lets them know that if they have any questions about any of his merchandise, he has an answer waiting for them.

Triplett said his father always wanted him to become a teacher in his professional career before he died because “they can’t take your education away from you.” And though Triplett would go on to study business in college, he has become a teacher to many of those interested in all that his store has to offer. That’s something that can’t be taken away.

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