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Marnie & Mo's Antiques and Gifts opens in Greencastle

December 30, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -Sandie Parks can't seem to avoid antique and gift shops.

The co-owner of Marnie & Mo's Antiques and Gifts at 17 Center Square worked for more than four years at The Shamrock, a gift shop up the street, before it closed.

Parks, 50, a Greencastle native, and her fiance, Donald Didio, named their shop after their own nicknames, Marnie and Mo, Parks said.

Their grand opening was earlier this month.

The little shop is crowded with an eclectic array of gifts and antiques.

There are old books of local interest, old musical instruments on a back wall, a lot of crystal, some silver, old prints, costume jewelry, vintage clothes and a lot of little things that would have been found in homes around the turn of the 20th century.

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After Parks left The Shamrock, she stayed home and made her living doing illustrations and calligraphy, but she missed the people and bustle of downtown Greencastle and its shops, she said.

"Mo and I started going to estate sales and we began to accumulate antiques," Parks said. "This seemed like the right time to open our own shop, especially with all the other shops that are here.

"I've been very pleased with business so far. The weekends have been very good, especially with the Heritage Christmas celebration going on in town."

Heritage Christmas ran on the three weekends before the Christmas holiday. Sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, the annual holiday sales promotion involves most of the downtown shops.

Greencastle is becoming a draw for shoppers even during the rest of the year.

Sandy Curtis of Fayetteville, Pa., was in town one day last week with three women friends from Fayetteville. The four said they enjoy making regular shopping and dining excursions to Greencastle because of its many antique, gift and specialty shops and for the places to eat lunch.

Curtis and one of her friends did find some coveted Capodimonte porcelain flowers in a case next to the counter in Parks' shop. They bought all she had.

"We love coming to Greencastle," Curtis said. "The shops are delightful and there are lots of them like this. The people are friendly and the town is unique. It's a lot more fun than going to a mall."

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