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New antiques business opens in Valley Supply's former space

September 13, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN - Before Donna Klein moved one single antique into her newly remodeled shop, the renovation unearthed an antique of its own - a really big one.

"When we took down the Valley Supply Co. sign, we found the metal letters for Hebb Motor Co. underneath," Klein said.

Those metal letters were approximately 18 inches high and at least 6 inches deep, and had holes where light bulbs had been positioned to light the sign at night.

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Recognizing the historic value, Klein opted to display the letters atop a soffit in the showroom. "Hebb Motor Co. sold Nash automobiles," Klein said.

The word "Nash" also was found in the floor and has been preserved above a door.

Klein's husband, Howard, operated Valley Supply Co. at 108 E. Baltimore St. for 23 years until he moved the business to 20332 Leitersburg Pike earlier this year.

"I had had my antique business at Frederick's Best Antique Mall for the past 10 years," Klein said. She and her husband live in Frederick, Md., and plan to remain there.

When the decision was made to move Valley Supply, Klein decided it would be good business to open Valley Antiques and Uniques at the Baltimore Street location the couple already owns.

"It's a little longer commute, but then there's no rent," Klein said.

The shop officially opened its doors Sept. 1, but even before that, people were stopping in to look around and to buy things.

"There are going to be dealers coming in," Klein said. "And we are taking consignments, too."

Initially, most of the items in the shop are Klein's, but she expects that to change as the stock grows.

Klein, who has been married 37 years, said she has always enjoyed antiquing.

"I had collected so much, I got a booth from month to month at Frederick's Best," she said. Eventually she had three booths.

"My husband went to a couple of auctions with me, but it's not his thing," Klein said.

The new location in Funkstown is approximately 4,500 square feet with some room to expand. The hope is that there will be room for 25 booths of antiques. Parking is available.

Klein said she still enjoys going to auctions and antique shops. It is great entertainment for her, as well as a source of more items for her shop.

"I used to hate letting go of things, but I got over that," she said.

Valley Antiques and Uniques is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed Wednesdays.

For more information, call 301-739-5070 and ask for Klein or Patricia Haines, manager.

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