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Hagerstown antique shop is dream come true

December 20, 2007|By JANET HEIM

HAGERSTOWN - Linda Gibney's "passion for antiques and anything that goes with it" is apparent in her new shop. Opening her own store has long been something she's wanted to do.

"It's just been a dream, I guess. It finally came true," Gibney said.

Gibney is the owner of Those Were The Days, a new antique and collectible shop in downtown Hagerstown. She left an accounting job of eight years at Coffman Nursing Home to open the store.

The shop opened Nov. 1 and the City of Hagerstown held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 18. The 2,200-square-foot store has room for 70 vendors, with plans to expand another 1,300 square feet in the spring, Gibney said.

In addition to antiques, collectibles and "crafty items", there is a Longaberger consultant and a Fuller Brush consultant. Gibney also does silk flowers and bows for weddings and special occasions.

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"This is my first venture of this big," said Gibney, who had her own vendor space at Antique Crossroads many years ago and ran a small shop in Funkstown.

Gibney said there is still a selection of Christmas items, many of which are marked down by 50 percent.

Those Were The Days is at 65 W. Franklin St. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store ordinarily is closed Sunday and Monday, but will be open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.

For more information, call 301-766-7002.

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