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The time is right for Divine Finds

April 03, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Angie Neal owns Divine Finds at The Cranberry Cottage in Funkstown. The business sells new and old items, including shabby-chic and a variety of antiques.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN — Angie Neal finally got her timing right.

“I’ve always wanted the Cranberry Cottage, my whole life, as long as I could remember,” Neal said.

But each time she checked on the availability of renting the cottage at 21 E. Baltimore St., someone else had beaten her to it, the Hagerstown native said.

That changed in November when Neal, who has been an antiques dealer for about 20 years, opened an antiques, collectibles and gifts business in the cottage.

“It’s just such a charming town and it’s just such a charming building,” Neal said.

“You go down the street in Funkstown and see wonderful old buildings,” Neal said. “The cottage is so quaint and little and inviting ... I could see what it could be.”

The last business that was in Cranberry Cottage sold primitive decor, Neal said.

Neal’s business, Divine Finds at The Cranberry Cottage, has shabby-chic items and a variety of antiques, but sells new and old items.

Someone who walks in today and comes back a few months later might find an entirely different inventory, she said. Recently, the store had a wedding dress, veils, various china, hats and hat boxes, mirrors, artwork, jewelry and many other items.

“I go to an auction and if it appeals to me, I buy it,” said Neal, 60.

She also has space for consignment items.

She’s been collecting Parisian-themed items for a Parisian open house set for Friday and Saturday.

Three months after graduating from North Hagerstown High, she opened her first business, a dress shop on Summit Avenue.

Angie’s Fashions was in business for seven years, Neal said.

“I never thought I’d find anything I liked better than fashion. I love the antique business,” Neal said.

Approximately 20 years ago, Neal opened an antiques shop, Country Lanes antiques and gifts, in the same house the dress shop had been in on Summit Avenue. Neal said she ran Country Lanes for about 12 years.

Divine Finds at The Cranberry Cottage is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday. The business can be reached at 240-329-7584 or by email at divinefindsatcc@gmail.com.

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