Sabina Waldman consulted a priest before opening her shop, Sabina & Daughter, in a former convent in Fells Point. "We didn't want to be sacrilegious," she says.
No problem, said the priest, so now she and daughter Samantha keep shop in a large room that was once a chapel. There, with a reverence for the old and a love for whimsy, they show off the most beautiful objects of the 1860s to the 1950s.
A ceramic angel sits on the ledge of a Gothic window and watches over the former sanctuary, while the Waldmans focus on art deco, art nouveau and mission style -- mixed with some Victorian and Empire -- furniture and accessories. There are heroic figures holding lamps, a mission-style mantel, chrome lamps and ashtrays, mirrors, jewelry, hood ornaments from the '30s, beaded dresses, ladies' hats and hatboxes, tapestries and a folding oak screen with stained glass inserts.