Search for antiques doesn't have to take you far


September 06, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU live in western Howard County, you don't have to search far for antiques, unique furniture and household goods. We have two interesting stores right here in our back yard.

Westwood Antiques and Unique Furniture, in Glenelg, offers some interesting finds. Owner Ingrid Melber travels to Europe once or twice a year to search for out-of-the-ordinary items to sell in her shop, shipping home a 40-foot container of goods.

A visit to Melber's shop, which is in an 80-year-old former church, is worthwhile just to see the stunning, huge stained-glass window. Melber bought the building seven years ago. It is actually two churches connected by a modern transept that housed the Sunday school. Melber lives in the transept and rents the smaller church, which was built in the 1850s. Some of her customers used to attend church in the building before it was a store, she said.

Dawnelle Loiselle, of Bowie, works for Melber and fills in when Melber is traveling. "She has been in the [furniture] business all her life," Loiselle said. "She never rests. She's the hardest-working woman I know!"

Crammed into the shop is furniture, porcelain, artwork - and much more. Loiselle describes the inventory as "shabby chic, new stuff from around the world, hard-to-find antiques and collectibles," along with reproduction furniture, chandeliers and goods made by local artisans.

The shop is at 13554 Triadelphia Road in Glenelg.

Information: 410-531-4831.

Another unusual shop, housed in a century-old building, is the Little House of Treasures in Highland. The shop specializes in consignments of furniture and household goods.

Owner Debra Phillips got the idea one night for the consignment shop. A month later, she was open for business.

She started out in a Clarksville strip mall, before moving to a larger building at Routes 108 and 216. In the 4,000 square feet of retail space, the merchandise is constantly changing, but usually offers a selection of lamps, sofas, shelves, tables and household adornments. The shop was once a gas station and car repair shop but is now richly decorated, providing a lovely backdrop for the consignments that come in.

"Consignment is a form of recycling," Phillips said.

When customers bring a consignment to Phillips, she researches the item. "I do everything in my ability to make sure it's priced right," she said.

Phillips says that sometimes customers change their minds about selling when they realize how valuable their items are. But, she said, "You can only have so much stuff in your life."

Along with the consignments, Phillips has added a line of new furniture - sofas, tables and dining room sets. She says she sees a lot of repeat customers, but many people bring in their consignments and end up buying other merchandise.

"There's a connotation that consignment stores carry junk, but that's not the case," she said.

The shop is at 13376 Clarksville Pike.

Information: 301-854-9988.

Band camp

The River Hill High School Marching Band spent five days in West Virginia at Band Camp last month to prepare for the fall season. Despite the heat and humidity, and several days of rain and mud, the group remained upbeat and positive and worked hard to learn the music and drills.

On the final day, band director Steve Wampler presented awards in recognition of outstanding performances. Angela Hawke was named Outstanding Rookie; David Jacobson was recognized for Outstanding Brass; while Megan Watzin was named Outstanding Woodwind performer, and Brett Sauers got the nod for Outstanding Percussion. Tiffany Underwood was recognized as the Outstanding Guard.

Wampler named the Trumpet Section for Outstanding Music; the Percussion Section for Outstanding Marching; and the Flute Section for Outstanding Attitude.

The Baritones were named overall Outstanding Section. The Grand Champion of the March-Off was Josh Miles.

The Marching Band will perform a tribute to the Beatles at this season's home football games, as part of half-time performances. The show will highlight the best of the Beatles' music presented by more than 100 musicians and guard members.

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