A `mecca' for antique shoppers

Stores: The county offers a variety of outlets for treasures of its past.

October 27, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Harford County's rich past is reflected in its antique shops, which can be found from Baltimore County to the Pennsylvania line, from Havre de Grace to Bel Air.

"The shops aren't hidden too far off the main roads," said Kellye Goetz, owner of Jarrettsville Past and Present Antiques. "You can get things in Harford County a little less expensively, and there's a wider variety because of the old farms and Victorian houses."

Her business, an 8,000-square-foot former warehouse, is a combination antique shop and general store. "There's a turn-of-the-century atmosphere," said Goetz.

Bob Rioux, owner of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Churchville, said his shop is worth searching out, not only for the quality of the pieces but for the lower prices and less touristy collections. The shop includes a little bit of everything: from toys to glass pieces from the 1670s to the 1970s.

"People expect this area to have great antiques because it is a historical area," said Kim Street, manager of Spenceola Antique Center in Bel Air, which showcases more than 150 dealers specializing in everything from coins to furniture.

One thing that makes Harford antique shopping a pleasure is the camaraderie among the antique dealers, says Pat O'Mara, one of the owners of Something Unusual Antiques in Aberdeen. "We try to help each other. If I know one of the other shops has something someone is looking for, we always refer them," O'Mara said.

O'Mara's shop specializes in Fenton art glass and in vintage clothing from the 1700s to the 1960s. Her collection also includes oil lamps, dolls, kitchenware and furniture, which the shop refinishes.

"People usually come looking for a certain thing, and they usually can find it," said George Wagner, who owns Bahoukas Collectibles in Havre de Grace. The shop specializes in sports memorabilia, antique toys, records and everything relating to beer, from steins to advertising bar lights.

Havre de Grace has become an "antique mecca," says Pat Mergler of Seneca Cannery Inc., one of several antique malls in Harford County. "It draws quite a few visitors passing by on Interstate 95."

The Seneca, a former cannery that dates to the 1800s, features more than 30 dealers that carry everything from jewelry and pottery to furniture and linens.

The town's "antique row," which runs along Union Avenue and extends to Franklin, St. John and Washington streets, is advertised on Interstate 95. "It's really changed the attitude of antiquing here. There's more than decoys in Havre de Grace," said Julie Groner, owner of Franklin Street Antiques and Gifts, which has two locations and specializes in cookie jars and lunch boxes.

Antique shops in Harford County

Back In Time, 2151 Harkins Road, Pylesville, 410-836-1897 (reproductions)

Bahoukas Collectables, 467 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-4146

Bank Of Memories, 319 St. John St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-4343

Bel Air Ant, 122 N. Main St., Bel Air, 410-838-3515

Bel Air Antiques Etc., 54 N. Main St., Bel Air, 410-838-9230

Bel Air Auction Galleries, 13 E. Ellendale St., Bel Air, 410-838-3000

Best Cellar, 2101 Bel Air Road, Fallston, 410-877-0737

Cherry Hill Antiques, 1805 Harford Road, Fallston, 410-877-8473

Franklin Street and Antiques and Gifts, 464 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-4220

Gary E. Dennis Antiques, 205 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, 410-942-0100

George's Place Collectibles, 454 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-6398

Grassy Creek Antiques, 3023 Churchville Road, Churchville, 410-734-4556

Investment Antiques, 123 Market St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-1312

Jarrettsville Past and Present Antiques, 3725 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, 410-557-6188

Kel-Lee's, 108 Market St., Havre de Grace, 410-942-0402

Memory Makers Antiques, 1804 Harford Road, Fallston, 410-877-0450

Scotts Antiques, 106 N. Main St., Bel Air, 410-838-0031

Seneca Cannery Inc., 201 St. John St., Havre de Grace, 410-942-0701

Something Unusual Antiques, 3502 Churchville Road, Aberdeen, 410-734-6911

Spenceola Antique Center, 1445 Rock Spring Road, Bel Air, 410-803-0011

Thorofair Antiques Center, 220 N. Washington St. # 1, Havre de Grace, 410-939-5455

Washington Street Books & Antiques, 131 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-6215

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, 3100 Aldino Road, Churchville, 410-734-6228

Yesterday's Treasures Antiques, 456 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-8388

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