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August 31, 2008|By Joe Burris

Just For Fun


108 S. Main St. , BelAir , 410-588-5998

Open 11 a.m. - 5 p. m. Monday through Thursday; 11

a.m. -8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday

The display of superhero comic books dating back to the 1940s would impress most any avid collector. Ditto the hand-held toys and gadgets from years past, the mood rings and fake sunglasses that allow you to see from behind. But what truly makes the Just For Fun Collectibles store in downtown Bel Air unique is that it is perhaps one of the few stores in the country where you can get your three-cents' worth.

Bite-size Tootsie Rolls: three cents each. Bite-size Albert's Fruit Mix hard candy: three cents each.

"I'm trying to offer things that a lot of people don't have," store owner Michelle Schnur said about her flavorful penny candy. She and husband Scott opened the Main Street store in May, after having similar locations in Dundalk, Rosedale and Parkville, dating back 20 years. Since then, they've been known for stocking once-popular items that are rarely seen in most stores today.

In fact, for most folks 30 and older, perusing the store's shelves is like taking the scenic tour down memory lane: Green Lantern, Superman and Jerry Lewis comic books; wooden train whistles; Cat's Eye marbles; vintage baseball cards of Randy Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr.; a Betty Boop alarm clock; plastic fortune-telling fish; green, plastic army men.

Then there's the candy: Chick-O-Stick, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Butter Rum Lifesavers and Pop Rocks.

"A lot of times when people come in, they say, 'Oh my gosh, I haven't seen these in such a long time,' " said Schnur.

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