Paid Content by Town Center Antiques – Berlin is the Antique Capital of the Eastern Shore


>>>SO MOST PEOPLE, MAYBE YOU TOO, WHEN THEY SET OUT TO PLAN AND ANTIQUING DESTINATION, SOMEWHERE IN THE NEW ENGLAND STATE.>>BUT, DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A HIDDEN TREASURE TROVE OF HIDDEN TREASURES RIGHT HERE IN DELMARVA?>>IN FACT, THE OWNER OF AN ANTIQUE STORE IN BERLIN IS HOPING TO BRING THE SMALL TOWN OF AMERICA THE ANTIQUE CAPITAL OF THE EAST SHORE.>>>TO VISIT IS TO TOWN CENTER ANTIQUES IN BERLIN IS NEVER THE SAME.>>Man: WE GET FROM WEEK, MONTH AFTER MONTH, IT CHANGES ALMOST DAILY.>>IN BETWEEN TOWN CENTER IN THESE, HISTORY ANTIQUES, AND UPTOWN ANTIQUES, THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 BOOTS MANAGED BY INDIVIDUAL SELLERS IN DOWNTOWN BERLIN.>>Man: IT IS LIKE A COMMUNITY. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE IN ALL KINDS OF WALKS OF LIFE’S THAT HAVE BOOKS HERE. AND, THEY JUST LOVE IT. THEY LOVE PRESENTING THESE OLD ANTIQUES OR TREASURES OR GIFTS OR JEWELRY OR WHATEVER THEY HAVE. COMMUNITY OF BUYERS HAS AN ENDLESS STRETCH FROM WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO FIND THEIR TREASURES.>>THEY TRAVEL NEAR AND FAR, GO TO AUCTIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. SOMETIMES, PENNSYLVANIA IS A BIG PLACE. THERE ARE A LOT OF AUCTIONS UP THERE IN THE AMISH COUNTRY. THERE ARE AUCTIONS ALL AROUND HERE. BUT, THEY ARE NOT ONLY AUCTIONS. THERE ARE YARD SALES, THEIR GRANDMOM’S ATTICS, PEOPLE PASS ON, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF TREASURES TO BE HAD. AND THEY GET RID OF IT OR DISPLAY IT IN HERE TO BE BOUGHT UP BY OTHER PEOPLE.>>AND WHEN YOU WALK INTO ANY OF THE THREE ANTIQUE MALLS, PREPARE TO BE TAKEN BACK IN TIME.>>Man: THE TREASURES THAT ARE NEW AND OLD, LIKE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN COME IN HERE AND SEE THINGS THAT THEIR PARENTS HAD WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE 15 OR 16. THEY STILL HAVE MEMORIES OF THINGS IN THE PAST, BUT THE SAME THING. WITH OLDER PEOPLE. LIKE ME, OR ANYBODY. YOU SEE THINGS IN HERE THAT CAME FROM OUR CHILDHOOD. SO, IT IS LIKE, REALLY, REALLY COOL. I CALL IT A BY USING, ACTUALLY.>>IN FACT, SOME OF THE OLD IS ACTUALLY NEW AGAIN.>>RIGHT NOW, IT IS RECORDS. RECORDS AND JEWELRY. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT THAT RECORDS HAVE MADE A COMEBACK? BUT, THEY HAVE DEFINITELY MADE A COMEBACK FOR A WHILE ANYWAY.>>AND BILLS AND OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE OUR FISHING GEAR AND OLD BARBIE DOLLS. AND WHILE ANY ITEM CAN HOLD SENTIMENTAL VALUE TO SOMEONE, THERE ARE A LOT OF ITEMS HERE THE COLD MONETARY VALUE.>>Man: WE HAVE HAD SOME REALLY NICE PIECES, FURNITURE, REALLY NICE PIECES AND HIGH-VALUE FURNITURE. WE’VE HAD TOYS THAT ARE ACTUALLY YOU WOULD NEVER BELIEVE THE VALUE THAT WAS IN THEM, OR COINS. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT SEEM TO COME UP WITH VALUE, AND YOU WOULD’VE NEVER THOUGHT. OLD PICTURES, THE WITCHES THINK OH, PUT THAT IN A TRASH PILE OR PROVE THAT. MANY OF THE ITEMS IN THESE BOOTS ARE, AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF CHARM LIES OUTSIDE THE DOORS. AND BILL SAYS IT IS THAT COMBINATION THAT MAKES BERLIN THE ANTIQUE CAPITAL OF THE EASTERN SHORE, AND THE STARTING POINT OF WHAT BILL PROPOSES TO BE AN ANTIQUE TRAIL.>>Man: WHEN YOU COME TO BERLIN, YOU ARE ACTUALLY SPENDING THE DAY IN A TOWN THAT IS SET UP FROM THE 17 AND 1800S. AND IT HAS THAT CHARM. I CALL IT MAYBERRY. IT HAS THAT CHARM. SO WHEN YOU COME HERE, YOU FIND ALL KINDS OF TREASURES. BUT ALL OVER THE EASTERN SHORE, FROM DELAWARE TO DOWN IN VIRGINIA, YOU KNOW, OVER IN CAMBRIDGE, IF YOU ARE STAYING IN OCEAN CITY OR THESE PARTS, YOU WOULD COME TO BERLIN TO TREASURE HUNT FOR A LITTLE BIT, AND MAP OUT A TRAIL TO GO ELSEWHERE. GO DOWN TO POCOMOKE, OR GO DOWN TO ACCOMACK OR CHINCOTEAGUE, OR MILLS PEARL. WHEREVER.>>AND FOR PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE EASTERN SHORE TO ENJOY THE BEACH, THEY SAY THAT ANTIQUING IN BERLIN IS A WONDERFUL RAINY DAY ACTIVITY. QUADRUPLE OUR SALES ON A RAINY DAY. ESPECIALLY FOR STARTS IN THE MORNING AND DRIZZLES THROUGH THE AFTERNOON, OH, YEAH. WE LOVE THE. THAT THE CENTERS USUALLY LIMIT THEIR PURCHASES TO SMALLER TRINKETS, BUT THAT OTHER IN TICKERS MAKE THE TRIP TO THE ANTIQUE MALL IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AS THEIR TIME ON THE SAND AND ON THE BOARDS.>>Man: NOW, THEY ARE COMBINING THAT BY COMING TO THE BEACH AND GOING OUT ON THE EASTERN SHORE. AND FINDING THESE TREASURES. IT IS ACTUALLY BECOMING AN ANTIQUE THING.>>AND FOR SOME OF THE BIGGER TREASURE HUNTERS, THAT IS A BIG THING. BECAUSE I STOP HERE IS NOT A RUN IN AND RUN OUT KIND OF THING. YOU WANT TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PUT IT.>>Man: I HAVE WORKED YOUR YEAR AFTER YEAR AND I DON’T SEE IT ALL. ACTUALLY WALK THROUGH AND SEE WHAT IS GOING ON. SO YES, YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME.>>TIME WELL SPENT FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TAKING A STEP BACK INTO TIME.>>AND JIMMY, WE HAD SO MUCH FUN EXPLORING THROUGH THE ANTIQUE SHOPS.>>YES.>>IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY TIME I TURNED A CORNER, A NEW MEMORY TURNED UP. AND ONE THING SPECIFICALLY THAT I SAW THAT JUST TOLD THAT MY HEART, THEY HAD THOSE I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER THEM, BUT THEY WERE ALUMINUM DRINKING CUPS DIFFERENT COLORS LIKE BLUE, RED, AND GOLD. I GRANDMOTHER HAD THOSE, AND

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