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Old and New Shop reopens

By Pat van den Beemt

The Old and New Shop officially opened at 12:30 p.m. on May 9 and had its first sale at 12:31. Karen Willig bought two necklaces that she had had her eye on since she stopped by to see the store as it geared up for opening day. By 12:35, there was a line waiting to reach the cash register. People bought everything from a frying pan, wooden trivets, and crystal cordial glasses, to greeting cards, a new cotton nightgown, and a coffee table book on Ireland. The shop took in $700 that afternoon.

Broadmead residents appeared happy finally to have a way to shop for unique items in a brand new location. “It’s been two years and two months since Covid closed the shop,” said BRA President Jack Griffith. “But the silver lining is that it’s now in a beautiful location. Before, it was almost out of sight.”

Items in the new shop will be replaced on a regular basis, so shoppers will want to check it out frequently. Merchandise comes from the best of the Barn Sale inventory and from items donated by residents.

Lolly is retiring after running the shop for several years, and Connie McCulloch will become the manager on June 30. Connie has spent most of her career in retail, including 20 years as manager at the White House Historical Association gift shop. After Connie moved to Broadmead last May, she got involved with the Mini Barn Sale during Tent Week and helped with the design and setup of the new Old and New Shop. “Opening day was really exciting,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been really fun, too.” Lolly said the original shop was called The Country Store, but she and other volunteers held a contest several years ago to come up with a new name. There were 50 suggestions, and Old and New was the winner.

The Old and New Shop is located on the lower level of the Broadmead Community Center.

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