Old department store to be antiques, crafts mall

By Lynn R. Parks

The former Peebles building in the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center, Seaford, is being transformed into an antiques and collectibles mall. Rick and Debbie Slatcher, owners of Skateworld and Inland Auto Sales, both in Laurel, expect they will be able to open the 20,000 square foot Seaford Country Store and Antique, Crafts and Collectibles Mall in mid-April. The Delmarva Auction Company will also get under way at about the same time, they said. Operating in the back half of the building — in the old Peebles gifts and beddings department, about 13,000 square feet — the company will hold an auction every Saturday evening, beginning at 5 p.m. “We will have seating for about 200,” Debbie Slatcher said. A concession stand selling pizza, snacks and drinks will be open during the auctions. Auctioneer will be Lee Collins. The auction company will accept items for auction, from house lots and estates to individual items. “If you want us to auction something off, just call us,” Rick Slatcher said. “We will come pick it up.” Debbie Slatcher said that the antiques mall will accommodate more than 70 booths, each of which will rent for $1 a square foot and 10 percent of sales. That commission will go purely for advertising, which Slatcher plans to stretch into Philadelphia and onto the western shore of Maryland. “This will be a high-quality mall, with nice antiques and crafts that complement antiques,” Slatcher said. “We have vendors calling from all over, interested in being here.” Also in the building, the Slatchers will sell good used furniture and appliances. Debbie Slatcher said that she and her husband initially looked at the old Woolworth’s store in the same shopping center. Both stores are owned by the Cornish Company, Baltimore. “There were some things about it that we did not like,” she said. “Then the Cornish Company called and asked if we were interested in this one. This is so nice, the décor is so pretty. It will complement the antiques and collectibles.” The Slatchers are building counters near the front door, in which valuables will be displayed. They will use the walkways, marked out by carpet, that are already there. Mirrors and other facets of the old department store can be used in displays of the people who set up booths. The antiques mall will be open seven days a week, Slatcher said. Hours are not finalized yet; “they may be 11 to 8, 1 to 6 on Sundays,” she said. Slatcher said that opening an antiques mall has been a long-time dream of her and her husband, both of whom enjoy going to antique stores and adding to several collections they have. The couple will have a booth in their new mall. “We find things that we like to do — we make money on our hobbies,” her husband added. “That’s the way to succeed — do something you enjoy, and you will make something of it.”

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