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Ivy Hall Antiques: Abbottstown, PA - A window display at Ivy Hall Antiques, a scene which could have been easily set in the early 1900's
A window display at Ivy Hall Antiques, a scene which could have been easily set in the early 1900's
For most of
us we think of October 31 as Halloween. Not for Ivy Hall Antiques of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania who held their 4th Annual Christmas Open House which began at 4pm. There was a long line waiting to get into the building to sample the food and to buy Christmas antiques brought in specifically for the Open House. Steve Smoot brought in a wonderful feather tree with a large round wood base which was priced at $795 and was sold during the Open House. There was interest in the tree prior to the show, but Steve stayed true to not give a price until the Open House began.

Ivy Hall Antiques: Abbottstown, PA - Michael McCue, newest member of Ivy Hall Antiques and long time dealer at Black Angus
Michael McCue, newest member of Ivy Hall Antiques and long time dealer at Black Angus
Ivy Hall Antiques is designed like a Colonial Williamsburg museum; the only difference is that every item is an antique which is being offered for sale. The booths are designed with wide beaded boards and crown molding painted with Old Village colors, cases made by the owner, open vaulted ceilings on the second floor, hard wood floors, and raised paneled walls. Some antiques are behind cases made with decorated paned windows.

Ivy Hall Antiques is a work in progress antique shop with most of the work done except for the expansion that constantly seems to be taking place. Greg Mummert, the owner of Ivy Hall Antiques, is constantly seeking quality dealers to fill the quality booths and showcases. Hours before the Christmas Open House, Michael McCue of Bryn Athyn and long time dealer at Black Angus was the newest dealer to join the museum quality shop. In fact, his case was so new that the doors had yet to be installed on the case. Michael was pleased that he sold six items in the opening reception of the Christmas Open House and another item the next day.

Ivy Hall Antiques: Abbottstown, PA - People enjoying the food spread during the Christmas Open House
People enjoying the food spread during the Christmas Open House
Some of the traditional antiques for Christmas that were being offered for sale were 19th and 20th Century Belsnickels, Moravian Stars, large grape kugels, Christmas ornaments, wood horse pull toys, Christmas fences and 20th century buildings and churches.

There was a wonderful choice of foods which lined the tables - chicken and pineapple, meat balls, vegetable tray with various dips, chocolate peanut butter crackers, chips, pretzels, salmon, wine, apple cider, lemonade, wine, various nut breads, nuts, and peanut butter fudge.

Ivy Hall Antiques: Abbottstown, PA - Greg Mummert, owner at Ivy Hall Antiques
Greg Mummert, owner at Ivy Hall Antiques
Some of the booths were decorated for Christmas. Patsy Martin from Chambersburg had a second floor booth which was designed with "Merry Christmas" canvas bags filled with cedar greens, pine cones and pine branches, poinsettias, swags decorated with gourds, and miniature Christmas trees.

The shop has some of the best antique dealers one can find in Pennsylvania - Cheryl Mackley Antiques, Raccoon Creek Antiques, Keith and Diane Fryling, Salt Box Antiques, Steve Smoot Antiques, Sandy Hart Country Antiques, The Norwoods' Spirit of America, Ivy Hill Primitives, Country Huzzah Antiques, B. Hannah Daniel Antiques, Bettianne Sweeney Americana, Newsom and Berdan Antiques, Jeff Smith, Bob Leese, Diane Nonemaker, American Sampler, Joe Sabol, Brad Sellinger, Country Cupboard Antiques, Lyn Kay Shoppe, As Good As Old, American in Paris Antiques, Arronsburg Antiques, Finish Line Collectibles, and many others.

Ivy Hall Antiques: Abbottstown, PA - The booth of dealer Patsy Martin of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
The booth of dealer Patsy Martin of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
There were dealers like Lisa Breigh of Anderson Breigh Antiques, Joe Lodge, Dan Olsen, Claudia Collins of Groundhog Hollow Antiques who were located in their respective areas to answer questions about the antiques they were offering.

The Christmas Open House at Ivy Hall Antiques ran in conjunction with the Greater York Antique Show Friday and Saturday. Some of the dealers like Raccoon Creek Antiques, Cheryl Mackley, and Newsom and Berdan Antiques were also set up at the York Show.

Greg estimated that there were 300-400 for the Christmas Open House. Sales remained strong over the next three days. Please join Ivy Hall Antiques at their next Christmas Open House in 2014.
Source: Photos & text by Bryan Wright

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