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The Hummel Gift Shop in New Springfield is getting ready to close its doors for good, but not before holding one last sale.
The store sells collectibles such as Hummels and Precious Moments figurines and has been in business for the past 48 years. Recently, the owners decided to retire and decided to thank their customers by having a closing sale.
On Thursday, a few hundred people lined up for the first day of the event and many had certain items on their list. Owner David May spent some time Thursday morning chatting with some of them.
“For their Halloween accessories, houses, anything pertaining to Halloween,” said Mary Stango of Penn Hills, Pa.
She said she makes the trip to New Springfield from just outside Pittsburgh every year, and it is always worth the drive.
“I never come out empty-handed,” Stango said.
Every item in the store is on sale. Ingeborg Sykes came for the Hummels. She is originally from Munich, Germany where the figurines were made.
“There’s a lot of beautiful things in the store. And we’re mostly interested in the Hummels because they go back a long way and our family history is connected with that stuff,” Sykes said.
“It’s very sad the store is closing. It’s been here since I was little and it’s kind of like a last goodbye,” said Mary Flynn of New Springfield. “But they have things other places don’t have. It’s our last chance to get it and say goodbye to everybody.”
When the May’s decided to retire they did not want to sell the business, so they hope to sell everything in their store and warehouse at a discount to their customers.
“Being a family owned business, you don’t want to pass on that treasure to an unknown and have all your years of work change dramatically. So a new owner was not looked for,” said retail consultant Lane Hoage.
The store will remain open until the merchandise is gone.