It may only have been a month since Holly’s Treasure Chest opened up in Fenwick Island, but customers are already finding what they are looking for there, and then some. Located along Coastal Highway, adjacent to the former Libby’s restaurant, the shop boasts antiques and collectibles, sports memorabilia and plenty of beach goods, from swimsuits and sandals to chairs, umbrellas and bodyboards.
“People are stopping in and really enjoying the store,” said Holly Barmack, who opened the business with some help from her husband, Jay. Prior to setting up in Fenwick, Barmack sold collectibles and antiques on 15th Street in Ocean City, Md. The new facility, though, offered more room for more products.
“It’s been a great fit here,” she said. “We don’t have to worry about as much summertime traffic, and we have parking now.”
From the first step inside Holly’s Treasure Chest, customers are taken back in time, as they are greeted by shelves upon shelves of antique items, vintage collectibles and retro memorabilia, including board games, lunch pails and more.
“I’ve always enjoyed working at a computer,” said Holly Barmack of some of the sources of her treasures. “I’ve been an ‘eBay-er’ for years. It’s a great way to find some incredible things out there.”
The popular online auction site helped Barmack get started with her hobby-turned-career, and, before long, she was open for business. Now, with a storefront that offers a spacious interior, a social aspect of the industry has been added to the mix.
“I really love being around so many customers,” she said. “People walk past and stop by on their bikes. Most of our customers are curious and just want to see what we’re all about.”
As the Barmacks relocate more products from their former Ocean City locale to Fenwick Island, the variety available for customers is expanding. Items such as sports cards and other sports-related products are popping up in the Treasure Chest.
“My husband is quite the picker,” she noted. “He’s got a knack for finding some great items.”
Beyond the antiques and collectibles, customers can also find NFL-themed goods of their favorite football team. And Holly’s Treasure Chest also provides another choice for a beach shop in Fenwick Island, carrying chairs, coolers, beach towels, umbrellas and swimwear.
“People come in looking for a little bit of everything,” said Holly, “and we want to offer everything they want. They may stop in for a chair or some beach toys, then they’ll take a look at the antiques. It’s really neat to see someone recognize a collectible from the shelf and say, ‘I remember when I had one of those.’ We’re just trying to be a fun, friendly, family-run business.”
And, as the Barmacks will attest, prices are very reasonable, too.
“We’re very affordable,” said Jay Barmack, whose family has owned and operated the property since the 1970s. “We’re selling things below typical retail prices, and we’re not a chain. I find a lot of our collectibles and antiques at auctions, estate sales and places like that. We’ve got gold and silver, too, and even electric supplies. We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone.”
Through the summer, Holly’s Treasure Chest will operate seven days a week, with doors opening around 9 a.m. in the morning. “We work until we’re tired,” said Holly Barmack, “which usually goes until 6:30 [p.m.].”
For more information, call Holly’s Treasure Chest, located across from Mancini’s Italian Restaurant in Fenwick Island, at (302) 581-0118 or (443) 497-6007.