Martinsburg antiques, collectibles shop to close after more than 15 years

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Crim De La Crim, a downtown Martinsburg shopping destination for antiques and collectibles for more than 15 years, is closing up shop.

Elaine Mauck, who opened the business in August 2001 at 137 N. Queen St. with her husband, Jess Mauck Jr., said the store is closing due to her husband’s health.

“We’re not taking any more consignments,” Mauck said Monday.

In addition to antiques and collectibles, the business also offered estate management and notary services, and regularly hosted auctions.

Final sales are planned for Dec. 15 and early next year, Mauck said.

“The building is for sale,” she said of the property, which also is known as the old Schewel building.

Mauck, who serves on Berkeley County (W.Va.) Council, said she intends to continue her certified appraisal work. She previously indicated that she intends to file for re-election next year.

Mauck said she and her friend, Jo Ann Crim, had plans to open the shop together, but Crim passed away in August 1999 at the age of 51.

“She was very well-known in the antique world,” Mauck said.

Crim and her family previously had owned an antique shop on Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg, she said.

Naming the business Crim De La Crim, which means “best of the best,” was only fitting, Mauck said.

“She always had the best stuff,” she said.

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