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l The Inside Shop Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Victorian Village on Royall Avenue l The Plantation Shoppe Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cobblestone Commons on Spence Avenue had just a small area, we would probably go with a collectible that was smaller in size. "That makes a different as to where they could use it in their home." Byers Choice, for example, has pieces that are on the larger size, while Fontanini features some smaller items. "A collectible of this nature could be put on a buffet, a mantle or an end table, dining room table, you know," she said. "There's a lot of ways to use these things, and I try to explain where all it can be used in helping them make a decision of what they'd like to start." Whether the shopper wants just a few select pieces to adorn their home, or to keep adding to it year after year, there are important things to consider starting out, Whisenhunt said. "Start it with something that is of a high quality, in other words that's made well," she said. "Then you can add to it and not go with a big expenditure initial- ly but you can just add to it every year. The quality and the price would be the two things that I think would be important. "Then you can always hand it down to other members of the family so it's not something that would have to be dis- posed of in the future." Whether buying for oneself or others, there are ways to keep track of pieces already collected to be better equipped going in to this holi- day season. Whisenhunt is very familiar with navigating this aspect of the process, especially for those who frequent her store. "We can do one of two things," she said. "We can write down what they buy from here if they exclu- sively (buy) from here. If they don't buy from here exclu- sively, then of course we don't have any way to control that. "But another thing we do is we have a lit- tle sheet, a pamphlet that they can give them so that they can write down the pieces that they have, and they bring that back and we look over it and make sure that what we've got is different than what they already have." If any duplication happens, not to worry, she added. The item can simply be exchanged. The great thing is there are plenty of pieces to choose from, as most lines release 10 to 12 new items each year. Holiday hours for the Inside Shop are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. At The Plantation Shoppe, owner Joyce Edwards and her daughter Andy Gray, also enjoy working with cus- tomers on building or adding to a collection. Their store, on Spence Avenue in Cobblestone Com- mons, features Dept. 56 villages in three different cate- gories. The Snow Village, resembling American villages, with pieces that frequently change and even though some are retired, sales and specials make it easy to purchase. There is also a North Pole Village and a Dickens Village. This year's theme in the line is "Home for the Holi- days" and Gray says there are plenty of options to choose from in the store. "I don't think anybody has all the pieces," she said. "There's just way too many. "They have been out there, they had their 30th anniversary last year and there's at least 10 houses for every collection every year. Usually, if you buy a new piece, they might not have it and they can always exchange it if they already have that piece." Prices vary, with the North Pole pieces being the least expensive, she said, mainly because they are smaller in size. "They probably range from $40 is the low end and the high end would be, like the Downton Abbey pieces, a branch off the Dickens Village, they came out with a cou- ple years ago, $150 is probably on the high end. Why are collections so popular and what is the draw that keeps customers interested, year after year? "They're magical," Gray said. "Little children will come in and just stand there — they're mesmerized by the lights and the houses." To get ready for the cooler temps and the shopping frenzy, the store has holi- day hours and a festive draw. "We also serve on cold days, hot cider and cookies," Gray said. The Plantation Shoppe is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 3 A WIDE SELECTION OF LANDSCAPE SHRUBS & TREES Florist Quality Poinsettias 2360 Highway 70 West, Goldsboro 919-734-2371 M-F 8am - 5:30pm • Sat. 8am - 3pm Pick Up & Delivery Available Casey Garden Center Gift Certificates Available 11DCB1217S© Barnes Jewelers, Inc. 502B Eastgate Drive Next to Berkeley Mall Mon.-Sat. 9:30 - 7:00 919-778-2765 13DDF1217S© A collector's dream Byers' Choice collectable carolers are set up on a round table in room at The Inside Shop This mantle in The Inside Shop is a display with a collectible gingerbread house and Byers' Choice carolers . The Inside Shop's Fontanini features sev- eral nativity scenes and a variety of accessories.

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