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NEW SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - It's the end of an era for a long-time family-owned Valley business. 21 News reporter Glenn Stevens was on site for the big, store-closing sale at the Hummel Gift Shop.

The line formed early Thursday morning and quickly stretched into the parking lot. Inside, shoppers were shoulder to shoulder as they signed up for a chance at special prizes.

Despite it's rural location, the business has attracted customers from far and wide for nearly 50 years and is known nationally.

Owners David and Fran May are ready to retire. Business consultant Lane Hoage says this is one huge and final sale.

"Everything goes, nothing is going to be held back. After five decades there's quite a few treasures and antiques that we need to empty out of the warehouse, so it's a process. It'll take awhile," says Hoage.

With discounted prices, it is a collector and gift shoppers dream.

"It's huge. You don't think so from the outside, but you walk in and you can find anything you're looking for," says Poland resident Amanda Griffis.

Pat Northcutt found another Santa Claus for her collection and will miss her regular trips to the shop, all the way from the Cleveland area.

"It's sad because it's a store to come to for things that you want for special people," Northcutt says.

With the title of Ohio's Largest and Finest Gift Shop, the store has room after room of merchandise from the ceiling to the floor.

"You can't really place a value on the inventory that's in here because the collectable values go up and down with the market, so to place a guess as to the value is nearly impossible," says Hoage. 

Once everything is sold, the doors will close forever.

 

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