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Artworks: Unique & Appealing Gifts

General W.S. Hancock   (National Archives)

There is always someone on our gift list who seems to have everything.

To discover unique gifts that are sure to be popular and easy on your wallet, stop in at Artworks, located at 30 York Street in downtown Gettysburg.  Now under new ownership, the roomy, colorful shop is now much more than quilts and handbags.

Owner Jennie Shaffer is a Gettysburg native, and has been in sales and management for over 25 years.  In addition to her new business venture with Artworks, Jennie is the office events manager for Gettysburg Rental Center on York Road.  When we asked her how she had the time to do both venues, she said, “We have the same staff at Artworks, and they have it all under control.”  Sandra, Denise, and Cass are on hand to assist customers in a most friendly and efficient fashion.

In addition to the ample supply of quilts, runners, and handbags, Artworks has introduced an amazing array of gift ideas for all occasions, from birthdays to weddings to holidays.  Chala animal design purses, wallets, and keychains, Silver Forest earrings and NUGZ inspirational jewelry are popular additions.  There are Duke Cannon soaps, lotions, and creams for men, and Gourmet Village foods from hot chocolates, dip mixes, cheese toppings, and cakes in a mug.  There are Nora Fleming melamine dishes with interchangeable holiday designs, dried florals, and unusual wood carving trinket boxes and game boards – an ideal choice for someone special.  

“I want to bring art into Artworks,” Jennie says.  “And I want it to say, ‘I got this in Gettysburg.’”  There are one-of-a-kind metal creations (check out the goat in the window), and hand-stitched dolls that bring to memory a simpler time a century ago.  Among the dolls are sometimes  a few zombie dolls.  “There was a bride and groom zombie pair,” Jennie remembers, “and it sold right away.  As a wedding gift.”

Major credit cards are accepted.  For more information on their inventory, check out their website at www.artworkspa.com .  You can also visit their Facebook page.  

Artworks is open daily through the end of the year.  Winter hours may vary.  Business hours are:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10-5.  At busy times, the shop remains open later.  If in doubt, call for hours or details, at 717-334-4250.

The shop is bright and airy, and the vibrant colors on the walls combined with the myriad merchandise is inviting and easy to meander throughout.

Stop in at Artworks, and find the old favorites and discover the many new gift ideas, at reasonable prices, for that someone on your list – including yourself.

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