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Former Route 5 Fine Art And Artifacts Go To Auction

November 20, 2019


FORMER ROUTE 5 of CHAMBERSBURG GOES TO AUCTION

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The former Route 5, well-known art and craft gallery off Wayne Ave in Chambersburg will go to auction this December. Although now long gone, the former store was well known amongst the community and voted the top gift shop in the Cumberland Valley by the Public Opinion for over 20 years.


The owners Lois and Don Funk started the business in 1974 with only $70.00 to invest in the business at their first location on S. Main Street in Chambersburg. $50 went to rent and $18 was for two gallons of Sear’s off-white paint leaving them with just $2 for change on opening day in May.

 

Lois was a fantastic teacher of learning disabled and neurologically impaired children. Route5 was her second job, and she soon became the spark of the business whom customers grew to ask for.

 

Don was a jack of all trades, who never knew what he was cut out to do. He worked at 30 cast-off jobs by the age of 30, from picking apples and tomatoes with migrant workers, to flying helicopters in the Marine Corp, to teaching emotionally disturbed children before settling into the business of Route 5.

 

Both Lois and Don had a natural talent in quickly identifying the handmade crafts that fit into their community. At first they started with more country crafts although the Funk’s tastes ran more on the ‘Rock and Roll’ side. However as Don said: “Beautiful things can have two functions: display when not in use, and functional, like art pottery that goes into the oven.”  They also created and started selling their signature ‘Tree of Life’ jewelry in 2009 and continued to do so until 2017. Don states “It is a joy to walk into Giant, and see women wearing this mythological jewelry to this day.”

 

Now, at the ages 76 (Don) and 69 (Lois), personal reasons have forced the Funks to downsize and move to a senior living facility which provides them only two rooms of living space. Unfortunately they are unable to take everything with them. They have asked Hurley Auctions in Greencastle to liquidate their lifetime collection of personal art and artifacts from their many travels including several signed pieces of artwork, stained glass art, vintage Coca Cola machine, large selection of pottery and HUNDREDS more unique and unusual pieces.
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