Olsen’s building to be auction gallery

Landmark property sold to Doug Marshall

Originally Written by Liz Holland – Staff Writer for DelmavaNow.com. For the original article go here:
By Liz Holland

WESTOVER — A landmark building along Route 13 that housed Olsen’s Antiques for nearly 60 years will soon become the new home of Marshall Auctions and the site of monthly Friday night estate sales.

“It’s just a wonderful layout for an auction,” new owner Doug Marshall said of the 8,000-square-foot building that sits on nearly three acres near Curtis Chapel Road.

The Olsen’s building will be Marshall’s third. The others are located in Parsonsburg and Salisbury, which will be converted to an online auction facility once the Westover site opens sometime after Jan. 1.

Marshall traces his roots to Somerset County, where he is related to the McCready, Powell, Beauchamp and Marshall families, and with the move to Westover, hopes to tap into the market there and in neighboring Worcester, Accomack and Northampton counties.

“Our business continues to grow and diversify, with recent acquisitions in Delaware with Yorkshire Estates, breaking ground at the Amphitheater at Heron Ponds in Delmar and our home building division, which is going strong,” Marshall said.

“Estate auctions will continue to be one of our major focuses, and we’re thrilled to be able to move into this market with this visible showplace in Somerset County.”

The Olsen’s Antiques building has been closed since 2006, when owner Roger Olsen decided to retire and put the building up for sale.

The business was started in 1947 by Olsen’s parents, who moved it to the Route 13 property in the 1960s. Known for its “ceiling of chairs” plus thousands of other pieces of furniture, china, silver and collectibles, the business was a favorite stop for antiques hunters on the Eastern Shore.

Although the store was closed, Marshall said Olsen opened it periodically for special sales to liquidate the remaining inventory. The last of it was sold off just before the Nov. 1 settlement, he said.

Since then, Marshall said he has been figuring out what work needs to be done before he can open.

His plans so far include new restrooms, a kitchen, wi-fi and flat screen TVs to keep people entertained while they are waiting to bid.

“So you’re not just staring at a blank wall,” he said.

Outside, Marshall plans to paint and do some landscaping, and will leave in place the columns that came from a general store that once stood nearby.

“When people drive by on the highway, they will look up and say ‘what an attractive building,’ ” he said.

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