The thrill of treasure hunting brought Jason Gerdeman and sisters Annie and Laurie Akerman together. The shopkeepers joined forces this summer to form Sisters Junction and Bro – a secondhand and antique shop – in downtown North Baltimore. Previously, they operated separate stores just a few doors down from each other. “It was destined to happen,” said Gerdeman about the merger. “We just clicked and learned so much from each other.”
Jason specializes in research and valuation, Annie possesses an eye for design and can repair anything, and Laurie is an expert in buying and selling. All three business partners love to scour yard sales, estate sales and auctions for one-of-a-kind items. Their store is brimming with jewelry, records, secondhand furniture (their biggest seller), pottery, local history items, kitchenware, vintage toys, and more. “Where can you go and buy something for 25 cents?” asks Gerdeman. “We sell items from 5 cents and up. We have everything imaginable from elk teeth in glass beads to old family albums and bronze statues.”
Every November, Sisters Junction and Bro holds a blow-out Christmas sale two weeks before Thanksgiving. Held at an off-site location, the three-day sale features everything Christmas from vintage ornaments to unusual décor items. “We usually have a line waiting outside the door,” said Gerdeman. -LWP
114 N. Main Street, North Baltimore. Tuesdays through Fridays 10am-6pm,
and Saturdays 10am-2pm. 419-257-0506.