Since the 1930s, the building which holds Morgan’s Treasure, an antique store in downtown Waynesburg, has remained in the same family, but now that’s likely to change.
After choosing to downsize Morgan’s Treasure, owner Kim Pedilion made the decision to put the building, which sits just off of E High St, up for sale in August.
For more than 85 years, the building has been passed through Pedilion’s family, beginning with her grandfather’s dry cleaning business. Despite the heritage, it’s only recently become an antique store selling vintage items.
“This was my grandfathers dry cleaners, so it was here about 85 years, probably, and from there, my dad took it over,” said Pedilion. “Given health reasons, he couldn’t do it any longer, so I ended up with it.”
After taking over the dry cleaning business from her father, Pedilion started to make slow progression towards changing the family business six years ago, with influence from her parents background in auctioneering.
“My mom and dad were auctioneers; they’ve been in the business for years,” Pedilion said. “I’ve always helped them at the auctions, so I accumulated a lot of stuff. We had yard sales outside when the dry cleaner was here for probably 10 to 11 years.”
As the dry cleaning business began to fall off, Pedilion said it only made sense to convert the business into an antique store to help move some of the items her family had acquired through various auctions.
“Dry cleaning is a dead business, so we had been selling stuff in the dry cleaning business like jewelry and dishes and stuff like that,” Pedilion said. “We had already been doing that for about 10 years or so before we started [Morgan’s Treasure] and then just decided to get rid of the dry cleaning and turn it into a store.”
While there had been segments of the property for sale earlier, Pedilion said her husband encouraged her to put the entire building up for sale through a realtor.
“People approached us about different things and so we entertained selling parts of it, but then we just decided that to do all of it in one big shot with the realtor would be best,” Pedilion said.
Even though the property is up for sale, Pedilion said she hopes to continue the antique store – just in a different location.
“At this time, I’ll probably just go somewhere else,” Pedilion said. “There is no set plan since we don’t know how long it will take for the building to sell.”
After putting the store up for sale towards the end of the summer, Pedilion said there hasn’t been significant buyer interest. But, as she prepares to sell the building, which has been passed down in her family for decades, Pedilion said she’ll miss having it.
“My husband has been trying to get me to do this for a year and a half,” Pedilion said. “It took him a year and a half; it was a difficult decision to make.”