Trudy’s Treasures offers variety of unique gifts

A VARIETY OF MERCHANDISE — Trudy Slaven was visited at her new business, Trudy’s Treasures, by Joe Matello, left, and Paul DiGiactino. Slaven has brought a variety of NFL items, jewelry, toys and other collectibles under one roof at Follansbee Plaza on Main Street.

FOLLANSBEE — After selling an assortment of NFL items, fantasy-themed jewelry, toys and other collectibles at area flea markets, Trudy Slaven of Steubenville has brought all of her merchandise under one roof at Trudy’s Treasures, her new shop on Main Street.

The shop is within the former Pep’s Mini Mart between Burger King and the Follansbee branch of First National Bank.

Visitors to the store may recognize Slaven from booths at flea markets in Wintersville and Follansbee as well as the Wellsburg Applefest and other festivals.

The retired schoolteacher said she started selling collectibles at the start of the Beanie Baby craze and since has branched out to include a variety of collectibles, from McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, Barbie dolls and toy cars to necklaces and rings with fantasy symbols and lanyards, mugs and bobbleheads bearing the logos and likenesses of an assortment of NFL teams and athletes.

Slaven has kept up with new trends, adding LOL dolls, Fingerling figures and other new collectibles to her stock.

The store also offers wrapped “grab boxes,” with surprise contents suited for girls and boys, for $2 each.

Slaven said during the years she’s enjoyed meeting a variety of people and has appreciated the positive response she’s received since recently opening the shop with the help of her husband, Mort.

Trudy’s Treasures is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Photos of some of its many items can be found at its Facebook page, Trudy’s Treasures Follansbee.

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