Once a child is hooked on baseball, collecting baseball cards seems to follow.
Chris Painter, 9, who swings his bat with the Hampstead Lions and its traveling tournament component, has acquired more than 5,000 cards including "all my brother's cards, and those go back to 1986," he said.
Children he knows collect "mostly baseball, but all kinds -- football, basketball . . . hockey is pretty big, too," says Chris.
Interest in the cards begins because "they have something about the players, and they're worth money," he says, noting that premium cards are valued from 8 to 25 cents, common cards from 3 to 7 cents.
Then, there's the Cal Ripken card, "worth 50 bucks." Chris knows his cards.
"Since everyone's bringing cards to school," he said, he and fellow 9-year-old collector Matt Peregoy saw an opportunity. "Why not give a card show?" says Chris.
So Chris and Matt went to work. They envisioned a show where "kids bring cards, show them, sell them if someone wants to buy cards that are exhibited, or trade. People who aren't vendors will bring cards and trade with vendors."
They enlisted the support of the Carroll Clovers 4-H Club. Matt and Chris are members; Chris' mother, Kate, is the leader. The show will help both boys with their 4-H community service project.
They sought space at their school, Spring Garden Elementary. They've advertised around town and have registered about 10 vendors. There's room for more.
"It's just kids," says his father, Al Painter. "Vendors are strictly 12 and under."
The Sports Card Show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 15 in the school cafeteria. Hampstead's 10th Inning Card Shop is donating a door prize.
Public admission is a can of food for Carroll County Food Sunday. Vendors must pay a $2 fee.
Information: 239-8910 or 876-2639.
The Resale Rack opened on Monday. It is a sunny haven in the Clearview Shopping Center in Hampstead, where Julia Gonzalez has brought a collection of quality used clothing and the works of notable crafts people under one roof.
"The whole concept is upscale but affordable," said her husband Rob Gonzalez. "It's a little more unique than just a consignment shop."
The shop is an extension of Mrs. Gonzalez's interests. She tells of necklaces, bracelets and earrings of Beads by Betina, or Tina Magrill, that feature "lots of different stones, gold, silver, really interesting things."
Lynn Dickensen, of The Alley Cat Enterprise, has added dried-floral arrangements, wreaths and swags composed upon twisted grapevines.
Desiree Bell "does adorable cotton rompers and little lace dresses," Mrs. Gonzalez said of Mrs. Bell's children's clothing, which is known for its bows, sewn trims and hand-painted motifs.
Custom machine embroidery, frilly scarves and stained glass also are featured. Many of Mrs. Gonzalez' artisans also sell their wares at Cranberry Mall from time to time.
The Resale Rack has about 30 consignees, who have provided the store with baby, small girls', children's, and maternity clothing, plus several "very nice Armani suits" said Mr. Gonzalez. "Everything is priced reasonably, to sell. Most items are under $10."
The Resale Rack, at 695 Hanover Pike, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 374-5770.
North Carroll Middle School offers a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar tonight, where you can meet professionals associated with this problem from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school, 2401 Hanover Pike.
Sponsored by the PTO and school staff, a forum of three 20-minute presentations will conclude with an open discussion that they hope will "be a springboard for . . . proposing a plan of action."
Parents are urged to bring middle-school students and those in fourth and fifth grades. Joanne Hayes, of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program, will give opening remarks at 7 p.m.