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Sellout

Posted 1/15/2003

As the Nose was trolling eBay last week, searching for cheap vinyl and interesting Baltimoreana for sale, we stumbled across an image of a Fells Point indie landmark: Chat Street, the skate-punk store that, according to The Sun's online guide to the city, "keeps Fells Point stocked with 13-year-old punk rockers. This is where the young rebel can get his first skateboard, his first piercing (provided he can get a parental unit to sign a consent form), and the clothes and accessories he'll soon mess up by falling off his skateboard while trying to look cool." A seller who goes by the eBay moniker herbal_auctions has listed 621, 623, and 625 S. Broadway for sale at $450,000 (according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, the building's owner is Michelle Fonte of Glen Burnie). The listing describes the building as a 9,600-square-foot space with 1,600 square feet of commercially zoned storefront area--a "great spot for a retail store, boutique, art gallery, coffee shop, antique store or convenience store." Apparently herbal_auctions is giving the purchaser the opportunity to do as they see fit with the venerable piercing parlor/hip clothing establishment that currently occupies the space: "If you just want to rent, each store is available," the eBay description says. "One year lease available with the option to renew for up to 5 years. Rents for $2,000 per month each, for a $6,000 monthly income."

Not only is this seller offering a chunk of prime Fells Point real estate--herbal_auctions will also let you bid on such items as an Insane Clown Posse lunch box ($12.99); two Misfits shot glasses, mint condition ($25); glow-in-the-dark rave rings in various colors ($2.50); and an I LOVE MY BONG T-SHIRT ($19.95).

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