Like many Mannington Fairs over the years, vendors and workers tend to leave with a smile, but after a century old quilt was stolen this year, the owner of one quilt doesn’t feel the same.
“I was dumbfounded you know I just though it was terrible and why would somebody do that’” said Betty Bland, owner of Quilted Treasures.
After packing on the final day of the Mannington Fair, Bland explained how she was approached by a shaken co-worker who told her that a quilt was stolen from the exhibit.
“I’m going like ‘which one which one?’ and I looked at the exhibit and she said ‘that one on the end’ and I’m like ‘no of all the things they could have taken, they’ve taken that quilt.’” stated Bland about a quilt that was made in the early 1920’s, that she held near and dear to he heart since she first had it given to her close to 30 years ago.
“I mean the cage was locked and its a 6 foot tall wall of chain-linked fence and they had to reach across that over about 3 feet to get the quilt. I just don’t understand how,” said Bland in amazement.
“Give it back, you know, why would you take it? It’s not that valuable to anybody, but me.”
If you know of the whereabouts of the quilt, please contact the Mannington Police Department or the shop owner directly at (304)-669-9031 or through Facebook at Quilted Treasures.