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FINDING 2nd TIME DESIGNS

Whimsical and fun? You bet! In fact, you may need to duct tape the corners of your mouth if you want to keep from smiling as you approach Judy and Lou Hagen's Recycled Metal Art Sculptures studio behind their Millsboro home on Rt. 24 in salestax-free Delaware.

It's a straight 15-minute drive southwest on Rt. 24 from Rehoboth's Route 1 McDonald's and the famous Route 1 shopping outlets in Rehoboth. An actual life-size pair of mother-daughter giraffes ("Norma" and "Lola") that protrude from atop a cluster of driveway shrubbery out front, greet art collectors, shoppers, browsers and many passing photographers.

Studio visits are “by appointment at 302.945.3988 or by chance.” You can find samples of their work for sale and on exhibit at the Annual St, Michael’s Father’s Day Weekend Antique Boat Show, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Show the first Saturday in June, and the Lewes Fourth of July Show. The Hagen’s can be contacted by email at Info@2ndTimeDesigns.com

Anyone who’s ever driven on Rt. 24 (John J. Williams Highway) between Rehoboth and Millsboro, Delaware, knows the property: #26380 Rt.24. You’ll find the front yard alone worth the drive as the latest creations each make “on-stage debut” appearances alongside or in front of their home. But nothing compares with the magic of a ride up the driveway to the studio displays. Just be prepared to smile.