What’s Happening at Heritage Collectibles?


For those who have been wondering, especially after seeing the empty storefront at 189 Main Street since last fall… (I’ve kind of talked about this in other blogs, but here’s the most recent.)

After John died so suddenly and tragically in the fall of 2016, I was devastated.  I suddenly had a whole new life to live, a full-time and very demanding social work job, and two shops that had been kept running on pure love – because neither was making enough to support itself.  The first was Heritage Collectibles, our antiques and miscellaneous shop; the second was Heritage Books & Maps, which was in the little space right around in the corner, and was Johnny’s baby.  He had barely gotten it set up the way he liked it when he died.

I tried to keep the two shops going but for a long time couldn’t stand to even go in the doors without breaking down.  We had never been open that many hours in any one week because John also was working a demanding full-time job, so the hours were fairly limited.  And although we talked about one of us quitting our jobs so we could spend more time at the shop, it was always too big a leap.  We figured we’d keep plugging away and eventually we’d be able to make it happen.  It never got to that point.

I then had to explain over and over to customers who asked, that John had died, which left me in tears every single time.  Perhaps worse, my eyes kept forcing me to look, again and again, at the last place where I saw my husband alive; at the very front of the shop.

Most people were sweet, gentle and shocked. Some were not… like the sign salesman who – ignoring my distress – pushed for me to talk signage with him, and when I blurted out that I had no money because my husband had just died, responded with “Well, I’m sorry about that, but it isn’t my fault”.  (By the way, despite me complaining to his employer several times, I never received a response or an apology.)

Anyway, time has marched on.  Today marks 19 months since John died.

I closed the main shop last fall.  I closed John’s bookstore long before that.

Some of the inventory went to shops in Waterville and Scarborough but I couldn’t keep up with the travel, so have closed down my booths there.  More inventory has gone to shops in Westbrook (The Den of Antiquities) and Oxford (The Undercover Antique Mall & Flea Market).  The rest of the inventory is filling my house and garage, as well as a space in the rear of the same building where the shops were located.  The inventory in the latter area is primarily books, but despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to keep it organized well enough to actually be “open for business”.

Dealing with organizing all of that inventory by myself has been compounded by my grief over John’s death, then my father’s just recently.  I’ve also spent weeks at a time visiting my daughter and her family in Los Angeles; I’ve needed them, and I’ve needed to get away.

To keep my head above water, I worked a great deal of overtime at my social work job from January until March this year.  Recently I started a part-time consulting gig as an office manager for a local professional, and I’m looking at adding another.  Not surprisingly, I’ve been sick nearly constantly for the past year and a half.  Despite posting anticipated hours for Saturdays, I’ve barely stepped foot inside the shop this year.

So… where does that leave Heritage Collectibles?

Ahhh… the one hundred thousand dollar question!

My goal is to eventually get back to having consistent weekend hours, with a space where people can come, sit and relax, have a cup of coffee, and browse some really great books.  Having a bookstore was one of Johnny’s dreams, and I still want to honor that.

In the meantime, our non-book inventory can be found at the two shops mentioned above (we’re booth #56 in each place), and Heritage Collectibles itself can be open by appointment if you’re willing to dig through boxes to see what we have.

I hope to get this blog back up and running soon!

If you haven’t done so recently, hug those you love and tell them how much they are cherished.  Life is far too short to miss a minute with them.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past four years.

#inexpensivehomedecor
#repurposerecycleupcycle

 

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The (Grief) Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

[Please Note: The (Grief) Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.]

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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Half Price Sale at Our Booth at the Undercover Flea Market & Antique Mall in Oxford!

We have loads of fresh new inventory to fill our booth (#56) at the Undercover Mall in Oxford, and really need to get rid of what we presently have, in order to make room!

So, from now until May 31st, EVERYTHING in our main booth is half price – both the junk, and the good stuff!  (Sorry, this does not include the jewelry cabinet by the checkout counter; just our large booth on the right hand wall of the store.)

Dealers, we have some cool inventory that might work for you at another shop… give me a yell at 207-740-2247 if you want to …. uh, what’s that old saying, “talk turkey”??

Below are some of the items, although the booth has been updated with additional inventory since these photos were taken.

Here are a few pictures of our booth (#56) and some of our inventory at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford.  The booth changes frequently as I add things, and “stuff” is sold!

It’s hard to see from my photos but there are several shelves where everything is $1.00 or 5 for $4.00, and other shelves where everything is $2.00 or 5 for $8.00!  Just mix and match!

Come on in and check us out!

For more information about our locations, pricing, shipping & delivery, etc, please click on one of the informational tabs above!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past three years!

#inexpensivehomedecor
#repurposerecycleupcycle

 

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The (Grief) Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

[Please Note: The (Grief) Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.]

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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Here’s Our New Layout – We’ve Stuffed a LOT of Books, Art & Music Into This Space!

Our new hours will be 10:30-4:00 on Saturdays, and 10:30-2:00 on Sundays.

Come visit… the coffee pot will be on!

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NOTE:  Although we still have some antiques, art and collectibles at our retail shop, we’ve moved much of our inventory to other locations.  However, we’ve kept our books, maps & music, and would love to see you in our great space at 189 B Main Street in Lewiston.  (Our customers will remember the space as our furniture gallery, in the back of the main retail shop area.)

To check out our other great inventory, please visit both the Undercover Antique Mall, Route 26 in Oxford and The Den of Antiquities, 1399 Bridgton Road in Westbrook!

We hope you will enjoy our booths at those locations as you did our shop on Main Street.

As far as visiting the revamped Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, as noted above, we are still in the same building, but our new entrance is at the back of that building.  You’ll see some signs in the windows saying “Heritage Collectibles”, “Retail Shop” and “Welcome”!  If our “Open” flag – or Johnny’s favorite black & white pirate flag – are flying, then just come on in through the industrial-looking door! 

Directions:  Turn off Main Street in Lewiston onto Park Street and park in the first available spot (the meters are free on the weekends).  The entrance is through the door at the end of the building on the right hand side.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past four years!

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

(Please Note: The Grief Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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We’ll Be Closed Until the Last Week of April, 2018 – We’re Visiting Our Daughter & Her Family in Los Angeles!

I apologize for not being available for our customer until the end of this month, but seriously, who would pass up a chance to spend three weeks with your daughter, son-in-law and 7 month old grandson??  Not I!

See you at the end of April!

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NOTE:  With the exception of books, maps & music, most of our antique and other inventory can now be found at one of the great antique shops or flea markets listed here:  https://heritagecollectiblesmaine.com/details-hours/ 

We hope you will enjoy our booths at those locations as you did our shop on Main Street.

For those dying to check out the revamped Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, we are still in the same building, but our new entrance is at the back of that building.  You’ll see some signs in the windows saying “Heritage Collectibles”, “Retail Shop” and “Welcome”!

Just turn off Main Street in Lewiston onto Park Street and park in the first available parking spot.  The entrance is through the door at the end of the building on the right hand side.  You’ll see signs in the windows (“Retail Store” and “Heritage Collectibles” and “Antiques” as well as others; you’ll also see my silver Jeep Liberty parked there.  Our “Open” flag should be out, too!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past three+ years!

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

(Please Note: The Grief Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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Here’s a Look at Our Booth at The Den of Antiquities in Westbrook!

Here are a few pictures of items in our booth (#56) and some of our inventory at the Den of Antiquities in Westbrook.  The booth changes frequently as I add things, and “stuff” is sold!

This is a great shop on the Bridgton Road between Windham and Westbrook, with loads of very cool items.

Come on in and check us out!

For more information about our locations, pricing, shipping & delivery, etc, please click on one of the informational tabs above!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past almost four years!

#inexpensivehomedecor
#repurposerecycleupcycle

 

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The (Grief) Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

[Please Note: The (Grief) Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.]

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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Wooden “Lovers” Sculpture

We love this solid wood carved statue of two lovers… It’s a very nice piece, and surprisingly heavy!

Price:  Just $7500.  Plus State of Maine sales tax of 5.5%, of course!

Condition: Excellent.

Height: About 18″ high.

Location
:  Undercover Antique Mall, Route 26, Oxford ME.  We are booth #56!

For more information about our locations, pricing, shipping & delivery, etc, please click on one of the informational tabs above!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past three years!

#inexpensivehomedecor
#repurposerecycleupcycle

 

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The (Grief) Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

[Please Note: The (Grief) Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.]

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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Loads of Salt & Pepper Shaker Sets!

We have a tub full of salt & pepper shakers for you to dig through.  You’ll almost certainly like a set that grabs your fancy!

Price:  Just $2.00 per set or $8.00 for 5 sets!  Plus State of Maine sales tax of 5.5%, of course!

Condition: Very good to excellent.

Location
:  Undercover Antique Mall, Route 26, Oxford ME.  We are booth #56!

For more information about our locations, pricing, shipping & delivery, etc, please click on one of the informational tabs above!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past three years!

#inexpensivehomedecor
#repurposerecycleupcycle

 

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The (Grief) Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

[Please Note: The (Grief) Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.]

FMI: https://warrior-project.org

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