Opening a retail shop was supposed to be at the tail-end of a two-year plan for this business, which we started in August of 2014.
We’d test it out, put items in various flea markets and antique shops, try eBay and take part in a few shows.
But open a shop? Nope. Not for a while.
Within just a couple of months of offering our services to do garage sale and basement clean outs, our large house looked like it came directly off an episode of Hoarders. Boxes were everywhere, and we (and our three dogs) had to pick our way gingerly among very narrow paths to get from room to room.
Worse, we couldn’t remember what was in the boxes, no matter how carefully we packed and labeled our treasures.
So in November, we rented a small retail space – not to have a shop, but to have a place we could store our inventory in a fashion where we could tell what we had. Sure made it a lot easier to decide which pieces of art or vintage dishes or first edition books or signage or estate jewelry or whatever we would take to whichever shop or show it was destined for.
Since we had the retail space, though, we did try to have the shop open for those who wanted to browse or buy, but that didn’t work out so well at first.
Both of us had jobs that are full-time plus (I was working full-time at one job and half time at another, and John has a very demanding supervisory position at a local newspaper), so with the shows we were doing, and the clean-outs we were offered, and the auctions we were hitting for more inventory (and just for the pure fun of it), having a thriving retail store was out of the question.
Then I realized I was burning out from sheer exhaustion from working so many hours at my two jobs plus the business. So I cut my full-time job down to part-time at the beginning of March.
And lo & behold, what happened next? Two days ago we got a call from our shop’s landlord that the piercing studio in the space next to us was shutting down… and did we want that space? It would give us three times the retail floor space we currently have, plus other amenities… and we could move our already way over-crowded shop without having to load the Jeep 4,000 times or rent a giant U-Haul!
Sometimes it seems the universe is hitting you upside the head, saying “DO THIS!”.
We haven’t settled on a move-in date yet (there’s some work to be done to the new space to make it more usable for us) but around the middle of May, Heritage Collectibles will be in a great new spot at 189 Main Street in Lewiston, Maine!
We’ll have room for compatible vendors to rent inexpensive booths, and already have our first commitment from a gift basket company!
I guess ya never know where life will lead you, no matter how carefully you try to plan.
Main Location: Heritage Collectibles at 5 Park, Lewiston ME 04240; soon to be 189 Main Street in Lewiston.
Hours: Vary, but usually 12:00n to 5:00p on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, although this depends greatly on whether we are exhibiting at a show, or are attending an auction we just don’t want to miss! Your best bet is to call us first to make sure we’ll be there, or to make an appointment. [Beginning in the middle of May, we’ll be open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.]
Contact us at:
… John: 207 713 0674 or JSnyder@regroupbiz.com
… Linda: 207 740 2247 or LSnyder@regroupbiz.com
… Jessamyn: 818 738 4713 0r JHopkins@regroupbiz.com
… Generic Email: HeritageCollectiblesMaine@gmail.com
… Undercover Antique Mall, Route 26, Oxford ME
… Cabot Mill Antiques, Fort Andross, Brunswick ME
… Sherman Oaks Antiques Mall, Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA (coming in mid April)
Upcoming Shows & Exhibits
… April 10-12, Manchester Lions Club Home & Garden Show, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME
… April 23, Diva Mall at Lost Valley, Lost Valley Drive, Auburn ME
… April 25, 3rd Annual Spring Quilt Show, United Church of Monmouth, Monmouth ME
Message re Our Products:
All of the items we offer are vintage, antique or simply pre-owned. Therefore, reasonable wear & tear is to be expected, and our items are sold as seen and as described in the photos and/or in person.
We try to describe any damage, nicks, blemishes or other problems of which we are aware in any and all of our listings, and always include plenty of clear photographs which are integral to the description, so please review them closely.
Also, please be aware that vintage and antique items are unlikely to be in factory condition, so if you aren’t used to buying antique or vintage items – and are in fact looking for a pristine, unused item – a new reproduction may be better suited for you.
We ordinarily do not “clean up” items because such cleaning may detract from their value.
We are specific and honest in our descriptions because we want happy buyers who will return and/or refer their friends!