Box Lots – Often a Treasure Trove, but Sometimes….



We love getting box lots at auctions. Sometimes we get them at estate sales, although that’s rare.  We get lots of them via donations to our thrift shop.  (Note: An auction box lot is typically a pile of odds & ends that the auctioneer doesn’t consider worth the effort of selling individually, because those pieces probably won’t fetch much.)

Box lots at auctions are a gamble.  Sometimes we miss the chips, dents and dings because we don’t really put the effort into looking each piece over carefully.

But even if we’ve picked through them ahead of time, it seems there’s always a treasure or two in every box.  We’ve been surprised by a very old postcard, a piece of pottery worth far more than we’d expected, and – once – a 1920’s bust that on the books is worth several hundred dollars.  Too bad it hasn’t sold in the past year!

Today I was going through a box lot that was donated to the thrift shop, and which, along with some mouse droppings, included a covered crock with old papers (mostly appliance manuals) in it.  Okay, the papers really were worthless so I started digging through them and trashing each handful, when at the bottom of the crock I found a couple of dozen (wrapped and sealed, thank goodness) condoms!

Nope… not gonna inventory, try to sell or give away those suckers.  Into the garbage you go!

I do have to question why anyone would store their condoms in with old appliance manuals.  Then again, I guess I don’t really want to know.

Gotta love it.


Main Location:  Heritage Collectibles at 189 Main Street, Lewiston  ME 04240.
Hours: During the holiday season, we’ll be open expanded hours – as much as our day jobs allow.  For the rest of this week those hours will be

Thursday, Dec 10 – 10:00-1:15
Friday, Dec 11 – 10:00-5:00
Saturday, Dec 12 – 11:00-5:00
Sunday, Dec 13 – 12:00-4:00

Our hours do unfortunately vary depending on the demands of our day jobs (Linda is a social worker, and John is the post press supervisor at the local newspaper), whether we are exhibiting at a show (rare nowadays), or are attending an auction we just don’t want to miss!  If you are coming from a distance, your best bet may be to call us first to make sure we’ll be there, or to make an appointment.  We do try to post our hours each day on the shop’s door, and on this blog.

Contact us:
Maine locations
… John: 207 713 0674 or
… Linda: 207 740 2247 or
Los Angeles location
… Jessamyn: 818 738 4713 0r
Generic Email
Other Physical Locations:
Papa’s Thrift Shop, 5 Park Street, Lewiston ME (just around the corner from our 189 Main Street location).  Papa’s is the thrift shop & wholesale division of Heritage Collectibles.  The thrift shop is generally open Mondays, 12-2, Fridays & Saturdays from 12-5.  Beginning in October, the hours for wholesale buyers (with valid state resellers certificate) will be the 1st & 3rd Mondays from 10 am -12 noon, and the 2nd Wednesday from 6-8 pm.  Contact Linda at 207 740 2247 FMI.
Cabot Mill Antiques, Fort Andross, Brunswick  ME (display case #90).  Open 10-5, 7 days a week.
Sherman Oaks Antiques Mall, Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles CA (display case #273)
Internet & Web-Based Locations:
Upcoming Shows & Exhibits
… none scheduled at this time; we’re taking a breather!
Message re Our Products:
Most 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!

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