Closing the Shop, but Not the Business


For the past year, I’ve been pulling double duty – working my full-time social work job, and trying to keep Heritage Collectibles going.  Both jobs are challenging and demanding, and I’m never, ever caught up.

I wanted to keep the shop open because it was our dream – Johnny’s and mine – and was going to be his retirement gig, as soon as we could get it making enough money that he could quit his full-time job.

But he didn’t live long enough for that.

So for the past year, I’ve been working 100+ hour work weeks, while steadily falling further and further behind in my personal life, and as far as marketing the business, keeping it organized, managing the finances, and so forth.  It’s a business that really demands a huge number of hours put into it each week, and between us, Johnny and I were staying on top of it.  It was rough, but we were doing it.

Unfortunately, without him, I can’t keep it going.  Because of my job, the shop can’t be open enough hours a week, and those hours are too often inconsistent.  (I get multiple comments every day from people who say “You’re never open”.  I was usually open 30 or so hours a week, but they weren’t the “right” hours.)  And it’s not making enough money to afford to pay someone, so that’s not an option.

Anyway, as I said, the business itself isn’t closing, just the shop.  I’m in the process of moving inventory to 5 other antique malls and flea markets, which are listed below (keep scrolling).  I’m also thinking about keeping 5 Park Street as a specialized bookstore open by appointment and other occasional hours – it would additionally be a location for The (Grief) Warrior support groups.

Since I’m not going out of business, there won’t be a “going out of business sale”.  However, I will have a couple of sales coming up.

Book Sale!  $5.00 a Bag!  October 13-14-15, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at 5 Park Street.  More information can be found here: 

Fixtures & Leftover Inventory Sale!  No dates have been scheduled for this yet, but it will likely be October 29 – November 4.   That will give me time to finish getting anything left out of the building, and the space cleaned up so the shop can be closed as of Thanksgiving.

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers over the past three years!

As always, until we’re actually closed, if you’re coming from any distance, please give me a call ahead of time to ensure I’ll be open… if our hours don’t work with your schedule and if I can possibly swing it, I can be available some mornings before 10:00.  Most afternoons through the evening, I’m at my social work job until at least 8:00 pm but I could possibly open up after I get out of work.


Our Locations:

189 Main Street, Lewiston ME.
Heritage Collectibles and Heritage Books & Maps have been combined into one shop: Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps.  We’d love it if you would follow our blogs!  (The Books and Maps blog isn’t as active as the Heritage Collectibles one.)

5 Park Street, Lewiston ME.
Papa’s Thrift Shop
 has re-opened at 5 Park Street (it’s in the same building as Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps but with a separate entrance around the corner from the 189 Main Street address)!   Papa’s website is:


Oxford – The Undercover Antique Mall, 960 Main Street.  We have some great, less expensive inventory for you to check out at the Undercover Antique Mall, seven days a week from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm!  We’re in booth #56.

Scarborough – The Southern Maine Indoor Flea Market, 578 U S Route 1.  Looking for cookbooks and kitchen-related items?  Check out our small space (#99) at the Southern Maine Indoor Flea Market, seven days a week from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm!

Waterville – The Hathaway Mill Antique Mall, 10 Water Street.  We now have a small space (Booth #23) in the Hathaway Mill Antique Mall!  Here you’ll find only items produced in or before 1965.

Westbrook – The Den of Antiquities, 1399 Bridgton Road.   Just ask for us by name, or by booth 56!  The Den of Antiquities is a wonderful antique shop with loads of great items, including our own!  Please come check us out, Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Other Ways of Finding Us:

You can also find us on Facebook: and

And we’re on Twitter!



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, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at, 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 and Papa’s Thrift Shop 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.)



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