Yup… it’s true. Heritage Collectibles has been downsized. The main retail shop that our loyal customers have been visiting for the past two and a half years has closed. It’s wicked sad to see the emptiness of that front foyer and shop area that was so much fun to poke around in.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the blogs (some of which I’ve taken down recently), here’s the scoop…
Because my day job as a social worker is so demanding, and because it’s been far more difficult than I would have imagined to keep up with the shop on Main Street since my beloved John died in October of 2016, I realized I had a couple of choices: either simplify the business, or close it entirely. (Giving up my day job was never an option; not yet, anyway.)
I haven’t wanted to close the shop, in large part because the plan was for Heritage Collectibles – and specifically Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – to be John’s retirement gig. He LOVED being immersed in those books, and could happily have spent all of his time organizing, researching and reading them.
I tried to do it all for 11 months without him, and finally had to accept the reality that it just wasn’t possible.
So I began putting a lot of our inventory in various other antique malls and flea markets, while keeping the books, maps & ephemera in the back section (the furniture gallery) of the shop, which soon will be its own self-contained used bookstore.
NOTE: The new entrance is at the back of the building! You’ll see some signs in the windows saying “Heritage Collectibles”, “Retail Shop” and “Welcome”!
For now our hours will be pretty limited: Saturdays from 10:00-4:00 and by appointment.
In the meantime, you can now find us in the shops listed below! (I’ll always say “us” because this business was our baby… my husband’s and mine.)
As always, 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.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past two and a half years. We hope to see you again soon!
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.