Reluctantly, I’ve come to the decision that Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will soon be operated primarily as an on-line business, although we will maintain our booth at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford, and will quite likely exhibit books and other items at local outdoor flea markets when they all reopen this spring.
It started out as a great adventure for John and me back in 2014. We loved our shop, even though it was a huge amount of work (and we both had full-time jobs as well).
After John died so suddenly and tragically in October of 2016, I tried to keep the shop going, eventually downsizing by closing his bookstore at 5 Park Street (although I continued to use the space as storage for several months), and then closing our wonderful corner shop at 189 Main Street in November 2017.
The result was that I gave away and/or donated a huge amount of inventory… it began to feel like “Curb Alerts R Us”! And I had reduced our crammed full, nearly 2,000 square foot retail space to barely 600 sf filled mostly with books, and continued to try to keep it going – despite, at one point, working 80 hours a week at three other jobs.
The reality is that I should have just closed the entire shop two years ago. Without John, and our love for each other and for the business, it’s been an emotional & logistical struggle, and a constant financial drain. I couldn’t afford to pay anyone to help, and I couldn’t afford to be at the shop full-time myself.
But… I wanted to honor our dream.
However, I’ve finally had to come to terms with the reality that attempting to fulfill a dream at the expense of one’s health and financial stability doesn’t honor anyone.
So, the physical shop will close, although the business will continue, and I will continue to post blogs about our inventory on this website.
In the meantime, please visit our booth at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford!
BTW, if you want to purchase books or artwork in bulk at a deep discount for your own bookstore, eBay or Amazon business, or flea market, give me a yell… I’m not looking forward to moving the estimated 12,000-14,000 books into my house!
If the books go, I will also have shelving that can be purchased. And there are black metal art grids available, too (they are 7′ high, and come with wall mount brackets, and hanging clips for the art).
Location: We can meet you in the Lewiston-Auburn area or drop the item(s) off at the Undercover Antique Mall, 960 Main Street (Route 26) in Oxford ME. With pre-payment via PayPal, we can ship, and (depending on our schedule and itinerary) possibly meet you in another local town. FMI: https://heritagecollectiblesmaine.com/details-hours/
All sales, after expenses, go to support The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in center in development. I’m also a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). FMI: Linda, 207 / 740-2247.
NOTE: Our 14,000 books, plus maps, sheet music and art will soon be available primarily on-line (with local delivery in the Auburn, Maine area available), while most of our vintage, antique and other inventory can be found at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford. We are booth number 56.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us since August of 2014!
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. Johnny was an avid reader, who loved the feel of real books in his hands… history was his forte, but in true Renaissance Man fashion, John knew a lot about a great many subjects. He would often be so fascinated by a book he was reading that he would excitedly read aloud passages to me, so we could discuss the ideas contained therein.
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, 2001. Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)