From when we first opened at this location (Mother’s Day weekend in 2015), the demands of our day jobs have made it nearly impossible to keep the shop open consistent hours on Mondays through Thursdays… and we often had to close at the last minute due to an emergency, scheduling need or other issue at my (Linda’s) social work job.
With John’s sudden and tragic death in October of 2016, keeping regular hours became even more difficult. And although I tried to keep the shop going full-time while also working at a very challenging job, within a year it was clear I couldn’t keep up with it all.
However, the shop was our dream, Johnny’s and mine. He loved it and the plan was for him to “retire” into running it one day soon. Johnny had this vision of running a shop with an old-fashioned country store air, right down to a “liar’s bench” where the old guys could sit around shooting the bull and telling tall tales. (One of my happiest finds was a reprint of a painting depicting exactly this… it’s now prominently displayed in our Maine & New England section.)
Getting the shop to a place where he could retire from his very demanding day job (which he loved, despite its physical rigors) was taking longer than we had hoped, though, and John’s emotional and physical health ran out far too soon.
Rather than close the business, I eventually decided to downsize our main location and move most of the inventory to other shops here in Maine.
Our customers will remember the furniture gallery in the large long room at the back of the shop. That area is now our main location, and is primarily a used bookstore with a conference room for support groups, and a classroom for workshops and activities.
As of right now (October 2018), our hours are necessarily limited because of the demands of Linda’s income-producing work and managing our booth space in another shop.
- Saturdays – 10:00-4:00
- whenever we’re able to open during reasonable hours
- and by appointment (call Linda at 207 / 740.2247 for a private showing or time to browse through our 9,000-10,000 volumes of very cool contemporary, vintage and antique books).
In the meantime, if we find we can be open more during the week, we’ll turn on the lights, put out the flag and gladly welcome you! (We’ll also try to post that last minute availability on our Facebook page and group, as well as on the Contact Info sidebar on this blog.)
And of course, as noted above, we are open by appointment.
The shop is still at the same location at 189 Main Street in Lewiston, but we have down-sized into what was once our furniture gallery in the second, back section. While there is a front door area on Main Street, it’s really only an emergency exit.
Our entrance is now at the back of the building, off Park Street. There’s an institutional-looking metal door, and windows with signs in them (“Antiques”, “Retail Store” and “Heritage Collectibles”). If the “OPEN” flag is flying, we’re available. (If it’s evening and the black and white skull & crossbones flag – which was John’s favorite – is out, we’re probably running a class or group of some kind. You can always check in, though.)
To find us, just enter “9 Park Street, Lewiston” into your GPS, and find a parking place anywhere on the street nearby.
Our Other Location:
We have tried out booths in other shops but didn’t have the time to maintain them all, so we now are just in one other.
Oxford – The Undercover Antique Mall, 960 Main Street. (207) 539-4149.
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.
The profits of all Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps (after expenses, of course) go to support The Grief Warrior Project. FMI: https://warrior-project.org.
You can also find us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/heritagecollectibles and https://www.facebook.com/groups/heritagecollectibles
And we’re on Twitter! https://twitter.com/heritagegifts.
Call or Text:
… Heritage Collectibles cell phone: 207 713 0674 (you may have to leave a message)
… Linda’s cell phone: 207 740 2247 (you may have to leave a message here, as well)
Texting usually can be responded to more quickly than a voice mail.