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 (December 2017), our hours are necessarily limited because of the demands of Linda’s day job and managing our booth spaces in other shops.
- Saturdays – 10:00-4:30
- 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 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 if necessary, which would usually have to be early in the morning (any time after 6:00 a.m.!). Linda’s full-time “day” job often keeps me out until 8:30 or so at night, so evening appointments can be difficult.
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”). We expect to get our big sign up over the door soon.
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.
Scarborough – The Southern Maine Indoor Flea Market, 578 U S Route 1. (207) 229-4263. 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!
Westbrook – The Den of Antiquities, 1399 Bridgton Rd. (207) 650-3007.
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:
Sign up for our Weekly Specials by Text club! Just text us at 207 740 2247 with the message “HBM Weekly Specials” and you’ll receive a single text every Monday morning with info on book-related special good through Saturday of that week! (As of September 1st, 2017, we are no longer offering text specials for Heritage Collectibles.)
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.