Memory Lane Antiques & Collectibles will open on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the site of the former Laceyville Thrift & Vintage. Managers Russell and Heather Hodgson are excited about bringing a variety of vendors to 420 Main Street with years of experience dealing antiques in other shops and co-ops along the Bradford/Wyoming Counties Route 6 corridor.
“They’re well-known vendors who have been doing this for a long time,” Russ stated. Among them are antiques and primitives dealers like Lynn Delano, Mike Houser, Nancy Jayne, and Sandy LaCoe, as well as used book experts Frank and Pat Wadas.
Visitors can browse through items ranging from toys, dolls, early electronics, and gas station memorabilia to lighting, crocks, dishware, colored glass, vintage clothing, furniture and postcards.
The managers of a the previous shop had a good following and devoted clientele until health concerns took them away from the business, Russ noted. When he and Heather started thinking about branching out from their ventures in the Meshoppen area, they went to Laceyville with an open mind and were “impressed by how clean the streets were and by the landscaping.”
Memory Lane Antiques & Collectibles will be open from 10 to 5 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Interested readers may call 570-240-1628 to make sure the shop is open. Browse one day with friends and family, then circle back to purchase the items that caught their fancy as holiday gifts!
Vendors are already displaying vintage Christmas decorations along with Halloween and Thanksgiving ephemera. There are also dried flowers and other natural items available for do-it-yourself displays.
While the shop will have been open already for two weekends beginning Oct. 3, the Grand Opening for the co-op is slated for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, during the ‘Pumpkin Trail Days’ promotion, a collaboration of more than a dozen businesses in eastern Bradford, southwestern Susquehanna, and northwestern Wyoming counties. There will be goodies, drawings and prizes for patrons on those days.
Memory Lane Antiques & Collectibles is located across from the Wiser Choice Restaurant in Laceyville. The Hodgons look forward to working with other businesses and organizations in Laceyville to make their debut a positive experience for everyone. Look for specials and photos of new merchandise on the store’s Facebook page.
(Note that the shop was still in the process of being set up when these photos were taken on Sept. 29)