A new antique shop in Laceyville allows customers to take a walk down memory lane.
Memory Lane Antiques and Collectibles opened last Thursday on Main Street, taking over the storefront formerly known as Laceyville Thrift and Vintage.
Owners Heather and Russell Hodgson already own Simple Treasures Antiques and Gifts in Meshoppen, which opened in 2017. Both love Laceyville and decided to open a second store when they heard the space in town was for rent.
“We have had nothing but positive feedback and the dealers that have come to us that have wanted a booth, they are longtime antique dealers and we feel very fortunate to have them,” Heather Hogdson said.
At Memory Lane, customers can find “just a little of everything.” This includes furniture, pottery, old toys, books, glassware and more.
“Antiques, collectibles, primitives,” she said. “Each dealer has their own unique style.”
Local dealers involved with Memory Lane include Nancy Jayne, Mike Houser, Frank and Pat Wadas, Sandy LaCoe, Cassie Holley, Lynn and George Delano, Janet Chaffee and Matt Vinetti.
“We handpicked our dealers. We were very careful at picking,” Hodgson said. “We wanted a more unique style for the store.”
Houser, who has been dealing antiques for 26 years, comes to Memory Lane with a general mix, from primitives to mid-century modern to holiday antiques.
“There is a lack of antique shops in our area and people love buying and displaying antiques in their homes,” he said.
In Houser’s opinion, an antique store was needed in Laceyville.
“I think it’s perfect,” he said. “The dealers that we have here all have a following, so with the customers from each individual dealer coming together, I think it’s really going to create a shop with a lot of traffic and a lot of turnover.”
Before selling antiques in Meshoppen and now Laceyville, Russell participated in the Apple Wagon Antique Mall for 20 years and got his wife interested as well.
The character of antiques draws her in, as well as the nostalgia that they invoke in people.
“People go down memory lane. That’s the whole reason for the name,” she said, noting that seeing an old piece could transport a person back to their childhood.
Memory Lane Antiques and Collectibles is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays by chance. To find out if the store is open on a Sunday, call ahead at 570-240-1628.
The shop hosts a grand opening and open house with its dealers next weekend, Oct. 18 and 19 during normal business hours.
While Memory Lane isn’t included in the official listing, the Hodgsons plan to join other local businesses by offering special prize drawings and goodies over the weekend as part of “The Pumpkin Trail.” For more information, visit facebook.com/pumpkintrail.
“It has been wonderful,” she said. “It seems to be such a positive vibe in Laceyville and we’ve had a lot of good feedback on social media. It’s been a lot better than we ever expected.”