About Papa’s Thrift Shop

Once upon a time, Papa’s Thrift Store had its own storefront at 5 Park Street in Lewiston, but when we expanded Heritage Collectibles (which is located around the corner at 189 Main Street), we decided it made more sense to consolidate Papa’s into that other shop.

Of course, that meant figuring out what to do with our Low Income Voucher Program (see below), but we’ve found a solution to that, as well.

And the shop where Papa’s was located (at 5 Park Street) will soon become Heritage Books & Maps, giving John his own space for the kind of inventory that is his passion, and allowing Linda to pursue doing what she loves (which includes helping low income people).

If this seems confusing, keep reading… hopefully it will all make sense!

Papa’s Thrift Shop, with our Low Income Voucher Program, has made some changes to make the program work better for our customers (and for ourselves!).

We haven’t had the time to really work on soliciting the donations needed to keep the shop filled with items that can be given away, so last fall we also added in a lot of very cool products that we bought at auctions and other sales.  It made the shop wicked cute and fun!

However, that got confusing, since we had to say “Yes, this is part of the Voucher Program, but that isn’t”.  It just didn’t work out very well, but obviously we can’t give away inventory we’ve paid for.  We’d lose our shirts!  (Unless there’s someone out there willing to fund us so we become independently wealthy…. Nah.  That’s pretty unlikely to happen!)

Because we gave away a LOT of stuff last summer, our inventory for the Low Income Voucher Program had become pretty limited (although we still have quite a bit).  As a result, it made sense to move the Voucher Program inventory into a smaller space.

Luckily, that was easy to do.  We just moved Papa’s into a cute space inside Heritage Collectibles, our arts and antique shop that’s just around the corner at 189 Main Street in Lewiston.

Everything in the new Papa’s Thrift Shop is available for free to people with the Low Income Vouchers they can get from their social workers. (If your social worker doesn’t have any vouchers, or doesn’t know about the program, have him/her call Linda at 207 740 2247, or email me at Papa’sThriftShop@gmail.com.)

Also, we know that sometimes it’s really tough to afford furniture.  And we’ve heard that if you go to one of those rental places, you end up spending megabucks over the long run. That just makes it even harder for people who are low income, or whose kids with behavioral disabilities destroy the household furniture over and over.

So we’ve been able to tag some furniture that can be purchased at a significant discount (and our prices are already pretty low compared to similar shops).

Again, you’ll have to have a referral from a case manager or social worker, but that’s a small price to pay to be able to afford the basic things every home needs such as chairs, tables, dressers, and so forth.

Please be aware that we don’t always have everything or anything in stock that you might want, and that there are many items we can’t give a discount on.

In any event, take a look at the pictures posted here, which show just a few of the items available at Papa’s through the Low Income Voucher Program, and make an appointment to come on in!   PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT HAVING A CONFIRMED APPOINTMENT.  Thanks!


Location:  Papa’s Thrift Shop at 189 Main Street, Lewiston ME 04240 (there’s a special section of Heritage Collectibles reserved for Papa’s Thrift Shop and the Low Income Voucher Program).

Hours: Papa’s hours for February are as follows (although there almost certainly will be changes here and there, based on Linda’s job).

Mondays – 10:00-2:00
Tuesdays – 10:00-2:00
Wednesdays  closed
Thursdays – 10:00-2:00
Fridays – 10:00-2:00
Saturdays – 2:30-5:00
Sundays – 12:00-4:00

Contact us:
… Linda: 207 740 2247 or LSnyder@regroupbiz.com
Generic Email
… PapasThriftShop@gmail.com

Message re Our Products:
Most of the items we offer are pre-owned (although you’ll find some things still have tags on them).  Therefore, reasonable wear & tear is to be expected, and our items are given away as seen and as described in the photos and/or in person.