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Grand opening highlights new antique store in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — Monday morning marked a very big day for Lori’s Antiques and More, as the owner and St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated the shop’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments.

While the antique store had a soft opening last month, the grand opening was a very big day for owner Lori Thibeault, who searched long and hard for the right place at the right price.

Suzanne Desjardins and Felix Michaud explore the inventory at Lori’s Antiques & More during the grand opening Monday morning. (Morgan Mitchell | SJVT/FhF)

“I am very grateful for my ability to be able to open in Madawaska,” Thibeault said. “Thank God for Dave Morin who struck us a deal so I could open up and get started.”

Many of the items that she sells come from her purchases at estate sales which include furniture items, dishes, figurines, crystals, baskets, and more trinkets.

“I go to estate sales and it’s those items that draw me in to choose them, those that are indigenous to our area and have a story to tell,” Thibeault said.

Many other items are on consignment and sold by Thibeault for other people in the community.

“We have people in our own community that do folk art that I sell,” she said.

Thibeault said that antiquing is in her blood and that family members, including her father, aunts, and brother, are all “pickers”.

“I’m in love with antiques because I love history,” she said. “There’s history behind each piece, everything has a story.”

The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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