Shop For Your Wants And Wishes On Main Street

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Wants often become passions. When you can parlay that passion in to a living, you have hit pay dirt.

That is what Linda Lessard, owner of the newest antique/collectible store, aptly named, Wants and Wishes, in Payson.
Antiquing has always been Lessard's passion. "It has been a dream of mine to someday go into owning my own antique store, going into business myself," she said. "I have been into this for years - we are talking the past 15 to 20 years."

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From comical critter knickknacks to one-of-a-kind antiques, customers will find treasures around every corner at Wants and Wishes, located at the west end of Main Street.

Lessard kept antiques on consignment in stores in Payson in Pine.

"I started dabbling in it and thought I should just go into this on my own and the opportunity just came about," she said.

At Wants and Wishes, you will find a variety of giftware, antiques, clothes and collectibles -- all set in the atmosphere of the 1915 home.

Lessard was thrilled to find an old home.

"We were lucky enough to find the historic house on Main Street built by Jesse and Lena Chilson in 1915," Lessard said. "The house was in very good condition and we added our own touches like wallpaper painting. It's the charm of Main Street."

The historic house with a country setting has a living room, dining room, huge back porch, two bedrooms and a bathroom all of which are being used to showcase antiques, collectibles and knickknacks.

Lessard hopes her customers will find those special items on their wish lists.

"Our slogan is ‘when the ordinary simply will not do,'" she said. "There is nothing ordinary or predictable about this store. The name was perfect because of our large variety of merchandise."

Keeping that large supply, Wants and Wishes includes many dealers and aficionados of the antique trade, including former shops The Cottage and The Red Door.

While the store opened Jan. 19, the official Grand Opening Celebration is set for Valentine's Day, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments, balloons and gift certificate drawings will be held.

If you miss the celebration, be sure to stop in during normal business hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"We have new merchandise arriving everyday, a lot of it comes from auctions, estate sales, and new merchandise is ordered. We have a little bit of everything."

Call Wants and Wishes at (928) 468-8767.

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