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Jewelry and other adornments dazzle at Lulu’s Treasures, a collectibles and antique shop on Main Street in Northampton.PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUN Jewelry and other adornments dazzle at Lulu’s Treasures, a collectibles and antique shop on Main Street in Northampton.PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUN
Coffee accessories and goods like these can be found at Lulu’s Treasures. Coffee accessories and goods like these can be found at Lulu’s Treasures.
PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUNTop: Vintage Cameoware dishes like these are the specialty at Lulu’s Treasures, a collectibles and antique shop on Main Street in Northampton. PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUNTop: Vintage Cameoware dishes like these are the specialty at Lulu’s Treasures, a collectibles and antique shop on Main Street in Northampton.
Far left: Eagles memorabilia and other sports collectibles pack the shelves of the Main Street shop. Far left: Eagles memorabilia and other sports collectibles pack the shelves of the Main Street shop.
Left: Beautiful Edgewood tea sets like this can be hard to find — but not in the Northampton antique shop. Left: Beautiful Edgewood tea sets like this can be hard to find — but not in the Northampton antique shop.

Lulu’s Treasures has unique items

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN Special to The Press in Local News

Main Street shop brings nostalgia to the borough

Lulu’s Treasures, 1841 Main St., Northampton, features antiques, collectibles and sports memorabilia.

The owner, Monica Walters, rented the store in June 2016, gave it a fresh coat of paint and a whole new look and opened her doors for business in the fall of that same year.

Lulu’s Treasures has a variety of items for purchase including crystal jewelry and vintage dishes and kitchenware, all from her own personal collection. She also has football keepsakes from various teams and many NASCAR items.

Walters has been collecting antiques for as long as she can remember. She always kept things sealed in their original boxes in mint condition in order to look back on one day. She was always researching the values of various vintage items and took classes over the years that taught her how to appraise based on qualities such as uniqueness and condition. She knew one day this passion would ultimately lead her to owning her own business selling antiques. She just needed to wait until it was the right time to make it happen.

“I decided to take an early retirement from Capital Blue Cross, where I had worked for over 30 years, in order to make my dream a reality. I always wanted to own an old-fashioned ice cream parlor/antique shop,” Walters said.

However, shortly after retiring, Walters’ mother fell ill and so she began to care for her. When the shop on Main Street became available, she decided to open a small shop and began dividing her time between operating Lulu’s Treasures and caring for her mother.

“Even though it turned out to be a not-so-ideal time in my life personally to pursue this new adventure, I can honestly say I have no regrets whatsoever. I’m finally doing what I have always dreamed of doing, although on a much smaller scale. I would have hated to not pursue it at all and then look back at my life with regrets,” Walters admitted.

The cartoon character Little Lulu was always a favorite of Walters. So when deciding on what name to give her shop, it seemed fitting to name it after Little Lulu. One item in the shop that’s not for sale is a very large Little Lulu poster that hangs right over her desk.

”My sister saw it and tried for months to purchase it, but the owner was reluctant to sell. It’s quite unique. But she was persistent. What better spot to hang it than right here at Lulu’s Treasures,” Walters said.

Because of the personal circumstances with Walters’ mother, Lulu’s Treasures currently does not have set hours of operation. The shop is open every day, almost always between 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. If you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for in her extensive personal collection, Walters also keeps a running list of things that people are seeking and keeps her eyes open for any requests.

If you wish to contact Walters at Lulu’s Treasures, call or text at 484-387-3899 or simply stop in and visit her on Main Street in Northampton.