Couple brings 'Joyful Things' to Blackstone's Main Street

Couple brings 'Joyful Things' to Blackstone's Main Street

Owners Joy and Jamie Demers show off the many treasures shoppers can find at Joyful Things. (Valley Breeze photo by Sandy Seoane)

BLACKSTONE - When you first walk into Joyful Things at 63 Main St., it's a challenge to get your eyes to focus on a single item in the store.

Bicycles, vintage goods, signs, toys and glassware hang from every wall and occupy every spare inch of space along shelves. Primitive furniture pieces are covered with bottles of potions and elixirs from days gone by, and jewelry, china and newspaper flower bouquets compete for the creative shopper's attention.

Joyful Things is a antiques shop that delivers all that a part-time treasure-hunter might hope to find. The shop is filled to the brim with oddities, collectibles and endless sights for the eyes.

Owners Joy and Jamie Demers opened the store at 63 Main St. toward the end of last year, branching out after years of selling their wares out of Bernet Antiques in Uxbridge.

"We look for stuff that's more unusual and not common," explained Joy.

Looking for a movie poster from 1954 cult favorite "Creature from the Black Lagoon?" They've got it here. How about a Bottle Buddy High Chair Bottle Holder from the 1940s? Sure! Hunting for a vintage bowling pin or a Budweiser can filled with golf balls, you say? Well, right this way.

Shoppers can sift through a massive collection of PEZ dispensers, or browse some antique "crib toys" no sane mother would place anywhere near her sleeping child.

The store specializes in giving such oddities new life, and Joy and Jamie, who have a longtime passion for antiques, work to restore and repurpose their finds.

A unique collection in their massive stock of treasures includes items you might have found in a country store during the early part of the 20th century. Their favorite is a "revolving bolt and screw case," a floor cabinet from the early 1900s with 96 small drawers, each marked with a different size and length.

"It was made to hold screws and nails, so it was built to hold a lot of weight," said Joy. The cabinet is the most expensive item in the store, priced around $3,500.

Items like their vintage bicycles have been big sellers, but the store attracts collectors of many stripes.

"Probably the biggest thing people like are the porcelain signs," Joy said.

Joyful Things is open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m.