More than a store: Owner of ‘Junk Shop’ honors wife with collectibles

Jim Rodgers likes to stand out in front of the collectibles store he runs on Route 4 in Epsom and wave to passersby. It helps him keep busy and keep the memory of his wife alive. His wife Carol ran “The Junk Shop” just east of the traffic circle for more than 30 years, and Rodgers keeps it going in her memory.

“Yeah, her memory and my sanity,” Rodgers quipped.

It also keeps him busy. He runs the tiny shop crammed with knick-knack items of every description until the first plowable snow. The Penacook resident has kept the store the same, except he added “collectibles” to the name even though people traveled from all around the region to come see Carol at “The Junk Shop.”

His wife started collecting jugs at first and it all grew from there. Rodgers even has more items at his home. But his hallmark now is waving from in front of store to the people traveling on Route 4.

“I wave and some wave back, and others wave first.”

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