Parksville — For 40 years, Memories has stood next to Route 17 in Parksville.

Parksville — For 40 years, Memories has stood next to Route 17 in Parksville.

The store is just north of the traffic light on the highway, an unassuming light green building that looks deceptively small. From the outside, you can't tell it covers 28,500 square feet.

For decades, people from all over have made the point of stopping here to hunt for some one-of-a-kind thing for their homes. Now, Memories plans to move.

Where owner and head auctioneer Ken Saltzman will move the place is still up in the air.

He wants to sell the current building first. But Memories won't go far. It will either move a little farther north on Route 17, where Saltzman owns property, or maybe down to Liberty.

"At one time, we had a very big wholesale business," he said. "Now, it's almost all retail."

When you walk in the door, you are in another world, one bathed in the warm, spiced smells of wood and bayberry. The interior is packed with antique and reproduction furniture, Tiffany-style lamps, collectible dolls, chandeliers, vintage magazines, memorabilia and jewelry.

"We have soup to nuts, you name it," Saltzman proclaimed, Saltzman has had pretty much the same staff for the past 20 years. That includes his daughter, Denise Abramson. She's officially been an employee since 1987, but she really started out at the age of 7, sweeping the floors for her dad.

Memories has kept a lot of the same customers over the years, and now the store sells to those customers' kids, too.

The store started in a 30-by-60-foot space — which is in the center of the building, and now serves as auction space.

Saltzman is thinking 14,000 square feet for the new store — less than half the current space.

"We can adapt," he sais. "We can build it any size we want."

The challenge, of course, is what to do with all the stuff that packs the place, like the 400 or so solid oak and mahogany tables that just came in, or all of that wrought-iron patio and outdoor furniture.

Saltzman said he's putting things on sale as soon as they come in, to clear out inventory before the move.

There are more than 25,000 items for sale right now, Saltzman says. "I think it's 25,077," he added.

"Because we have so much inventory, people come from all over," Saltzman said. "Where else do you have 100 different mirrors?"