Featuring crafts that provide economic opportunities for the local community
Lotsa Memories: Antiques & More in Murphy was started in 2013 with a two-fold purpose: to provide a space for antiques and vintage items and to sell items produced by local unemployed and under-employed community members. Believing that every business owner can and must give something back to the community, after expenses, profits from Lotsa Memories are given to local charities in the area.
Lotsa Memories’ signature item is a “Second Chance Door Mat.” These individually made, hand-cut mats are produced from recycled tires. Tire doormats were popular in the 1950s but disappeared in the 1960s after radial tires came into use. Traditionally all black, today’s Second Chance mats are made with colored spacers. They are sized for practicality, fitting standard doors. Some custom sizes have also been made, on request. Other crafts available for purchase can include pottery, Native American crafts, quilts, and mountain folk art.
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Closed on holiday and in bad weather.