Yesterday Antiques in Courtland closes

Published 11:03 am Monday, January 31, 2011

Diane Midyette waits on Arel Taylor at Yesterday Antiques on Highway 58 in Courtland. Midyette closed the business on Saturday.


COURTLAND—Yesterday Antiques on Highway 58 in Courtland closed for good Saturday.

A new tenant plans to open a craft store there on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Diane Midyette of Holland opened Yesterday Antiques 2½ years ago. Midyette was among five people who prior to that had opened Courtland Antiques and Collectibles next door to Yesterday Antiques.

“When this (building) come open, I decided to rent this,” Midyette said. “I had so much stuff; I just needed to get rid of a lot of it.”

A lack of business was not the reason for closing Yesterday Antiques.

“My help quit on me in December, and I just don’t want to be tied down anymore,” Midyette said. “Not every weekend.”

On average Yesterday Antiques saws 15 customers per day. After advertising its closure, the store received closer to 30 to 40 customers a day.

“I’m almost 70-years old,” Midyette said. “I haven’t seen a grandbaby in almost a year and a half — that’s going to be my first priority.”

Anything Midyette did not sell she took with her.

“I’ve got space next door, and I’ve got space in Virginia Beach,” she said.

Becky Hayes purchased the store from Midyette. According to Midyette, Hayes plans to open Doohickeys on Feb. 12. The store will feature crafts, vintage items, photos, graphics and gifts.