Torrington’s Prime Time House will open a holiday store in Litchfield


LITCHFIELD – Prime Finds, a pop-up holiday shop offering a wide variety of gifts, opens this year at the Pilgrim Hall in Litchfield Lourdes.

Prime Time House benefits from the annual popup, which features donated items ranging from used furniture, homewares and vacation items. All proceeds are used to support mental health programs for adults with disabilities at Prime Time House. The site will be open from November 19 to December 30.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Father Don LaSalle and the opportunity to partner with this well-known community destination for our next pop-up store.” said Christina Emery, Executive Director. “The location provides a blank canvas, allowing the creative genius of our pop-up committee to create a warm and inviting shopping experience for our supporters.”

Ann Marie McDermott, who ran the shrine’s gift shop for more than 25 years, said she looked forward to welcoming people to Lourdes. “I hope they do well here,” she said.

According to Emery, heavy offers great accessibility, ample parking and is minutes from the center of Litchfield. Listed on the Connecticut Office of Tourism website, the site is a replica of the grotto of Lourdes in France, built with local fieldstones in a natural rocky ledge by two Montfort brothers, in 1958. Lourdes of Litchfield hosted individuals and groups for contemplative peace , prayer and reflection. Lourdes hosts the Blessing of Bicycles in May, the Blessing of Animals in October and its annual Living Nativity in December.

According to Emory, Prime Finds is run by a group of volunteers and is widely known for its high-quality second-hand furniture, home and vacation goods, attractively presented and reasonably priced. Last year’s popup took place at a cabin on Route 202 in Bantam; other locations have included the former Murphy’s Pharmacy on the Litchfield Green.

Torrington Savings Bank, the store’s lead sponsor, is joined by 28 others to support Prime Time House’s mission of empowering people to live healthy, independent and fulfilling lives.

High-end gently used, antique, vintage or new holiday homewares, furniture and decorations are now being collected for this year’s store. The next donation date is October 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at 561 South Main Street, Torrington, in storage space donated by event sponsors O&G Industries.

To make a donation, become a volunteer or sponsor this event, go to or contact Kathi Weinstein, Director of Development at [email protected].


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