Visit: Wild Bill’s Nostalgia {Middletown, Connecticut}

by Cate on May 18, 2017

Wild Bill’s Nostalgia in Middletown, Connecticut is a quirky, eclectic must-stop for any collector of the weird or the wonderful, or lover of the 70s.
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A friend and I were in Connecticut last Saturday morning, and discovered Wild Bill’s. If you happen to follow me on snapchat (I’m cateomalley there), you know I had a hard time tearing myself away because it’s pretty much a photographer’s dream … and, well, heaven if you’re a collector too.

I found Wild Bill’s by googling “fun things to do in Hartford,” and it popped up. After reading a few reviews, and seeing it was on our way home, we decided to stop. Judging by the descriptions, I knew we wouldn’t have a hard time finding it, and I was right. As we pulled into the large parking lot, they were just opening up and I couldn’t wait to go inside.

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Sitting on 45 acres of property, there are a few different buildings. The main building on the left is the nostalgia center and is seriously crammed from floor to ceiling with an eclectic mix of both new and collectible items from seemingly every generation. Old vending machines to Donald Trump bobble heads, movie posters and pins, t-shirts, lunuch boxes, games, and so much more. Whether it’s a new item or a piece of history, everything seemed very reasonably priced, and I think you’d be hard pressed to walk out of there empty-handed.

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The cashier who helped us was, I think, Wild Bill’s daughter, and since his untimely death last month, she has taken over running the place. She was friendly and answered our questions easily. I wish we could have met him; from what I’ve heard about him and from those that have visited, he seemed like quite a trip.

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There is also a pretty awesome haunted house on the property. It is not currently open, and looks like it needs some repairs. From a few posts I saw, it looks like Wild Bill’s daughter is trying to figure out how to move forward with the property, but that she does definitely want to. There is also a record shop next door, and that was open. As soon as you walk in, you are quickly transported into the 70s, with tie-dye and the smell of incense wafting through the air.

If you find yourself in the area, do check it out.

Wild Bills Nostalgia
1003 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 635-1226
Hours: 10am-6pm 7 days a week

Hungry for more things to do in Connecticut?

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is a favorite, and we actually just booked an overnight event there for the Fall.

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