Sponsor Spotlight - September 2020
An intriguing labyrinth of shopping delights awaits every retail explorer in this antique emporium that goes on… and on…
- Story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
An online reviewer shared a pleasant surprise after a visit to Antique Maison on Second Street in Old Town:
It’s bigger than it looks.
Indeed, once you get inside and start wandering around the expansive antique mall, you understand the reviewer’s point of view. Antique Maison is packed from front to back with a staggering variety of items offered by 38 vendors from the local area and beyond.
But even with all those great “finds” and treasures on display, the rooms and aisles are easy to maneuver. Manager Missy Geisel says the vendors come in weekly to update and refresh their booths, giving customers a reason to return sooner rather than later.
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That’s why Missy advises shoppers to give themselves enough time to take it all in.
In other words, she says, “Don’t arrive ten minutes before closing time” in order to truly appreciate the collections of books, jewelry, glassware, hats and clothing, new and old painted signs, pottery, vintage games, candles, furniture, and the whole back wall filled with cast iron cookware.
“There is so much to look at,” she says. “You really should allow plenty of time.”
And you’ll find something unique in an antique store: shoe soles, cookies and danishes, made by Pablo & Missy’s Bakery. Missy brings in the freshly baked goods every morning. She’s worked for Antique Maison owners Sylvia and Ed Young for eight years. The Youngs moved from New Orleans to the Bay and opened Antique Maison in 2007, and have built up a following of customers and vendors over the years.
Antique Maison is held in high regard by shoppers as well as sellers. There is a waiting list for vendors who want to set up in the popular venue. Missy said most of the vendors are from the local area and a few are shop owners from Magazine Street in New Orleans.
The merchandise at Antique Maison is competitively priced, ranging from a few dollars to hundreds for large pieces of furniture. Dealers even offer discounts during special events such as the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk and the annual Cruisin’ the Coast vintage car celebration which is coming up in early October.
Antique Maison is open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm. If you haven’t been shopping in a while, come inside and check things out. And be sure to give yourself enough time to take it all in.
111 N. Second St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520