Antique Maison Ulman
Ed and Sylvia Young own two of the best-known antique malls on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but they're not resting on their laurels. Last year at the Ulman Street location, they opened the first Tea Room in Hancock County. And starting in June, they'll host monthly Saturday night auctions.
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
In 2014, the Youngs opened a second location a few blocks away on Ulman Avenue (317 Ulman Ave). Not to be outdone, the new space is nearly as large as the first. The Ulman store focuses on home, garden and patio décor, and “shabby chic” furnishings.
Antique Maison Ulman is also home to Bay St. Louis’s first Tea Room. Its vintage china and floral tablecloths set the scene for lunch and tea Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-2pm. The menu includes homemade sandwiches, soups and sweets - and of course, freshly brewed tea. Sip and reminisce about Sunday afternoons at Grandma's house or enjoy a cup of coffee on the beautiful back patio. The tearoom is also available for private parties, bridal showers and other special occasions.
The Ulman avenue location will soon be the home to another Bay St. Louis “first.” Beginning June 6th, auctions will be held in the Quanset hut attached to the main building. This vast protected, yet open-air venue has plenty of room for both merchandise and folks who are looking to purchase or some fun family excitement.
The auctions are being managed by TNT Auctions of Long Beach and the auctioneer is Tammy Brady (license #1435). Tiffany Seager is part owner of TNT and is excited about the new venture.
Seager says the auctions will begin at 6pm the first Saturday of every month (the exception is July, because of the holiday. It'll be held on Second Saturday for July only). The Quanset hut will open at 4pm for preview. Although the Tea Room won’t be open, the Youngs will be offering a limited menu with snacks, sandwiches and beverages. Attendance is free, as is getting a number that will allow you to bid. All ages are welcome, although bidders must be 18 or older. Throughout the evening, drawings will be held for raffle prizes.
Seager says that everything from fine antiques to fun knick-knacks will be offered up during the auction, so the event should appeal to a wide variety of people. Dealers are welcome to consign merchandise to auction off, but must make arrangements to drop off their items at Antique Maison Ulman a week before the auction. After the auction, buyers will have two days to pick up their merchandise.
“Auctions are a wonderful way to meet new people and an opportunity for savvy collectors to pick up great bargains,” Seager says. “It’s also a fun spectator sport for the whole family.”