Antique Maison Ulman
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
Nine years ago, Ed and Sylvia Young opened Antique Maison (111 North Second Street) near the intersection of Main Street and Second. The voluminous 7,000 square foot building is stuffed with antiques and collectibles. Featuring 30 plus vendors and over a dozen artists, it quickly became a must-see stop on the coast for antique and art addicts.
Corridors are lined with everything from vintage fishing lures and hand tools to crystal glassware and furniture. They wind back and around in a delightful maze, leaving customers wondering exactly where they entered. Sylvia Young jokes in a take-off on the Gilligan Island’s theme song that “shoppers come in for a three-hour tour and may get lost.”
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.
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.”