Walking through the doors of Magnolia Antiques you enter a world of the past, one that brings memories flooding back with each step. Corridors weave through 3000 feet lined with cases and shelves and furniture from another, simpler era. But you have to wonder, who’s the mastermind behind this magical array of collectibles and antiques?
There are actually four masterminds now. Glenda and Jack Schornick originally opened Magnolia Antiques in Old Town in 2007. Then in 2013, Schornick’s daughter, Shay Coss relocated from California and became part of daily operations.
The shop is located in a huge storefront at the corner of Main and Second Streets, one that housed a department store for over fifty years.
It’s still a department store of sorts. There’s the kitchenware department and the depression-glass department and the quirky-knick-knack department and the vintage-camera department. And then rows upon rows of items that could simply be categorized under a “Cool and Amazing Things” heading.
Magnolia Antiques boasts a large collection of playable ukuleles thanks to the keen eye of Glenda’s husband Jack. The store also features lots of mid-century modern pieces that their daughter Shay enjoys. It’s a family affair at Magnolia Antiques, which makes for a wide variety of finds — from furniture to jewelry and toys, antique coins and so much more.
Another unique find at Magnolia Antiques: Betty Steckman’s photography postcards from Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Schotnick recently bought all the postcards from Steckman’s family.
“To us, we represent the epitome of recycling,” says Glenda. “We have all that stuff you loved in your great-grandmother’s house, from pottery to kitchenware, from serious antiques to vintage and collectibles. “We don't focus on one particular thing. We have something for everyone from every time period. It may not be all vintage, but it’s all collectible.”