New Orleans, LA
I was reminded of the axiom, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” when I walked into what I thought was a small antique shop on Magazine Street. In fact, Bush Antiques includes over 12 rooms of antiques, specializing in antique and reproduction beds. They even have beautiful courtyard with garden and architectural antiques. The second floor includes nine separate rooms! The owner, Allain Bush, showed me a fountain from the 1800s made of wonderfully colored tile in an adjacent room. Named after her mother, Margie Bush, Allain’s store dates back to 1969. Allain joined her mother in 1979 and the business moved to its present location. Allain described her mother as a person with a quirky sense of style, which, due to some of the interesting items found there today, is shared with her daughter. Most of the pieces in the store come from France, Buenos Aires, or New Orleans. Even with the decrease in tourism since Katrina, the Bush Antiques’ online business is booming, helping get the word out about all the new shipments of antiques. The Bush Antiques specializes in beds, French furniture and accessories, religious art, garden and architectural art, and some unusual pieces, too.
Some of the great items you can find include a room filled with religious items, everything from priest chasubles to genuflectors to tabernacles. Allain also showed me grand chateau doors tall as any high ceiling in New Orleans. Next she revealed a French console of gilded wood behind a folding chair. As you walk upstairs, one enters a whole other world of the past. Each room tells its own story with details from cards and cigars on a table to shoes by the bed. According to www.bushantiques.com the Bushes wanted to organize their store by “highlight[ing] items in vignettes.” By accomplishing this goal, Bush Antiques is a comfortable place to explore and shop. There is such care taken to make every room feel as a home. There is no doubt you will want to stop for some great New Orleans finds at Bush Antiques.