New antique mall holds many treasures

Pat and Cece Eggings turned their hobby into a growing business. They moved Upsy Daisy Antiques and Gifts into Mutiny Bay Antique Mall along with many more antique dealers.  - Michaela  Marx Wheatley
Pat and Cece Eggings turned their hobby into a growing business. They moved Upsy Daisy Antiques and Gifts into Mutiny Bay Antique Mall along with many more antique dealers.
— image credit: Michaela Marx Wheatley

Replacing a cracked old drinking glass started it all.

It wasn’t just any old glass, but Depression-era glassware that had been passed down to Pat Egging from his mother.

The set was missing a few pieces.

“We just started looking. Now, we have completed the set,” said Cece Egging, Pat’s wife and co-owner of Mutiny Bay Antique Mall in Freeland.

Collecting antiques started as a hobby, but it has turned into a successful business for the couple.

“It has been a passion,” she said. “I like to find the unique.”

The Eggings have owned Upsy Daisy Antiques and Gifts in Freeland since 2004. The store’s old location soon wasn’t able to house all of its treasures, however.

“People kept telling me they needed a space to sell their stuff. There was an outcry for a mall,” Egging said.

So the idea for Mutiny Bay Antiques Mall was born.

Eighteen vendors sell their antiques at the new location on Main Street.

Of course, customers will still find everything Upsy Daisy has to offer as well.

In addition to the dealers currently in the store, the Eggings have a waiting list of more than 30 vendors interested in a spot at the antique mall.

“There was a need on the island, not just to purchase but to sell,” Eggings said.

One of her favorite things about the new store is variety. Having so many different vendors under one roof brings together a lot of different styles, ranging from Victorian collectables to 1950s memorabilia.

Another side effect of bringing dealers together in one venue is that people can tap into a pool of craftsmanship and antiques expertise.

“We have a lot of talented people here. They do great work restoring things,” Pat Eggings said.

The island’s rich history is a great resource for antique trading.

“People have been here for generations,” he said.

“Buyers want history.”

Cece Egging’s favorite piece is a card table from 1954. It has advertisements from South End businesses drawn on it. The table was used at the first Thursday Club, a card club started by local women.

“It just sold,” she said.

Eggings also loves a Victorian cruet set with a butler’s bell, a rare and unique piece. However, so many great pieces move through the store, it is hard to get attached to just one, she said.

The mall deals in collectibles, antique furniture, art, china, linens and more.

They even have a special feature for not-so-shopping-inclined men. The Men’s Mall has fishing poles, tools and other items to capture the eye of male shoppers, Eggings said.

“We’ve met people from all over the world since we opened the store,” Pat Eggings said. Visitors from Great Britain, Germany, Japan, China and many more countries have come to the store while vacationing on Whidbey Island.

Even though the store moved to its new location late last year, a grand opening event is planned for March 17 through 19.

The event will feature unique pieces from the mall’s dealers and will bring together antiques lovers and collectors.

The Eggings moved to South Whidbey 10 years ago. Cece Eggings grew up on the north end, but life took the couple to California. After they retired, the pair returned to Whidbey Island. Later, they opened Upsy Daisy.

“We were retired, but that didn’t last very long,” Pat Egging said.

“Yes, we were retired and bored,” Cece Eggings joked.

Bored no more.

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