By Dottie Dewberry
MABEN — If these walls could talk, one would hear the sounds of horses and wagons crunching in the gravel in front of the W.M. Shuffield office, which is over 100 years old, as they back up to the sack feed loading dock to get loaded up once again.
Maybe they would hear the gentile Southern voices of Miss Rachel Cooper or Mrs. Sally Boatman as they tallied the sacks of feed left in the room each night: one, two, three. … This was an everyday closing-time ritual. Whatever these walls could say, sadly, it is long gone and few remember those times.
Today, Mrs. Margaret Shuffield has undertaken to once again make these walls listen and someday talk about this new venture taking place in the year of our Lord, two thousand and fourteen.
Mrs. Margaret has cleaned up all of the rooms, even the vault; gone are other people’s stuff, and all is left is some of Margaret’s stuff.
She has plans to open her doors to vendors to bring their stuff and sell it, hopefully for a good profit.
Spaces are marked off in 8-by-8-foot sections; 20 spaces are available. She plans to be open Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday afternoon. Rental is $50 monthly. Vendors seeking space need to call 263-5160.
Each vendor is responsible for setting up his or her own space. Margaret says that space can be rented for antiques, collectibles, sports memorabilia, old metal signs, household furniture, toys, children’s clothing, vintage clothing, dishes or anything a person would want to sell. You bring it, you sell it.
She plans to be open during the spring and fall while it is cool.
Parking will be on the gravel cross street that connects Maben Bell-Schoolhouse Road with the Old Starkville Road.
Come be a part of the new voices for these old walls to hear and someday talk about what happened at the W.M. Shuffield Sr.’s Cotton Gin office during 2014.