When Maci McCurdy opened Magpie Market House 16 months ago, she never expected to love what she’s doing as much as she does.
“Before opening Magpie Market House, I had been running a custom metal sign business with my husband, Cameron, called Protek Designs. Because we did mostly custom, home decor pieces, we traveled extensively doing vintage markets all over the United States, and after a while I just got homesick,” said McCurdy.
McCurdy, who was born and raised in Marion, says she had always had it in the back of her mind that she would open a store, and so she took a leap of faith.
“And the business — it just bloomed. And it’s been such a fun ride so far,” said McCurdy.
McCurdy said the merchandise she sells is more on trend than a specific style.
“For instance, we just today got in the Magnolia Home Textiles line. So we have Joanna Gaines pillows, throws and rugs ranging from small to room-sized. And we’re the only vendor within a 100-mile radius. I try to bring things in that people haven’t seen before. I want the store to stay fresh and unique,” said McCurdy.
To do that, McCurdy still travels to wholesale markets one weekend a month. This allows her to keep a steady stream of goods flowing through the store and lets her bring trends to her customers up to a year or so before they might see those items somewhere else.
“The farmhouse style is really popular and a lot of what we sell, but I try to choose the pieces I bring to the store to transcend that style,” McCurdy said.
Magpie Market House also acts as a registry for weddings, baby showers, and other milestone events, but they ask you to call ahead for an appointment, so they can give you the time you need to make those decisions.
The store is located at 1300 E. Main St. in Marion, right next to the Williamson County Fairgrounds, and McCurdy couldn’t be happier with its location.
“Our location is wonderful. I love this building and its big front porch. I love being in downtown Marion. And I love the changes that are taking place downtown. That revitalization has been a long time coming. But it looks just great,” said McCurdy.
McCurdy’s location also got her thinking about another business: Magpie Market Days will take place from September 28 through 30 at the Williamson County Fairgrounds.
“It's kind of an upscale shopping event. We’ll have about 125 vendors carrying vintage, architectural salvage, repurposed items, handmade items, something for everyone.” McCurdy said.
Magpie Market Days will be accepting will be accepting vendors until end of June. McCurdy has a Facebook Page for the event and the application can be found there.
Magpie Market House is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. You can get in touch by calling 618-767-5341 or by messaging them through their Facebook page.