According to Andrew Thrash, antiques should never stay stuck in the past. The General Manager of Montgomery Antiques & Interiors (MAI) loves the “strong statement” items of yesterday’s decor can make and loves showing MAI customers how to pick a perfect piece for their homes.
What are the duties of your job? As General Manger, I oversee both MAI locations and handle all day-to-day aspects of employee management, vendor management, marketing and bookkeeping.
When did you first get interested in antiques? I honestly just grew into it. I started at MAI my senior year of college, working as a weekend porter moving furniture. After graduating and through grad school, I just grew to love antiques and the store. Before I knew it, I had just gradually risen to the top job.
Do you have a favorite style or time period when it comes to antiques? I am really fond of the carved oak pieces, both English and French styles. There is just so much warmth and character in them, and they mix very well with modern furniture and styles.
What, in your opinion, makes antiques special and worth preserving? They are such character-filled statement pieces that surprisingly mix with just about any modern style. Most pieces can be reworked from their original purpose to something that fits your needs. I have a really cool carved cabinet that I have made into a bar, and it is probably the most talked about piece when I have friends over.
What do you love most about your job? The creativity to not only constantly change up the store but to help my customers find those special pieces that they need to complete their homes.
What are your interests outside of work? I don’t have much free time available, but when I do, I love to spend time with family and close friends. My main interests are working out at the gym, playing in a kickball league with friends, and then hanging with my child/rescued pit bull, Tyse.
Event in Bloom MAI just hosted the inaugural Camellia Antiques & Interiors show back in March. This was a huge expo-style event with antique vendors and interior designers from across the state and the Southeast. It was to benefit the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and is something we hope to grow and continue as either an annual or biannual event.