by: PHOTO COURTESY: MAIN STREET OC - Maizee Mae's takes items on consignment and offers full restoration and repair. Entrepreneur Cristy Rein is introducing an assortment of true antiques — furniture, porcelain, pottery, glass, clocks and home accessories — to Oregon City with a new antique shop downtown.

Maizee Mae’s Antiques and Treasures is open at 714 Main St. in 1,000 square feet of the historic Petzold Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and across from the Masonic Lodge. The store is named after Rein’s first English bulldog.

“The name conveys a sassy Southern manner — and that just fits,” she said.

Rein has been an antiques dealer for more than 30 years. She opened her first space on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Foster Road in 1982 and has been part of several well-known antique malls in the Portland area, including the Lafayette School House Antique Mall.

“I love antiques, the history they bring, and the treasure hunt,” Rein said. “I finally decided to open my own shop in my community. Antiques speak of days gone by and gives us a glimpse of how people lived 100 years ago.”

One of her favorite pieces was a 200-year-old plate made of English porcelain: “Think of how many hands, people and even moves that piece survived — all without a chip or crack.”

Rein is a treasurer hunter always on the lookout for new pieces and the story behind them. One unique item for sale in her shop is a working 1924 Victrola (a wind-up phonograph). In order to turn up the volume you simply open the door wider, there’s no knob to turn.

“Downtown Oregon City is growing as a marketplace for entrepreneurs and unique small businesses,” said Lloyd Purdy, director of the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City.

Maizee Mae’s is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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