Shoppers in Bay St. Louis got the chance to buy beautiful antique treasures with rich history Saturday at St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church. The church held a yard sale, and sold thousands of items from the church's old convent. The convent opened its doors in 1924 and closed in 1995.
Shopper Shawn Tusa found a truck load of stuff. She says some pieces may not look like much on the surface, but could turn out to be a whole lot more.
"I won't really know until I get some of the varnish and paint scrapped away, but it's always a treasure hunt," Tusa said.
"A lot of people have left here very happy with their finds. They can't believe they're walking home with a piece of history from Bay St. Louis," organizer Marsha Favre said.
That history dates back to the late 1920s. That's when nuns came to the convent from Germany to teach. Neither the building, nor the items inside, have been touched for years.
"It looked like someone had just left to go to the grocery and never came back. I mean everything was just left like it was," says Favre.
Organizers hope to raise enough money at the sale to refurbish the old convent and turn it into a parish hall.