I can thank my Mom and Dad for my love and appreciation for antiques. Growing up, they frequently brought me along while antique shopping. When I bought my first home, I used my Dad’s pickup to bring home my new finds. It was then when he first taught me to refinish furniture.
Antique shopping is in my blood, and I have always found my best treasures on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. One of my favorite pastimes is window-shopping at The Tangerine Shop, formerly known as America’s Past Antiques.
Annette May, owner of The Tangerine Shop, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Many years ago, after also living in Connecticut and Long Island, she purchased a summer residence in Rock Hall, and in 1988, she made it her permanent home.
Annette’s interest in antiques most likely began during the brief time she lived in Connecticut, where she developed an appreciation for the wonderful early American antiques found in the many shops throughout the state. While holding tightly to her little boy’s hand, she loved to browse the shops and admire the old New England style cupboards, tables, chairs, and hand-woven rugs.
In 2004, Annette opened America’s Past Antiques on the corner of Main and Sharp Streets. Dealers were quick to fill up the small space. Antiques Road Show was all the rage at the time, helping to spread an appreciation for antiques. Then, in 2008, America’s Past moved to Rock Hall Avenue where it remained until this past fall. Today, The Tangerine Shop is located at 102 Rock Hall Village.
More than anything, Annette loves the people she comes in contact with through the years in the shop. Movie stars, civil war re-enactors looking for artifacts, locals, and Rock Hall visitors - her customers are very diverse and interesting.
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