New Main Street antique shop boasts one-of-a-kind bargains

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 24, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Bert Mullin opened Bert's Bargain Shop on July 12.

A new business has opened its doors on Main Street, offering everything from paintings of Jesus to skeleton clown figurines.

Bert’s Bargain Shop opened for business July 12, run by Bert Mullin, an antique connoisseur. Mullin had three booths of wares at the Cranberry Flea Market for ten years and recently decided it was time to move his hobby to a storefront.

The antiques shop, located at 187 Main Street, is the product of Mullin’s many trips to cleanouts and auctions. He cleans houses, particularly basements and attics, in exchange for items he finds.

Mullin said he usually hunts for “different stuff, stuff you don’t see every day.” He asks customers what items they like or are searching for and keeps a list of them: birdhouses, angel pictures, glass pot, fishing gear.

Mullin has help at the shop with his wife, daughter and 10-year-old grandson helping out. But although the store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Mullin refers to the store as a hobby, not his full-time job. He washes dishes at The Riverside Cafe next door.

“I tell people to have breakfast at the Riverside and then stop over here afterwards and take a peek,” Mullin said.

Today, Mullin has cassette tapes, VCRs, a typewriter and a few clothes in the store. But “next time you come in, it might look different," he said. He adds new items weekly and is also considering selling Donald Trump shirts based on a request from a customer.

Mullin's items are priced to sell and he is happy to help make things affordable.

"People don't have to go by the price on the item," Mullin said.

He plans on keeping the shop open for as long as it continues to make people happy.

“It’s like a bug once you start doing it,” Mullin said.

For more information, visit Bert's Bargain Shop on Facebook.

Mullin calls these birds "happy birds" and says they are currently one of his favorite things in the shop. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Mullin sells a wide array of items sourced from auctions and cleanouts. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Mullin says his wares are "priced to sell" and he enjoys bartering. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (9)
Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Jul 24, 2017 21:54

Barter, you say.  Well, I'll be seeing you, Bert.  Best of luck on the new store!



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 25, 2017 07:39

I'll have to check out Bert's shop.  I like to rummage through used stuff like this.  Dominic sells used stuff just like this at his Pawn Shop.  Why is this different?  Why is Dominic seen as the anti-christ and it's ok if used stuff is called antique?



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 25, 2017 08:14

Soon all the storefronts will be filled with such shops. This is what bump outs do to a downtown. Look at what happened to Buzzards bay and their bump outs. There is still time to save downtown but we must embrace the Mighty Quahog.  Swans and oysters will only provide false hope. Stop the demise and become one with the Quahog before its too late!



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 25, 2017 08:48

I'll have to check out Bert's shop.  I like to rummage through used stuff like this.  Dominic sells used stuff just like this at his Pawn Shop.  Why is this different?  Why is Dominic seen as the anti-christ and it's ok if used stuff is called antique?



Posted by: 181mph | Jul 25, 2017 12:35

it's called cranberry politics



Posted by: Bluebell3333 | Jul 26, 2017 09:12

Has anyone noticed that all of the 'junk' antiques stores have left Buzzards Bay and moved into our town. Bourne clamped down on them after becoming known as junk store alley.  Bourne came together as a community and has begun a massive campaign to reinvent their downtown. There is a new 5 story hotel being built, a new improved park with pavilion, splash pad and other beautiful things is being built at the foot of the Railroad Bridge. They have also enforced the building codes and had several main street buildings torn down that were not cared for. Permitting and design plans are underway for a second hotel and retail complex.

Maybe it's time for us to look a little bit at better things for our town instead of continuing to be the red headed stepchild of the region.



Posted by: Randall Stephens | Jul 27, 2017 07:00

A working business on Main Street still looks better than a empty building on Main Street ! I am a fan of an indoor yard sale !



Posted by: Phredzzz | Jul 27, 2017 16:07

Free Enterprise at its best. Good for you Bert, and I wish you nothing but success !!



Posted by: SammieJfive | Jul 27, 2017 16:21

Love a family business! Congratulations to Bert Mullin and his family. I will certainly check it out, when I'm in the area. Does Mr. Mullin also buy antiques? Just cleaned out my Mom's family homestead in PA. The problem I found with the pawn shop is that it is very small and unorganized. Brought some things in to sell, including diamonds, and was given rock bottom prices. I understand the pawn business, but the owner seemed to think I was stupid, and not aware of what I had.



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