by Sheryl Beadles, staff reporter
Billee May of Kirksville is the new owner of Lady Bug Trinkets and Treasures located south of Barry’s Carpets on Missouri Street (Highway 63) in Macon.
May fell in love with collecting as a little girl. She would visit her grandmother who would always let May buy something “pretty”. It was also her grandmother who helped influence what May collects more than anything else. Her grandmother had several sets of dishes and May also came to find an appreciation in different types of dishes.
“I like pretty things,” May said. She began dreaming of sharing this love of collectibles by owning her own shop many years ago. It wasn’t until the beginning of September that this dream became a reality.
May’s shop has a little bit of everything. There are dishes, pictures, dolls, furniture, wedding dresses and much more. Some of the items are antiques but many are not. May likes to try and help customers find items they are searching for. She attends auctions and goes to antique stores looking for other items for her store.
“We have lots of treasures. We’re always getting more in,” May stated.
She has passed her love of collecting to her daughter, Roxanne Howard, who helps at the shop. Howard said she likes the dolls and collects them herself. She finds collecting enjoyable.
When asked why she selected Macon, May said there were already approximately ten collectible-type shops in Kirksville. She also said she loves the location she found along the highway in Macon. There is plenty of parking and it’s a great visible location.
This is the first time May has owned a shop like this. She is very excited to help other collectors find that “special” collectible. She is also very excited to be a new addition to the Macon community.