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"Art, pottery, and objects of interest" in downtown Ypsi
Hours: 5-8 pm - Friday and Saturday, of each month and by appointment
Bowerbird Mongo is something like the best yard sale ever, every weekend. Owners Ward Freeman and Joyce Ramsey so enjoyed collecting castoff treasures that they opened a storefront underneath their loft home to sell the excess. The store is named for the Australian bowerbird, which collects brightly colored objects to line its nest, and "mongo", a slang term for found treasures that have been thrown away by someone else.
From a review in the Ann Arbor News:
While their historic, three-story home in the heart of Ypsilanti's downtown has housed their growing collection of treasures for nearly six years, it spilled over to a business venture when they opened Bowerbird Mongo on the street level of their 130-year-old building nearly two years ago. When they first bought the building, they didn't know what they were going to do with the long-vacant 890-square-foot first floor.
"But I liked the idea of living above a business," Ramsey said. They began by placing a few pieces from their collection in the store window, and eventually opened Bowerbird Mongo.
The couple maintain day jobs, and run the store as a pasttime, so hours are limited.
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December 13, 2013. Bowerbird Mongo one of several Ypsilanti businesses featured during 17th annual holiday tour. MLive