Bailey Mercantile Colonial Shop is housed in a simple building on Highway 42 in Fuquay-Varina. If you are not looking for it, you might miss it. What a shame that would be. When Jim Bailey is not in his familiar canvas tent at black powder events, he is here in his shop creating handcrafted flintlocks.
Jim has been building flintlock rifles for thirty years; the quality of his work shows off this fact. His longrifles are beautiful, well-researched, wonderfully executed and a joy to hold and shoulder.
His favorite rifle to build is in the style of early Virginia- wider in the butt and not overly adorned with carving.
Now is a good time to contact Jim if you need a custom rifle. His delivery time is 3 to 4 months on a rifle.
Jim’s wife, Mary, is a seamstress of the first order; she specializes in Colonial and early American clothing. She has a variety of ready to buy clothing in the shop, but most of her work is custom made to fit the customer.
Bailey Mercantile has a good inventory of balls, bags, journeyman’s bags, Colonial clothing, un-worked horns, powder horns and the list goes on.
If you are in the area, call Jim and Mary to see their shop. Here is a link to their contact information- www.baileymercantilecolonialshop.com.