Focus: Scout Vintage

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2023 /

Writer: Cape Cod Life Publications

Bringing old world French charm to Dennis village.

Giving a nod to its name, Scout Vintage remains rooted in its antique origins, scouting for items in France and the United States. Yet, it is forging ahead into the future under new ownership; Annick Legault, an enthusiastically dedicated employee of Scout Vintage, is taking on a new role as owner of the French antique and home accessories shop. “I might bring in a few different things, but overall, the shop will still carry antiques, new items, and gifts. I love what Melissa did with Scout; the feel, the look, and the uniqueness make it a special place that reminds me of France.” 

As a French Canadian, Legault leverages a special relationship with French vendors. A native French speaker, Legault has developed connections when meeting merchants and she shows a great deal of gratitude to them for helping her bring the best pieces back to the States. “I felt so thankful and fortunate on my trip to France with Melissa this past Spring. All the people we met are kind, generous, helpful, and always open to sharing their knowledge. They opened their doors to us as we traveled to different regions and we had a fantastic time scouting for unique items! They took me under their wings and we keep in touch throughout the year. I am looking forward to seeing them again on my next trip!” 

After the store’s ten years in business, Legault has no plans to abandon the proven and successful approach Scout Vintage has established in the community. Her heritage will play into the future of Scout Vintage as Legault envisions enhancing the shop design with a more pronounced French flair. While preserving the familiar structural layout that clients have grown accustomed to, Legault aspires to infuse a greater essence of the products and styles she grew up with. 

Legault plans to embark on several trips abroad that will range from three weeks to a month, taking her across France and into Belgium, culminating in the shipment of large containers brimming with exciting finds. Navigating through this expansive region will enable her to find the unique items loyal Scout patrons have come to love and enjoy. This rich collection is the cornerstone to the store’s relationship with its returning clientele. 

“Every Spring, Scout Vintage reopens to a large group of patrons from all over New England who line up outside the store before we open the doors. They even take the day off work to come to our big reveals.” Legault says. A “big reveal” encompasses the presentation of the newly imported items that are meticulously selected. The store is stocked with new items, all displayed with Scout’s distinctive panache, awaiting excited patrons. 

While Scout Vintage propels itself into the future, Legault readily acknowledges the diligent contributions of Melissa Cox, the shop’s founder. Melissa has embarked on a new venture herself, Scout de France, a business that takes small groups to Paris and Provence to experience the culture firsthand. Scout Vintage wouldn’t be able to grow and thrive without an exceptional team of women—Kathleen, Barbara, Susan, and Marilyn—who adeptly oversee the daily operations of the bustling business and are part of what makes Scout Vintage such a wonderful place to explore! 

Scout Vintage will temporarily close its doors on September 2nd to prepare for its eagerly awaited grand reopening on September 14th. This anticipated event will showcase an array of discoveries from Legault’s recent trip abroad, alongside a collection of new retail offerings tailored for the upcoming season. Stay in touch with all the happenings of Scout Vintage through their Instagram (@scoutvintagecapecod) and Facebook page.


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