Hard to find but worth the search, Michelle’s Antiques Store is an independent shop serving the Mesa area for over 20 years ! A lovely Antiques and Vintage Shop with something for everyone. Follow us on Facebook for updates on our new location and grand opening date.
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The Buddy Lee Doll Collection all dolls are available for sale. My passion for Buddy is kind of new, and I search nationwide and rescue Buddys in need.
Take a magical tour of the past when you visit Michelle’s Antiques Vintage Collective. A curated shop filled with items from the past. Come find your past life at Michelle’s Antiques located in historic Mesa Arizona .. we are relocating our shop just down the road from our old haunt. Our new store front will be filled with a wide variety of Antiques and Vintage Collectibles we stock everything from Victorian to Mid Century Modern. We are your window to the past, with new items arriving daily. Look for our new Grand Opening at 418 N. Hunt Dr.
Located at the corner of University and Hunt in Mesa Arizona. Follow us on Facebook for updates ..
WE ARE ON THE MOVE!
After so many years 22 years to be exact, we are moving to a new location! I can hardly believe it, we have been part of the downtown scene since 1998. This move is not something I could have ever predicted. We have found a new location though and it is just 2 mileS east of our shop 418 N Hunt, located at the corner of University and Hunt, nearThe Fraser Fields Historic District.
The New Shop, ” Michelle’s Antiques Vintage Collective is in walking distance to the yummy Backyard Taco Restaurant a quaint place to enjoy lunch with friends.
Follow the sign I will be there waiting.
“Where Did They Go And Why Did They Leave?”
I was a seller in an Antique Mall for nearly 18 years. I enjoyed going to the store every few days, merchandising my many booths and adding new items I enjoyed talking to other sellers. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that remaining in that antique mall was not a smart business decision. I was paying way more in rent than I was netting every month, it was an expensive way to store my inventory. So I moved out and opened my own brick and mortar shop I also increased my online presence, Luckily for me I did ~ this Covid Shut Down Would have been my downfall .. We kept selling from our store while mall dealers were shut out. Owning your own shop has its merits.
Dealers who never change their merchandise, many malls need vendors to afford the rent and they are not as discriminating as they should be the vendor booths are poorly maintained and they are not merchandising their items, just crowd stuff on shelves and on the floor.
Dealers don’t research their items properly or do not have the knowledge : It’s amazing how many vendors put a high price on every item, label items vintage or antique when clearly they are not.
Inability to control image: In a Mall surrounded by other dealers/merchandise, the only area I had control over was my own. If someone beside me kept never changed out inventory or sold low quality items, this brought down the general atmosphere of the store.
Declining quality of merchandise sold in antique mall : My personal experience is that the level of merchandise available in many antique malls has been on the decline. If a mall owner is not vigilant in the quality of merchandise that dealers bring in the mall will lose foot traffic. When a mall owner is not willing to prohibit new items or or Goodwill type merchandise, this leads to a decline in quality of merchandise and overall is not good for anyone. Higher quality dealers get frustrated and move out looking for better selling venues.
The Economy: The covid shut down has hurt a lot of small business and Antique Malls are not immune . When the economy was shuttered dealers in malls could not access their merchandise they had no control, while independent antique shops could remain open for private shopping days, smaller shops have less square foot than big box malls, so their rent is more affordable and antique malls depend upon vendors to pay the rent. During the shut down landlords still want their rent, and many vendors opted to leave this can be pretty costly for the mall owners.