CHAMBLEE, Ga.—Jimmy Carter was president; militant Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Teheran taking 52 Americans hostage; oil shortages led to long lines at gas stations; there was a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility; the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan; and the Broad Street Antique Mall opened for business. The year was 1979 and the concept of providing one-stop shopping for antiques, using the multi-dealer mall model was still unproven. In the summer of 1979, with eight dealers, Broad Street Antique Mall opened in a 6,000 square foot industrial warehouse in Chamblee’s Antique District. The mall now boasts 20,000 square feet of antiques with over 200 showcases of vintage collectibles.
Quality merchandise, reasonable prices and a great core of long term dealers (many have exhibited in the mall for over 20 years), has helped the Broad Street Antique Mall survive four recessions and thrive for three decades despite competition from eBay and the multitude of Internet sites selling antiques.
To celebrate the 30-year milestone, Broad Street Antique Mall will have a huge summer-long sale. “We want to show our customers our appreciation for their support over the years, so this will be our biggest sale ever,” according to mall owner Syl Turner. “This will be a store-wide sale with most items 20 to 30 percent off or more.”
The sale will begin Monday, June 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 30. In addition, refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for free gift certificates. “Also, to commemorate our first 30 years, we have prepared a booklet listing 30 tips for successful antique shopping, which we are providing free to all mall visitors,” Turner added.
The Broad Street Antique Mall is located at 3550 Broad Street, in Chamblee Ga., and is open 7 days a week. For additional information call 770-458-6316 or visit www.BroadStreetAntiqueMall.com.