Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mississippi Antique Galleria officially open for business


GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – It might take some leg power, but Rich Jackson’s car can still sew.

And it can still be sold.

“Based on the serial number, it was made in 1910,” he said. “And it works.”

This sewing machine is one of Jackson’s favorite items, but there’s more. You name it, he sells it — and the Mississippi Antique Gallery is the place to do it.

“I believe it will rise. I like the building, the people that are here, because I’ve been in other places and that’s what I like.”

After years of setbacks and delays, the gallery is now officially ready for business.

Salesperson Pat Pennell’s specialty is building and refinishing furniture. She, too, is impressed with this space.

“I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It’s all high quality stuff. It’s not your garage sale stuff, but it’s a real antique center.”

The mall has been open for about three weeks, but Saturday was the grand opening.

Catherine Bennett, co-manager and creative director: “You’ve spent almost three years waiting for us to open,” said co-manager and creative director Catherine Bennett. “But we are here. We are open and very excited for you to come and shop. We have everything you can imagine. There is so much space and there are so many hidden treasures.”

This is exactly what the buyer Dhiana Skrmetti wants.

“We love to thrift and we love to find only unique items,” she said. “And that’s why we stopped by to see what they have to offer here.”

Shopper Ali Aldrich is doing her part to spread the word.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “I really do. Actually, I’ve already talked to some friends of mine in Baton Rouge who want to go antique and stuff and they’re going to come and check it out after Christmas.

Phase 2 of the mall will be in February and March. When completed, it will have 50,000 square feet of space and room for 400 vendors.

The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 10-18 and Sunday afternoon-17

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