Antique Gallery of Colorado Springs Celebrates 28 Years

By Jon DeStefano
   The Antique Gallery, well known as Colorado Springs’ Oldest and Downtown’s Largest Antique Mall, is celebrating their 28th Anniversary this month. The Antique Gallery opened on May 21, 1991 at the Historic Ute 70 Theatre on Nevada Ave.
      In September 2000, Tina & Jason Carr bought the business. They saw an ad in the paper listing the business for sale. Tina said, “When the banker agreed to give us the money we decided to take the plunge.” Fast forward to May 2007, they bought a 10,000 square foot building just 4 blocks away and moved the entire business. Customers now enjoy flat floors, proper heat & air conditioning, separate bathrooms, and a real parking lot!
   When asked what the highlight has been for her since she’s been in business, she replied, “Every day. Every day our customers walk in happy because they’re looking for a treasure.”
   At the Antique Gallery shoppers will enjoy the ultimate antique experience. Browsing through the many booths, there’s something for everyone. The Antique Gallery is so full they boast, “We’re stuffed to perfection.” There are over 60 Dealers and 100 Consignors displaying a special mix of furniture pieces ranging from Early American ~ European ~ Primitive ~ Vintage ~ even some Shabby Chic and gently used pieces can be found. There are manly booths stocked with real guy stuff. – tools, military, mantiques, etc.
   The selections of American and European Pottery as well as all types of collectible glassware are very impressive and displayed beautifully. The Van Briggle Pottery selections are quite impressive! Wait until you see the booth stuffed with custom metal yard art ~ garden lovers are in for a real treat!
   Cases are stocked with beautiful jewelry selections ranging from Victorian pieces to sterling, turquoise pieces to fine gold pieces to vintage costume pieces. There are also great selections of timepieces including high-quality clocks and watches.
   The Library is stocked with vintage books and music. The Christmas Room was painted red by Tina’s mom, Kym, a few years back. Whether you collect antique postcards, toys, trucks/trains, old west artifacts, salt/pepper shakers, or are just looking for a great gift idea, stop in and browse. They also have a large selection of dolls. All the folks here are friendly and helpful.
   Jason opened a U-Haul business not long ago which is doing very nicely and attracts young people into the gallery where they are amazed and intrigued at the great collections of quality furniture and furnishings. They become fast customers. TheAntique Gallery also has a unique tenant who does flooring and design. They have a showroom and office and bring designers into the shop regularly.
   Tina is quick to point out that her quality dealers are the heart of her business and many have been with her a very long time. She concludes with reminding us not to forget the mom and pop shops and the people who bring the antique business to life.
   A long-time favorite of locals and tourists alike, the Antique Gallery consistently wins ‘Best Of’ awards by both local papers. You quickly understand their motto, Where You Find It. The other thing you will find at The Antique Gallery is two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, the owners, Tina and Jason Carr.
   Here is the pertinent information for the Antique Gallery: 117 South Wahsatch Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-633-6070 Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm Open Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm

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