Today we’d like to introduce you to Chip Littlewood.
Hi Chip, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
St. Joseph Auction and Antiques Mart started out of a passion for antiques and the stories they told, a look at the past generations. We expanded our line to include antiques, collectibles, vintage, and timeless treasures. When COVID hit, we stayed true to our passion, however, we started outsourcing our auctions to full-time auctioneers.
We have expanded over the years to include 20,000 sq. ft. of antiques, collectibles, vintage, and timeless treasures. We have 84 different dealers with 84 different passions, all unique in their own ways. We offer a vast collection of different items, sure to please our customers.
We are different from most antique malls in that we are a clean, well-organized, uncluttered, and brightly lit antique mall. When customers walk through our door, we treat them as friends. We greatly appreciate them choosing us to spend some time with antiquing.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We started out with 6 booths. It was a challenge to make ends meet. We put a lot of hard work into clearing leftover trash and cleaning the large space we had.
The more we cleaned the more booths we could build. We continued that challenge building to what we have now with over 150 booths and showcases. COVID 19 hit us hard, as we were shut down for over 6 weeks. However, we have bounced back strong.
Now, we head into the unknown with high inflation, high pump prices, and less disposable income. Our intent is to ride out this storm as well as we can, till consumer confidence returns.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are a small business dealing with antiques, collectibles, vintage, and timeless treasures.
We are known for our clean, well-organized, uncluttered, and brightly lit antique mall where customers become friends. We are proud of our vast selections of merchandise.
We appreciate all who walk in our front door and appreciate all our dealers for their varied passions.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
We are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm with extended hours till 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. We are located just off I-29, exit 44, and three blocks north of Loves Truck Stop.
- Website: www.stjosephantiques.com
- Instagram: @stjosephantiques
- Facebook: @stjosephantiques
- Twitter: @stjosephantiques
- Youtube: @stjosephantiques
- Yelp: @stjosephantiques
Darren Sherman and Chip Littlewood