Everybody ready for another Shop Tour? It's not really a shop as much as an antique mall, but it's a good one. It's one that seems to try and cater to the vintage modern collector. Bully for us!!!
Once again the STL is lucky enough to have another great place to get your vintage retro hunt
on. Yes, the Green Shag Market is still an antique mall and there are plenty of venders there
dealing in the common antique mall wares but there is a very nice percentage of sellers pushing
the Retro, Mid-Century, Danish Modern and the like.
I'm not gonna bore you with commentary on each individual picture or item. Let me just say
that there is good stuff to be had here. Actually there were lots of customers carrying out lots
of stuff while I was shooting these pics so some of what you are seeing here is just gone! I'm
sure it'll be replaced by even more good stuff though.
And prices? Well, you know me. I may be Mr. Modtomic but, I could just as easily be Mr.
Cheapo, it just doesn't have the same catchy ring to it...anyway, even I was compelled to bring
something home. You'll get to see that another day. It was a good weekend to be Mr.
The place is located on Manchester Blvd. (5733 to be exact, St. Louis, MO 63110 
646-8687) and is easy to find from either Hampton or Kingshighway, but it's closer to Hampton.
It's in an industrial area that hasn't been redeveloped so even though the building's facade has
a really cool subtle mid century look, you might not see it right away. If you pass it, turn around
and park it. You won't be sorry. Plus, we really have to try and support places like this. They
gotta make a buck to keep the (really cool and such a great idea) sliding front door open.
Holy cow...I took a lot of pictures! I've been through some of the largest antique malls in
Missouri and Illinois. Never have I felt the need to take so many pictures to show you. I
think this speaks volumes for what a buyer can expect here. Like I said before though, the
stuff was movin'. I'm expecting a high turnover here so dropping by while out "checking my
traps" should become a regular thing.
The Green Shag Market has only been open for a few months but almost all of the booth
spaces were occupied. I only saw one "booth" that was empty though it may be rented and
the seller just hasn't filled it yet (there was a ladder in there with a price tag on it).
The owners of the mall were putting the "hard sell" on Mr. Modtomic to rent a space and sell
his wares there. What do you think? Could the Mr. make a go of it in an antique mall? I let go
of a couple of items about every two weeks on craigslist, would I sell that much more in an
antique mall? Hmmm...
If I was ever gonna test my lil' wings and stick a toe outside my warm nest this is the antique
mall I'd probably want to set up in. It's got a good mix of antiques, vintage, vintage modern
and contemporary. The location might not get a lot of drive by walk in traffic (then again,
maybe it does...ain't like I took a poll) but the mall does have a good looking home page and
does make it's presence known on craigslist and facebook, whatever that is. It seems to be
Ok, I just gotta say something about the beer bottle swan. Awesome!