Kansas City's River Market Antique Mall: Full of Unique, Fun and Funky Items

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the economy struggling to improve, many local businesses have seen their profits dip. But business is booming at the River Market Antique Mall at 115 West 5 th Street in the historic river market area in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The store is made up of four floors and 30,000 square feet of unique and interesting items for shoppers in search of bargains. It was also voted "Best Antique Shop in KC" by readers of The Pitch Weekly.

Todd Brezinka has worked at the store for several years. He said, "You can buy absolutely anything here that you're looking for…collectibles to fill your kitchen or fill your living room. "

The building that houses the River Market Antique Mall was built back in 1902 and was once a furniture company. Before that – circus posters were printed there. 

Mel Mallin of Mallin/Gibson Family LP purchased the building in the 1990's as part of his plan to revitalize the area. Since then he's renovated several nearby buildings and made them into lofts.

Business at the antique mall has grown over the past few years because buyers can find well-made treasures at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, reusing antiques keeps those items out of landfills.

"It's actually quite nice to see young people trying to recycle," said Brezinka. He says some of the most sought-after items include barber shop chairs, industrial items, artwork and clothing.

With over 165 dealers, the River Market Antique Mall has something for everyone at every price range. The store is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p. m. Layaway and delivery is also available. For more information visit antiquemall@kc.rr.com .

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