Seattle developer Jesse Martin (left) with manager Heather Springstead (right) outside the storefront of the Winlock Antique Mall, a vendor-based business opened May 14 by Martin.
Local antique and objet d’art buffs have a new venue to find decorations for their homes as the Winlock Antique Hall has opened in downtown Winlock.
Located on the corner of First St. and Walnut St. at the old location of McKenzie’s Hair Salon, this new vendor-based shop was opened by Seattle developer and history enthusiast Jesse Martin, who purchased the building knowing full well about its history within the community.
“I love the historical hotel,” he said, stating he has found old photographs of the building after it was built in 1890 and before it was damaged in a fire in the 1920s.
While exploring some of the old artifacts within the building, Martin said he was able to find the cover of a vintage Victrola Talking Machine, and has been inspired to seek out and carry such record players as part of the theme of the store.
“For good karma, we’re always going to specialize in carrying a few of these,” said Martin.
Old instruments, furniture and collectibles are also part of the inventory, with Martin adding vendors can also bring newer items made themselves and not necessarily just antiques.
“The word antique mall is actually kind of an umbrella,” he said, pointing out several hand-made items within the store.
Right now, varying levels of vendor space are available for lease, with options for a display case starting at $50, floor space starting at $75, and an entire room starting at $125. Martin said those wanting to try out the store or simply looking for temporary sales can also rent space for just one day or for a weekend.
While the Winlock Antique Mall is currently open for business, they are also planning a grand opening event for the weekend of Egg Days, with more details to come. The Winlock Antique Mall is located at 100 SE First St. and those with questions can call (206) 214-6097.
Victrola Talking Machines are a specialty of the Winlock Antique Mall, as the cover from such a record player was found in the basement of the century-old building.
A variety of items, both new and old, are available for purchase, many on behalf of vendors leasing space in the store.
Musical instruments are among many of them items available throughout the store, such as this banjo, guitar, and upright bass.