Merchant Square Antiques in Chandler offers a great vintage shopping experience

CHANDLER, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) — Merchant Square Antiques may be one of the greatest vintage shopping experiences in Arizona! As you stroll the aisles of the Chandler Antiques Mall, you’ll find classic antiques, mid-century furniture, nostalgic collectibles, and repurposed furniture.

Merchant Square Antiques may be one of the greatest vintage shopping experiences in Arizona!

The market square itself has been redesigned. The building near Warner and Chandler roads was first a Payless Cashways. Owner Mike Moore purchased the building in August 2001 with partners who intended to lease the building to an indoor skatepark. But, after the events of 9/11, as the economy plunged into recession due to fear and uncertainty, Mike found himself with a heavy mortgage and no tenants to occupy the building. With a little creativity, forethought and a bit of paint, Mike showcased 58,000 square feet of antiques and vintage items from over two hundred dealers. Today he celebrates 20 years in the business!

In 2015, Mike did it again when he bought items from the very first Safeway grocery store in Arizona and incorporated them into The American Way Smokehouse, a five-star restaurant inside the antique mall. In addition to mouth-watering smoked meats, artisan sandwiches, and delicious salads, this barbecue is home to a full bakery and an extensive line of bottled sodas. On the wall hangs a 7-Up sign that was transformed over fifty years ago into a sign for the original American Way Market at 10th Street and Pierce. There’s a 1949 Coke sign in an Idaho soda store. The handmade brick walls were from an egg hatchery in Tempe. The booths are from a 1950s country dance hall in Buckeye with counters from a pub in England.

Merchant Square is home to Highland Yard, a once-a-month boutique market with unique wares, clothing, home decor and vintage furniture.

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