Rockmart's antique market is booming, and the city's downtown scene recently got a new kid on the block. With a home at 104 S. Marble St., Treasured Thriftique, LLC- Antique Mall is offering a vast selection of vintage, handcrafted, and homemade items from collectors and creators all over Rockmart and neighboring areas. Thriftique has been in business for several years, but owners Kristie and Mike Haynes recently moved into what was formerly J&L Discount in order to expand business.
Those looking to give one of the town's newest businesses a visit can stop by from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and the store is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Alongside the building switch, the Haynes brought a host of antique vendors to the new building. Thriftique is an antique mall that offers collectors booths to sell various vintage, primitive, refinished, or otherwise antique goods. With approximately 40 different vendors inside, the store is designed around variety and community involvement.
"Vendors sign contracts for about 3 months, and then they're free to set up shop inside our mall," Mike said. "About 60 percent or so of the goods have to be antique, primitive, handcrafted goods, and the remaining goods can be newly created items."
The mall is always accepting new sellers, but Thriftique is currently at capacity. Individuals interested in having their products sold in partnership with the Haynes can contact the duo at (404) 583-0272 to be placed on a booth waiting list.
"Vendors can always re-sign the contract after the 3 months and stay for as long as they keep signing- there's only open spots when we add space or a vendor decides to leave," Mike mentioned. "There are two standard booth sizes. The 10 by 10 booth is $125 a month and the 4 by 8 is $75 a month. Vendors decide their own prices."
Business began with the Haynes selling antiques out of their garage before the husband/wife team increased sales and started the mall.
“The idea to do an antique mall and give booths to vendors was my wife's idea- she's the brain of the operation." Mike said. "We had about 11 vendors at our old location, and our slots were about 90 percent filled before we even opened at this location."
Open since October, Thriftique has had a successful re-opening that shows no signs of slowing down.
"We still have the same cozy feeling. It's a lot bigger, but the place still feels like a home," Mike said.