The Owensboro Antique Mall is closing, according to a Wednesday night Facebook post from owner Samuel Rafferty. He said he hopes to continue business into February 2023, but the plans could change.
The Owensboro Antique Mall was started in 1983 by Nashville businesswoman Eleanor Meade Waller. Rafferty said his mother rented a booth there around 1984, and he got his own booth there after college in the early 1990s.
In 2003, Rafferty purchased the business, which is located at 500 West 3rd Street.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting so many people locally and from out of state,” Rafferty said in the post. “We became a welcome center for Owensboro to refer visitors [to] other places to shop and dine.”
Rafferty continued, “I’ve owned the mall for 19 years. It has been a great ride but the time has come for us to bid farewell. We will be continuing in business into 2023. The plans may change but we hope to stay open into February 2023.”
Rafferty said there are many booths with discounts already, and asks shoppers to stop by and help liquidate the inventory.
Rafferty said some dealers are moving to other venues, and he will continue on with estate sales partnering with Black Sheep Antiques.
“My next dream is to open just an antique shop,” Rafferty wrote. “So at 53 you may see me again. Thanks for 39 years!”