The Certainty of the Local Dollar.

By G. Allen Clark   Guest Writer (

Let’s talk certainties.  Let’s talk about self-sufficiency and dependency.  Let’s talk about

Hi-res Kodachrome of downtown Colorado Springs...
Hi-res Kodachrome of downtown Colorado Springs, 1951. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

small business and Colorado Springs.  Specifically, let’s talk about the certainty of supporting the individual antique dealers who run small shops in all the local antique malls here in town. 

When the average antique shopper walks into one of the Antique Malls here in town, they tend to think of that mall as being “the antique store.”  In fact, that mall is a retail site that houses many antique stores or small businesses, each responsible for their own inventory, their own displays and their own advertising.  Your support of the mall equates to you supporting hundreds of small business owners.  This is a good, because that owner is the same small business owner who buys their groceries from where you work, pays for gas from your service station, which powers the cars and trucks that your son or uncle may have worked on.  The same owner who  collectively employs the staff that works behind the counter when you check out, who helps you load your antique purchase into your car, who later that night, will take their spouse and family out to eat in the local restaurant you own or work in. 

The antique mall you walk in to, be it The Antique Gallery, The Treasure Shoppe, American Classics, the American Indoor Flea Market, the Garage Sale or Willowstone, house over 800+ independent businesses combined.  That is a lot of small businesses, but that’s not counting the hundreds of other individual dealer’s countywide that make up this unique group of retailers.  800+ businesses that supply jobs to the local community.  All they ask is that you support them by purchasing your favorite antique or collectible from them, instead of only ordering from the Internet

From the income derived from your purchases, they will pay their taxes that will keep the roads clear and the schools open, they will educate their children in the schools where your son, daughter or granddaughter teaches, and all without extra shipping costs.  These owners buy the homes your family and friends worked hard to build and in doing so, they keep their dollars local.  They are not some outside multi-million dollar conglomerate with virtual offices, where income is a matter of international trade.  They are not the antiques that when you buy from their internet site, some person in India, Germany, Britain or China gets a little richer.  They believe in sharing the wealth and they believe it starts at home first. Support them and they will support you. 



As my wife and I are proud members of this independent small business community of antique dealers, we thank you all for your continued support and your patronage.  The next time you come in to one of our Mom & Me Vintage Linens & Lace stores; as our way of saying Thank You, pick up one of our permanent discount cards either at the Treasure Shoppe (space B4), American Classics (space B30 & B26) or American Indoor Flea Market (“Found Treasures” in space 301).  If you see us there, say hello.  Let us know how we’re doing.  We’d love to meet you.    



We purchase our vintage linens and lace from estate sales or from people who are downsizing.  People call us and we meet them – usually at their homes.  The conversations flow as we gather history on the items and occasionally the conversation turns to vintage or antique items other than linens.  Naturally, as people who love antiques and collectibles, we run across great deals that we can’t pass up.  (An allergic condition called collectoritis)  For example, my husband restores vintage furniture, so he is constantly on the lookout for items that fit our late 1800’s, early 1900’s Sewing parlor and Victorian format at the American Classics Antique Mall, space B26 & B30.  (Right under the Dick Clark Lane sign)  Take a look at that beautiful little Singer sewing machine and cabinet we have in space B26.

Occasionally however, he will run into furniture that is more towards that of the early 50’s to late 70’s, like our 1957 Singer Sewing Machine Desk, that once held a Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine.  It is Singer’s Hampton Court Mahogany series.  He wants to repurpose into a computer and writing desk.  It is so pretty with its deep red mahogany finish, we couldn’t let it sit in that old garage any longer.  We are going to put that into our Treasure Shoppe location.  Our industrial sewing cabinet with the Singer Mod 66 Red Eye machine is one my husband refers to as the Steam Punk model. You’ll also see that in The Treasure Shoppe.

English: View of Pikes Peak from the Universit...
English: View of Pikes Peak from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, sometime before 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Of course, we also run into great buys or things we just can’t pass up, but don’t fit into any of our sewing themes, but are simply great to have or have a lot of life left in them.  If the price is right, and we think they have a market, our collectoritis sets in and we buy them.  For those items, we opened a small store in the American Indoor Flea Market, space 301.  Items like our in perfect condition Commercial Hobart Meat Slicer that the hubby was going to make his own beef jerky from, or the humidifier that he purchased because it got too dry in the house during the winter.  He never jerked any beef (I just cracked myself up) and it’s still dry in the house.  Hurry up and buy the meat slicer before he knows it’s gone.  I priced it at half of what they go for on eBay.

Stop in any one or all of our Colorado Springs locations.  American Classics Marketplace is at 1815 N. Academy.  The Treasure Shoppe is at 324 E. Pikes Peak and the American Indoor Flea Market is 2727 Palmer Park Blvd.  You’ll have a great day of shopping and if you catch a bad case of collectoritis, don’t blame me.