10 years ago, Renee Poole, a local and successful estate liquidator opened up a 12,000 sq ft estate liquidation warehouse with her daughter, Jessica Poole in the old industrial part of down town – adjacent to the Arts District. We felt good about down town and felt the excitement that was happening at that time. A two-story massive endeavor, Not Just Antiques Mart, slowly filled up with wonderful estates and consignments and remains the only such vintage store in Las Vegas. Renee laughs at how big 12,000 sq ft looked in an empty old warehouse when she first opened the doors – and how she is now clamoring for more space to put the precious items people bring in. Jessica describes the store as vintage –modern and wishes even more younger people would come in to see the unique items up for sale. “This ain’t your Gramma’s antique store!” They sell known brands for much less than department stores – items such as Waterford, Lladro, Lenox, Fenton and more . There is furniture dating from the early 1800’s through the mid-century era – to repurposed, one of a kind painted items that is so popular today. Every inch of the Mart is filled with special collections in themed rooms to help make shopping easy and more fun.
They have become well known locally for the “go to” to help people determine if their items are trash or treasure! People come with dozens of bins crammed with their grammas’ stuff – and even truck loads full – to get the gals to determine if it is worth anything. The women sift through it and keep the valuables to put on the sales floor. People come into the store to have their items valued and sold. It is interesting to see what someone thinks has value and to hear the stories that are attached to items that have been passed down – most of them, usually being untrue and embellished. On the flip side-the item that someone is ready to discard thinking it has no value and turns out to be valuable is always a hoot! The clients feel good knowing we have not thrown away something that has value and would rather “leave it to the experts” You will find their back area is usually cluttered with bins and boxes of items we have to go through.
They made it through the recession where many other stores in Vegas closed. Project Neon (the new freeway expansion) has acquired almost all her neighbors and they will be one of the only businesses remaining on the historic Western Avenue. Forever expanding, they began holding auctions last winter and expect to start them up again in February. “It’s a little scary to think what all the construction may bring but we are taking it one day at a time” Renee states “ and right now we are thrilled to celebrate 10 years and are going to celebrate with huge sale events!”
This one of a kind estate liquidation warehouse is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM and is located at 1422 Western Avenue, 89102 – (near Oakey). For Info call (702) 384-4922 or visit www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com