It all started September 1, 1981, when “Judy Ann’s Bargain Shoppe” was born in a small 800 sq. ft. building located in Grain Valley, Missouri. Outgrowing this location quickly, in February 1983, they moved to another location at 518 Main Street with 2000 sq. ft. In 1986 the name was then changed to Main Street Mall. After 5 expansions the mall grew to 6000 sq. ft. In 2010 Judy Perry purchased Bates City Antiques in Bates City, Missouri. Originally a feed store and produce stop for the locals about 70 years ago. It still has the country feel, however is now filled with wonderful reminders from the past.
The Bates City Antique Mall was established in 1997 and has over 60 vendors with a variety of treasures and several years of knowledge. One of our buildings is devoted to Modern Day and Vintage Treasures. There are always exciting finds and a large variety of items ranging from the very finest to the common which can be found for anyone’s collection.
The constant demand, however, comes with some changeable tastes on the part of the customer. Every week they are asked for something different. We help find the unusual for our customers. Our vendors are always traveling and buying all over the country to keep a large variety of different collectibles within the mall.
Some exciting finds for our collectors. Once a lady found a group photo of hardware employees and her grandfather. Another man found a picture of the Army platoon he was in. One of our customers came across a photograph of his grandparents, uncles, and aunts in a group picture of club officers dated 1947. A menu from a famous Kansas City restaurant that a customer's mother worked during the depression. A recent sale included an outhouse which was planned as a birthday gift. For sure unusual finds at Bates City Antiques. Not only private collections, we have also had items go to museums. We currently have 21 vendors who have been with us for 9 to 28 years in one location or another. We have a knowledgeable team of vendors and are truly known for our class and customer service.