Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Fort Oglethorpe’s Once in a Blue Moon Antique Mall and Auction House showcases 120 vendors.
The mall hosts auctions the first Saturday monthly, but every day the mall sells bargains to vintage hunting shoppers.
“We have a lot of vintage vinyl records, jewelry, furniture, primitives and advertising signs,” said Wade Gilreath, who co-owns the store along with fellow Chickamauga resident Joseph Oliver and Michael Bowman, of LaFayette. “We have 40,000 square feet here.”
Gilreath and Bowman, who are cousins, used to own the Junction in Chickamauga. Oliver still owns Bare Walls in Chickamauga.
The antique mall also has a photography booth, a deli and a frame shop.
“We have almost 200 booths with 120 rented right now,” said Gilreath, adding that spaces cost $95 up to $125 per month to rent a 10-by-10-foot area. “People like the 1970’s rock band records in the mall. I personally buy old advertising pieces like Coca-Cola signs, coolers and gas and oil signs.”
Gilreath said Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days of the week at Once in a Blue Moon. The new primitive items are a draw for people, as is the U.S. Army surplus area of the store, he added. The store showcases game systems, coins and jewelry throughout and soon will be adding local honey, jams and jellies to its offerings.
One popular booth is manned by Jeff Carlock, of Rock Spring. His space showcases a variety of antique turntables, vinyl records and radios dating from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.