For many, there’s simply nothing like antiquing. Browsing through the many twists and turns of an antique shop can be as therapeutic as it is a walk down memory lane. However, that walk is about to become shorter with the recent downsizing of a local favorite.
Annabell’s Attic has been operating here in Tucson for more than two decades, and while the shop isn’t completely closing, ownership has decided to dramatically downsize its footprint.
Of the 20,000 square feet storefront, Annabell’s Attic will give up around half of the floor space, to accommodate a new Dollar Tree.
Annabell’s Attic has been a staple for the Monterey Village shopping center. It takes up nearly as much space as the Bookmans, while providing shoppers with a unique opportunity to purchase antique items (furniture has often been the big seller at Annabell’s Attic).
This likely won’t be the latest Dollar Tree or Family Dollar addition to greater Tucson (both of which are owned by the same company). While it might take some time to get accustomed to a Dollar Tree bumping up against Beyond Bread and Bookman’s, it is something Tucson residents will need to grow accustomed to. The chain has plans of opening up over 600 new stores in 2021 alone.
Annabell’s Attic has already nearly completed the process of moving its merchandise out of the partitioned section of the store. Once everything has been moved out, the Dollar Tree renovations can begin. There is no opening date set for the Dollar Tree, but it hopes to be ready for the public by the end of the year.
Despite the downsizing, Annabell’s Attic will continue to offer the ability to not only buy antiques but for residents to sell antiques to the store. Owner Matt Gillette wants to make sure everyone knows the antique store buys everything it displays. It is not a consignment shop (which means an individual does not receive payment for the goods until someone else buys the item). It is cash on the spot for anything they believe will sell in the store.
Matt, as well as his wife Sherri, have said the downsizing has been a long time coming. It didn’t suddenly come out due to COVID, but instead, they simply wanted a smaller footprint with the ability to continue servicing greater Tucson with one of the widest selections of antique goods.
If you are interested in selling an item, you can bring it in directly (if it is small), or you can stop by and ask Matt if they are interested in what you have to offer. That way, you don’t lug furniture across town, only to have it turned away.