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Fun, frugal chic at Merchant Square
by Joan Westlake
Merchant Square is celebrating seven
years as the largest headquarters for
antiques, new and consignment goods in
the entire state. The mind-boggling array
of items, already value-priced, is being
marked down 10 to 60 percent during the
store’s birthday party July 17 through 19.
“Each of our 220 vendors will have
some things on special,” says Brenda
Montemorra, general manager of
the 40,000-square-foot shopping
extravaganza on Arizona Avenue north
of historic downtown Chandler, which
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features more than 130 booths and 104
FOR HUNGRY SHOPPERS: Randy and Cyndee Walters of Pittsburgh
glass showcases.
Willy’s Hot Dogs at Merchant Square have plenty of sandwiches
Montemorra, who owned a successful
and soups to keep shoppers shopping.
antique business in Cave Creek, says
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when Michael Moore, owner of the BIG SALE: Merchant Square General Manager Brenda Montemorra shows some of
“We are kid and pet friendly for those that are well
property, contacted her they “hit it
the thousands items in the 40,000-square-foot building.
behaved. Children seem to like coming here. We hear
off instantly,” and she immediately
them say it is a cool place to visit.”
understood his vision of an “antique
paintings, jewelry and many fi ne gift ideas.
With so many choices to peruse, shoppers of all ages
mall.”
Whether you’re searching for a present for a Star
enjoy sitting down and taking a break at Pittsburgh
They set about redesigning the former Payless
Wars fan, an art collector or shoe hound, there are
Willy’s, located right inside Merchant Square. Gourmet
Cashway and signing up vendors. Today, aisles and
many choices. In one vendor booth alone, there’s a
hotdogs, sandwiches, homemade chili and soups are
aisles of merchandise offer something for everyone
huge, mounted buffalo head, delicate antique lace
some of the foods this affable vendor serves. At $3 for
including things you might not have even known you
tablecloths, well-tooled cowboy boots and a lovely
a Big Willy, the fare is a bargain.
truly needed.
vintage christening gown.
Open from daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Antiques are featured from many eras along with
If the quantity of choices seems daunting, don’t
Thursdays through Tuesdays and until 8 p.m.
new and gently used contemporary furniture. Clothing
worry, there’s help.
on Wednesday, Merchant Square is located at
runs the gamut of beautiful handmade, vintage and
“Our fl oor staff is very good at locating what people
1509 N. Arizona Ave. Call 480-792-1919 or visit
gently used bargains like stunning, full-length Isaac
want,” says Montemorra. “If someone comes in and
www.merchantsquareantiques.com.
Mizrahi gowns for $19. There are great fi nds for Art
says, ‘I’m looking for a four-foot tall white table,’ we
Deco afi cionados, Asian knickknack collectors and
can direct them to the right places.”
Wild West buffs, along with crystal, china, glassware,
And, the staff is welcoming.
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