That’s when Larry Gottula and Dave Briddle (shown right at the Des Moines mall) opened the first Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Des Moines, Iowa. Folks liked the name, and the way we operated. The Brass Armadillo brought a refreshing sense of professionalism to antique mall retailing that Larry and Dave engaged dealers and collectors, alike. So we refined the concept and took to the road, building larger malls adjacent to major interstate highways.
Since then, we’ve discovered that an estimated 80 million people in the United States collect something, including antique furniture, thimbles, figurines, china, porcelain, toys, dolls, primitives, tools, ink wells, memorabilia, political buttons, pottery, stoneware, lamps, vases, fountain pens, toy trains, jewelry, beanie babies… and so much more.
We’re different than the competition in lots of ways. All of our malls have “shoppers hours,” open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The Brass Armadillo distinguishes itself by offering shoppers all the conveniences you would expect at any other retail store-payment with personal checks as well as major credit cards, layaway, computerized receipts and professional service. For dealers, the Brass Armadillo is the perfect way to expand an existing business or to get started. We take care of the administrative tasks, so dealers can do what they do best…procure merchandise. Our malls in Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and Phoenix feature the largest collections of dealers in their respective markets. (That’s more selection than you can shake a rolled-up, collectible issue of Life magazine at.) Come see for yourself. We’re open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.