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Green Shag Market Hits Two Years

The bell rings. Another customer has arrived at the Green Shag Market, owned by Karen Tipton. People prowl through the aisles of the store, looking into the nooks of the different vendors. This small vintage store in downtown St. Louis features everything from furniture to relics from the 1800s.

“All the stuff was old and antique-type stuff,” sophomore Maya King, a customer of the market, said. “It was different, it had a lot of cool stuff.”

There are no limits to what can be found in the shop. From old kitchen sets to vintage bridal wear, the Green Shag Market has it all. Because they consider themselves to be a vintage shop, they try not to sell anything that was produced after the 1980s.

“A lot of people come in and find the store to be pretty nostalgic seeing stuff they grew up with,” Daniel Tipton, the store’s manager, said.

All of the items in the store come from a specific vendor. The owner rents out a total of 60 different booths to people that have antiques that they wish to sell. They have their own sections throughout the store where they set prices for, and sell merchandise.

“Our vendors all get along,” Samuel Phillips, Daniel’s friend and fellow employee, said. “I don’t think there’s many antique stores where the vendors communicate to each other.”

The 7,200 square foot store is set up as one main room with an extra room set off to the left of the entrance. In the extra room the staff decorates it to display pieces from certain eras. For example, a bar set, complete with old chairs and crystal glasses, is the first thing to be seen when walking into the extra room.

“The front room is my favorite because we can make it our own,” Samuel said .

The Green Shag Market opened up two years ago, and is a family-owned and run business. Karen needed help running the store so she hired her son, Daniel, as a manager. A cousin of Daniel’s works there as well.

“She’s familiar with antiques,” Daniel said. “She’s been around them for a long time, most of her life. It’s something she’s always wanted to do and it was a time in her life where she was looking to do something financially, so she kind of came up with this idea.”

Daniel’s wife came up with the peculiar name for the store because they wanted a name that seemed “vintage”. The name refers to the green shag carpets that were wildly popular in the 1970s.

“The idea that we were coming up with kind of revolved around that era of the 70s and before, so my wife came up with green shag carpet,” Daniel said.

”That’s pretty specific to that era. We just changed the last word to market. A lot of people seem to like it; it draws attention.”

In 2013, the Green Shag Market was voted the best vintage shop in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times. The store won this award because of the store’s ability to take people back into the different eras.

“We have a little bit of everything, really just a wide range of items from vintage furniture to 18th century art and anything in between,” Daniel said.

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