West Main Gallery: Antiques & More

by | Dec 1, 2017 | Community Commerce

West Main Gallery in downtown Russellville has been open for a little over two years furnishing the River Valley with one-of-a-kind presents, home furniture, and holiday gift items. The gallery operates as a vendor mall where vendors rent spaces to run their own stores with the gallery providing the personnel and staff to make this possible. They offer antiques, art, handmade items, handcrafted creations and primitives.
“We have a very diverse selection,” says owner Kim Taylor as she walks through the vendor spaces. “We have old secretaries, old shipyard pulleys, a cast iron railroad crossing sign, Fenton glassware pieces, Tiffany pieces, old LPs, and several antique buffets.” The collection is always changing with new items coming in every day. But one thing remains constant, explains Taylor: The rules for vendors — everything they sell, she explains, “has to be true vintage items, primitives, and handmade items.”
West Main Gallery hosts up to 40 vendors and over 40 consignment sellers, which means that the store inventory is always eclectic and varied. Kim said she never knows what could show up in the store and encourages shoppers to act fast when they find something they like. “When you see it, you better buy it,” she explained. “I can’t go to inventory and get more.”
West Main Gallery has both a Facebook page and an Instagram feed to keep shoppers up to date on what’s new at the store. “I try to post about 10 to 15 photos a week,” explains Kim. Recent uploads include images of coal oil lamps, handmade jewelry, handcrafted leather belts, vintage desks, tables, and lamps, singer sewing machines, even antique hairdryers.
When asked what led her to start the business, Kim replied. “I always wanted to do this, and I got to a point where I could.” She says she sold real estate for more than 10 years and realized it was time to make the jump. “It was now or never,” she said. And Kim knew a storefront downtown was the perfect spot.
The store will offer a Holiday Vendor Extravaganza and Open House on December 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors can take part in raffle drawings, enjoy snacks and drinks, and meet the vendors. The store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m – 6 p.m. You can find them online at www.westmaingallery.com, on Facebook, and on Instagram at @Westmaingallery.

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