Why did the Armadillo Cross the Road? To go antiquing!

Review of The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, Grain Valley, MO

  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • On I-70 between exits 21 and 24
  • 1450 Golfview Drive, Grain Valley, MO 65029
  • Open 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week.

 The Brass Armadillo has been on our radar for a couple of years. Friends and customers have suggested this chain of “antique malls” with 6 interstate locations in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Since we were in the KC area, we decided to bite the bullet and “force” ourselves to go to an antique mall. Ha! Typically, we don’t find much at big collectible malls, but that’s never stopped us from going in them.

The Brass Armadillo, Kansas City MO

According to a survey conducted by Antique Week magazine, 24% of their readers made the majority of their purchases at an antique mall. We found that most items in antique malls were made between 1900 to the present. When asked about the time period in which their purchases were made, the majority of their readership (72.9%) indicated that they collected items made between 1900 and the present. It makes sense then why antique malls are so popular with the mass population. Antique malls are catering to the new collectors, providing them with vintage items and collectibles. Antique purists are often disappointed when shopping at an antique mall. Someone looking for items from the 19th century are not going to find them in with Super Heroes.

Thoughts on The Brass Armadillo:

  • It’s BIG. The sheer size requires that the front desk hand out a location map so you can keep track of where you are and booth numbers.
  • Checkout counter was manned efficiently. They have a fast and easy system.
  • Rows and rows of glass cases are the best bets for finding something of value and the items are priced at retail.
  • The majority of the mall is small booths selling collectibles from 1960s to 1990s. We saw lots of star wars figures, glass liquor decanters and antique Tupperware.
  • The mall was full. There were only a few empty booths. Business must be good.
  • The staff was friendly. The bathrooms clean and there are tables and soda machines along the north wall, so you can take rest breaks from all the walking. Plenty of parking.

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