The saddest of news for those of us who love roaming its aisles in search of vintage finds. Pacific Galleries Antique Mall has announced it will close on August 31.
The SoDo haven, spread across more than 100 stalls, opened in 1972 at 241 S Lander St. Owners Larry and Grace Li, who bought Seattle's oldest antique mall two decades ago as a passion project, are looking to retire, according to Noah Chen, a spokesman for the family. A shrinking (but passionate) customer base, construction of the Lander Street overpass that now rises next to the building, and of course the pandemic, also diminished profits, making it tough to find a buyer to keep the business open.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the antiquing community, and are sad to leave it,” Chen said via email.
For a decidedly low-tech business, PGAM posts lots of its rotating cast of treasures for perusal on social media. Keep an eye out for the LBJ campaign pins or vintage airline barware you didn’t know you needed in your life. Or just head over before the end of August for a few final strolls.