MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – Page’s Thieves Market, an iconic antique store near the Ben Sawyer Bridge, announced plans over the summer to close their doors for good.
The store will celebrate its 59th anniversary on Tuesday, October 23rd with an onsite party dubbed “Turning the Page.”
The store — which has served families along Ben Sawyer Blvd. since 1964 — will close on Saturday, October 27th, taking with it a long history and fond memories from both locals and tourists.
Second generation owner and former Mount Pleasant mayor Linda Page says that she hopes to share the day with friends which the shop has made over the years.
“This store was opened the year I was born, and it’s allowed me to meet so many wonderful people over the years,” said Page. “This ‘Turning the Page’ party is a thank you to those people, and an opportunity for us to reflect on everything that’s happened since 1959, when this was just a small outpost in a small community, on the only road out to Sullivan’s Island.”
Organizers say the free event will allow attendees the opportunity to browse around the rapidly diminishing furnishings at Page’s Thieves Market and mingle with others who have attended auctions and bought antiques there over the years.
Those attending the party will also be given the opportunity to make donations to the Charleston Animal Society, currently underfunded due to taking in cats and dogs from recent hurricanes, by way of cash or pet food.
Bring your pets, too! Page’s Thieves Market will sponsor a pet costume contest during the Oct. 23 event – the top best-dressed pets will take home prizes!
Because of its proximity to Halloween, the Page’s Thieves Market will sponsor a pet costume contest at Turning the Page as well, with the top-dressed pets taking home prizes.
Page’s Okra Grill will have its food truck at the event as well, offering Southern Food favorites.
Page understands locals who have shopped at Page’s Thieves Market for decades will mourn its loss, but says that Turning the Page will be a celebration.
“We’re not getting together to grieve about the Thieves Market,” she said. “It’s going to be a fun time to get together and celebrate our community. And besides, I’m not going anywhere.”
She plans to re-establish herself as Linda Page’s Estates and Auctions, offering estate sale services, online and live auctions, appraisals and reorganization services. She is also in discussions to open an antique mall.
An auction will be held on the day of its closing to sell any remaining inventory and fixtures.