Lifelong Russellville resident Amanda Armstrong, who owns and operates Funky Town Mall, says the business grew out of her joy of shopping in flea markets and vintage stores.
Armstrong and her husband, Jimmy own a few businesses in Russellville, one being A1 Pawn, and with both of them enjoying going to flea markets and vintage markets they decided to open their own. Armstrong labels Funky Town Mall as a vintage market and now they are able to go and enjoy the flea and vintage markets for fun and for their businesses.
“We have a smorgasbord of items, from books, albums, antiques, painted furniture, non-painted furniture, food items, sports cards and toys, we have a little bit of something for everybody,” said Armstrong.
Funky Town Mall was originally the sister store of Funky Junkie, which was a downtown business, until the building began to collapse.
Funky Town Mall has been in business for nine years, and while the original business of Funky Junkie was a hit with local residents, the idea of Funky Town Mall was a way to better include everyone that wanted to sell items locally.
With Funky Junkie all of the inventory was all of Armstrongs’ items, she said. But with the switch to Funky Town Mall, the business became a place where everyone could participate in selling their items of choice.
“Vintage Market is a good way to brand this, we travel all over the United States where he is usually shopping for antique guns for the pawn shop and I am usually shopping for furniture and other items for the store,” said Armstrong.
“We both have a passion and we both said we wanted to open up a store and give everyone an opportunity to sell their stuff and have fun and make money while they do it,” said Armstrong.
The business is everything she expected it would be before opening. Through the years operating Funky Town Mall, Armstrong has enjoyed the experience of meeting new individuals and learning about the different personalities that walk through her doors.
However, she admits that one of the hardest parts of the business trying to please every customer. While it is hard, she still loves the experience.
Armstrong has a huge waiting list of people wanting to put their items in the mall, and because of this she would love to expand in the future, but it is a matter of finding the right place.
The best part of owning Funky Town Mall, Armstrong said, is that she loves what she does and she makes money from it.
Her father, John Leonard, told her that and that if she had those two things in life, then she would the best life possible.
Funky Town Mall is located at 1612 South Arkansas Avenue in Russellville and their hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.