Horsefeathers planning birthday celebration

Horsefeathers Mall 182 will celebrate its fourth birthday on Saturday (photo by Briana Rucker, SDN)
Briana Rucker

A creative local vintage store will celebrate its fourth birthday this Saturday.

Jan Smith opened Horsefeathers Mall 182 in 2013 after she retired from teaching.

Jan Smith's daughter-in-law Anna Smith said prior to opening the flea market, Jan Smith simply didn’t want to sit at home doing nothing. The store now features jewelry, clothes, furniture, collegiate apparel, food and a wide range of other nick-nacks.

"She’s always been a picker," Anna Smith. "She always went around with her dad and found old stuff. She was just fascinated with old stuff and history.”

Jan’s husband, Mike Smith, knew her historic collection had grew larger than anyone expected. That’s when they came across the perfect building in Starkville.

The building was vacant for 17 years before the family began a three-month clean-up to make Jan Smith's dreams come true. The store’s name Horsefeathers stemmed from Jan Smith’s love for the television show, "M*A*S*H."

“When Colonel Potter brought his horse to camp, the term horsefeathers came about. Because instead of cussing he would say, ‘horsefeathers,’” Anna Smith said.

Jan Smith passed away in June, but the family has kept the store going. Mike Smith wanted to keep his wife’s business going for as long as possible. 

“It started out as Jan’s baby and it will always be Jan’s baby,” Anna Smith said.

The family hopes people from all over will come out Saturday, Sept. 23 to celebrate the birthday of Horsefeathers Mall 182. It will take place at 5887 Highway 182 West.

They will open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with door prizes, gift cards, food, and a flea market of specials in front of the building.

“It’ll be a lot of different thing," said store manager Suzie Lewis. "We’re hoping to draw in all ages, because we have stuff for students on up."

Many local students purchase furniture from the store to furnish their apartments and dorms.

“If we don’t have something, we try to find it,” said Anna.

As of today, the store has 31 vendors from Columbus, New Hope, and Southaven to name a few. Each vendor has their own space in the store with creative names such as The Glitter Box, Deanie’s Den, Winding River, Eclectic Junktion, etc. The vendors are successful with profits, but Horsefeathers Mall 182 still hopes to gain more business from surrounding areas who may not know about their unique business.