About Us

Dwight and Christy of American Antique MallDwight and Christy Schannep, mall owners and accredited appraisers.  To learn more about our appraisal services, click  www.americanheirloomappraisers.com

OUR BACKGROUND:

Dwight grew up in Tucson.  As a young rock collector, Dwight's first antique was a lawyer's stacking bookcase that his grandmother bought him to display his collection.  After he graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1984, his hobby became collecting, restoring, and re-selling antiques.

Christy grew up in Anchorage, Alaska in a house full of antiques. Her mother's passion was buying and selling antique oil lamps as a side line.  Both her parents retired and moved to Tucson, where Christy soon followed.  She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees .

  • "Elephant's Trunk Antiques" was the Schannep's first antique store, opened in 1990.
  • Tucson's largest antique mall (at the time) , The American Antique Mall, was established in 1993 through the invitation of other dealers to join the Schanneps.  In 1993, only a couple of other smaller local antique malls and stores were in operation.
  • Over 500 different dealers have enjoyed their own small business with booths in our antique mall!
  • We have proudly provided high wage employment to dozens of Tucsonans over the last 20+ years.
  • Taxes and substancial charitable contributions have been distributed to our community through our business establishment.
  • Millions of dollars of antiques and collectibles have been sold by the American Antique Mall over the last 20 + years!
  • Several antique shops and estate sale businesses have since been opened from our former dealers.
  • We have served as the business model for Tucson's other newer antique malls.
  • We introduced antique mall accounting software (AMAS) © to Tucson, which is now being used by Tucson's other antique malls..


Christy was a regular guest on the KTUC AM 1400 Antiques and Collectibles Hour Radio Show © with Fran Andrews in 1990.  Dwight has authored many articles for local and state-wide antique magazines and periodicals. Dwight and Christy were the featured "Super Collectors" on the national Fox Cable Network © "Personal FX Antiques and Collectibles Show ©" in 1997 (pre - Antiques Roadshow).  Both Christy and Dwight have been featured on local television news programs, as well as local, regional, and national printed literature. They were featured as the front cover story for the Antique Trader Weekly © on January 13, 2010! Dwight has written multiple articles for the Antique Register (an Arizona based monthly antique publication). Dwight was featured on July 3, 2013 (and multiple re-airs) on the Travel Channel's © "Dig Wars - Ruby, Az. ©" as the featured appraiser.

As qualified and experienced appraisers, both Dwight and Christy have been trained and tested in appraisal theory, principles, procedures, ethics, and law.  They have extensive education and testing in the areas of antiques, residential contents, and fine art.  They both have additionally been trained and tested in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice through the American Association of Appraisers.

American Antique Mall is home of American Heirloom Appraisers

The American Antique Mall is popular with local, national, and international shoppers. The world's largest gem and mineral show comes to Tucson each February.  As a result, the American Antique Mall welcomes customers, year after year,  from every corner of the world.  Many celebrities visiting Tucson's health resorts, or filming movies, have been known to frequent the American Antique Mall. Our reputation was established, early on, for specializing in quality items from quality antique dealers.

You are personally invited to visit us and see the exciting and unusual treasures we have to offer!

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Where we've been: A photo gallery

Christy Schannep at Elephant's Trunk Antiques

Christy Schannep at Elephant's Trunk Antiques (in operation 1990-1993).

Elephant's Trunk Antiques 1990 - 1993

Elephant's Trunk Antiques

Elephant's Trunk Antiques became the American Antique Mall

Christy during our moving sale, getting ready for re-opening at the Antique Mall

Future home of American Antique Mall

Vacant Realty Office Building - Future site of American Antique Mall Summer of 1993

Future home of American Antique Mall

American Antique Mall awning being erected in the summer of 1993

Future home of American Antique Mall

Christy Schannep, co-owner, taking a break during the major remodel of summer of 1993

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Grand Opening crowd gathers at the front doors of the "new" American Antique Mall August 31, 1993

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Welcoming the crowd: Evie Oxman to the left, Helen Schannep and Kelly Rose

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Mall owners Dwight and Christy Schannep proudly cut the Grand Opening Ribbon

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Pat Nash (left), Rick Rosenthal (center) and mall dealer Alan Fleischer (Green shirt)

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Dwight's mother Helen and Dwight's wife Christy on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Mall dealer Jeannine Tucker (in black) and Phyllis Guibor (customer turned Employee)

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Christy enjoys a moment with mall dealer Joel Thall on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Christy, Dwight, and Dwight's Mother Helen Schannep on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

American Antique Mall dealer Emerson Clark proudly shows off his new booth

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Future American Antique Mall dealer Bob Culver with Dwight on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Dwight explains antique furniture construction to customers on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Hank (far left) looking for fishing equipment on Grand Opening Day

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Customer and future American Antique Mall dealer Fred Zwig on the far right

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Customer Eldon Braun looking for fountain pens on Grand Opening Day.

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Christy made it through the Grand Opening Day!

American Antique Mall Grand Opening

Front view of the newly opened American Antique Mall winter 1993

Front view of the American Antique Mall

Front view of the American Antique Mall (two decades later) 2013

American Antique Mall celebrating 24 years in Tucson


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