Just like the building it occupies, Finders Keepers Marketplace takes something unused and gives it new life.
The store, just south of the railroad tracks on Veterans Avenue in Biloxi, has been vacant since it was built before Hurricane Katrina. It’s now full of treasures and collectibles and is ready for its grand opening Saturday.
Owners Chris and Carmen Hinton plan a day of activities including food and drinks, music and a car and motorcycle show.
The store is open daily, and on weekends the grassy area south of the building becomes an outdoor flea market, where a 12-foot square spot is $10 a day. As part of the weekend activities, a guy cooks catfish plates on Saturday, Chris said, and last Sunday he made barbecue ribs and chicken.
Inside “everything’s full,” Chris Hinton said, and they have a waiting list of people who want to set up booths.
“A lot of people don’t realize Finders Keepers takes up the whole building until they get inside and see it’s wide open,” he said. All 12,000 square feet are filled with 70 vendors selling vintage toys, jewelry, lamps and other housewares.