Who We Are

Unveil the treasure trove in Huntsville, Alabama since 2013- a massive 24,000 sqft wonderland with over 130 Local businesses inside. University Pickers is Nestled in the historical Merrimack District, this local gem is a paradise for furniture, home decor, vintage, and fashion lovers. Bursting with goodies from small local businesses, it’s a true showcase of our community spirit. Swing by any day of the week and treat yourself to a shopping spree like no other!

 

 

 

Visitors often say, “it’s Pinterest come alive!”

Our marketplace serves as both a shopping destination and a cultural center. Throughout the year, we host a variety of events, classes, and markets, aiming to unite the community and showcase Huntsville’s talent and creativity. Within our 24,000 sqft space, you’ll discover a thoughtfully curated selection of products, ranging from rustic farmhouse furniture to mid-century styles. Our shops are a delight for those who enjoy hunting for unique treasures.

Shopping with us not only supports local artisans and small businesses but also contributes to the growth and vitality of our community. Come visit us and uncover Huntsville’s hidden gem firsthand!

Our Owners

University Pickers: Where Everyone is Family

At University Pickers, we are more than just a business – we’re a family! Owned by Cindi Pope and Trish Gleason, two sisters with a passion for vintage treasures, we started with a tiny booth and a vision for growth. With the help of our creative vendors, we have since expanded to a full-fledged store, located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Growing up in the Nashville area, our parents taught us the value of hard work and a good bargain. Our mother instilled in us an eye for decorating and a knack for transforming ordinary items into something beautiful. Our father, on the other hand, taught us business, the importance of laughter and not taking life too seriously.

We were honored to be named “2017 Retailer of the Year” by Huntsville’s Chamber of Commerce, recognizing our commitment to growth, community outreach, and top-notch customer service. In 2020, we were also awarded “Best of BAMA-Antique Mall” and “Best of Huntsville Consignment Shop”. We also won “Best of Huntsville Antique Mall” in 2023.

Although we have different personalities, we’ve learned to work together and support each other’s strengths. As best friends and business partners, we prioritize giving back to the community, hosting creative events and retreats, and coaching other small business owners in our industry.

At the core of our business, we value faith, family, and helping others. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with unique, handmade, and locally-sourced items that they can’t find in big-box stores. Come join our family at University Pickers!

Tricia Gleason

Trish is local, living in Huntsville over 27 years. She’s a graduate of Tennessee Tech in Education, teaching for many years in Madison County, then receiving her Master’s in Special Education. She loves teaching DIY classes now and working with vendors and other small businesses to help them achieve their goals.

She and her high school sweetheart have two boys. When Trish is not busy with her boys or the store, she fills her “spare” time with her travel agency and needlework.

Cindi Pope

Cindi is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Marketing. She loves organizing, digging in the details in business and has experience in leading teams of people. Cindi has a talent for home decor! She can take your favorite items and turn them into a beautiful display.

Cindi now lives in Gurley with her hubby & son.  She graduated from UT Martin with a degree in business and has homeschooled her children  In her “spare” time she enjoys  hiking and spending time with her family.

Things you should know

WE’RE SMALL BUSINESS.

What does that mean for you? Extremely personalized customer service and a store that is the definition of DIY. Every aspect of what we do, we do ourselves and in-house. Also, every single, unique customer that shops with us counts. And we want you to feel valued when you shop with us!

WE CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY.

Get gorgeous, one-of-a-kind items at a fraction of the cost that an equivalent piece would be at a big box store. The time and cost of picking isn’t even plausible for most of us on the go. Our Pickers do the hard work to save you money, time, and your sanity. We have it all in one location.

WE’RE LOCAL.

We are Rocket City Proud. We’re proud to be a part of the Huntsville community, that is known for passionately honoring and supporting local businesses. We love being made up of other local, small businesses who are just as excited about their ventures as we are.

WE BELIEVE IN CREATIVITY AND INDIVIDUALITY.

Do what you love and own it. This applies to our vendors and to you and your home. We believe we were all created uniquely, for a unique purpose. We pray you’ll experience this individuality when you shop with us or attend a workshop at University Pickers.

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