We southerners love nostalgia. It’s not that we want to live in the past; we just like to remember the “good ole days.” Most southerners are storytellers in one way or another; historic buildings and antique ephemera give us an opportunity to relish in the past. In Georgia we’re lucky to have so many places that allow us to indulge our reminiscence of the past and it’s wares. Here are just a few of my favorite places for antiquing in the Peach State.
Greensboro Antique Mall – Greensboro, GA
Just a quick jaunt from Atlanta or Athens, Greensboro is a great place to do some shopping. I always hit the Greensboro Antique Mall located in downtown Greensboro. The mall’s building was originally known as The Big Store; with it’s 11,000 square feet it was known as the largest emporium for goods between Atlanta and August. The Big Store’s motto was “offering everything from the cradle to the grave”, a motto that largely still rings true today.
Scott Antique Market- Atlanta, GA
Scott’s Antique Market is the World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show that takes place the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Exposition Center. Shopping at Scott’s is a pretty serious commitment, with two buildings, rows of vendors, and an outdoor market place, antiquing at Scott’s is an all day adventure. Scott’s is packed with gorgeous furniture, estate jewelry, antique books, textiles, and art; make sure you wear some comfy footwear and be prepared to negotiate! One of my favorite vendors, The Purse Lady, specializes in vintage one-of-a-kind handbags.
Agora- Athens, GA
No trip to Athens is complete without a visit to Agora. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Agora is the ultimate vintage emporium. Agora is a locally-owned vintage and antique co-op located in wonderful downtown Athens complete with records, funky vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, and other nic nacs galore! I have a weakness for mid-century modern furniture and have scored several pieces here. Agora now has a sister shop called Agora Vintage, which specializes in high-end vintage fashion and accessories.
Auntie Bellum’s Attic – Milledgeville, GA
Just strolling through Milledgeville is a nostalgic experience. Thankfully, Milledgeville was spared on Sherman’s March to the Sea and much of the historic city center is still in tact. In Milledgeville, you can find me strolling the old streets snapping photos of the old buildings. I usually pop by Auntie Bellum’s Attic in the historic downtown. They have a good variety of items here; they have a great selection of old bottles, post cards and architectural salvage.
The Paris Market- Savannah, GA
Visiting The Paris Market is a total sensory experience and one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever visited. Not strictly an antique store, the market brings together antiques, art, books, textiles, accessories, and other gifts together in historic downtown Savannah. The best part of shopping at The Paris Market—they have their own café! Before or after shopping, enjoy a cappuccino and macron in their beautiful little boulangerie!