Nashville's Vintage Treasures
No one can deny the thrill of the hunt —of finding a vintage treasure. Of being immersed in the past when shopping through aisles of unique pieces — trinkets with a story. There’s a joy in finding “just the right” piece.
While ESXers are busy in educational sessions, some spouses may be intrigued to venture out into Nashville, for cowboy boots, boutique shopping and antique treasures. So, what does Nashville’s treasure map look like?
While independent antique shops and malls can be spotted throughout Nashville’s many neighborhoods, there are a few antique hot spots to be sure to hit while in town. Not far from downtown,antique stores line both sides of Eighth Avenue South. A collector’s haven, the area has become known as a premier antiques district. Monthly, a local auction house in the center of the district at Douglas Corner opens its doors for one night of auctioning mayhem to a standing-room-only crowd. Known as Nashville’s Antique District, you’ll find a dozen shops on Eighth Avenue featuring fine antiques at stores like Á la Maison, the Corduroy Horse and Fine Offerings Antiques to eclectic stores like Pre-To-Post Modern, Classic Modern, Cane-Ery Antique Mall and Boomerang Finer Thrift.
Located close to 8th Ave S and downtown, the Downtown Antique Mall is situated in an old building that is well worth the effort to find. Discover a plethora of art deco, Victorian, and mid-century modern antiques around every corner. Head to the center of downtown and jump on the Music City Trolley Hop. Arrive at Antique Archaeology in Marathon Village, a creative and unique neighborhood made up of a group of 100-year-old warehouse buildings. A life-long picker, Mike Wolfe of the History Channel's top-rated program American Pickers has opened the second Antique Archaeology location. The store is filled with forgotten American treasure that may be junk to one person, but to Mike it is potential goldmines filled with rare finds and sensational stories. The store features antiques, vintage items, folk art and Antique Archaeology merchandise.
One of the largest antique malls in Tennessee, Gas Lamp Antiques & Decorating Mall is two huge buildings full of fine antiques, home decor, jewelry, books, vintage clothing, fine furniture, lamps, collectibles, and the occasional kitchen sink. Voted by Nashville Scene as the “Best Antique Store” 2004-2013, Gas Lamp Antiques & Decorating Mall is located in Berry Hill, a neighborhood of colorful bungalows and independent specialty shops.
The Gas Lamp Antiques & Decorating Mall is in close proximity to the Nashville Flea Market. Considered one of the Top Ten flea markets in the country, dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Typically held on the fourth Saturday of every month, the Summer Fun Flea Market will be held June 27-29 where you’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, house wares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items.
Fourteen miles and 100 years from Nashville, downtown Franklin, Tenn. is an oasis of Southern hospitality housed in a 16-block National Register district of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries, boutiques, lovingly restored homes and more. It boasts an award-winning Main Street, brick sidewalks, a stunning collection of Victorian buildings and a host of “Best of“ accolades—including recognition for its antique district, which has turned up on a national top ten list of "greatest undiscovered places for antiquing." The Antiques District runs from Second Avenue North and Bridge Street up to Second Avenue South and South Margin Street.
Whatever area of Nashville you find yourself in, you will be sure to find unique antiques around every corner.
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This article was contributed by Katherine Roberts, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Public Relations Manager