Junkin’ Journey: Athens, Georgia

Junkin’ Journey: Athens, Georgia

Every now and again, I travel to a small or medium-sized town and realize just how unsung or underappreciated it is- and folks, that’s definitely how I feel about Athens, Georgia. College football fans and most southerners think of Athens as simply the University of Georgia and the revered Bulldogs. And music fans know of Athens thanks to hometown bands such as the B-52s and R.E.M.

But I’m here to tell you that for a lover of vintage, it is SO MUCH MORE than college football and alternative rock.  And here’s the skinny- I hit a BUNCH of shops without even getting into the heart of downtown where all the vintage clothing shops and mid-century modern home décor stores reside.

So, you see, my friends? It’s a vintage/junk/retro destination…just check the Saturday game schedule before you make the trip…ha! I hit it up the first Saturday of Spring Break, which was the perfect time to go junkin’… want to see what I discovered?

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Lexington Vintage

So, let me tell you- this shop was a complete and utter surprise…AND I swear, it’s truly a case of “If Sadie was a store”. From the moment we parked (in front of gorgeous salvaged gates), to the moment we walked in (two stories of well-curated vintage pieces, repurposed art, and architectural salvage), to the moment we finished paying for our treasures (chippy spindles from the friendliest gal imaginable), it was love at first sight AND purchase. I highly, highly recommend this shop- to anyone who enjoys quirky vintage and project inspiration.

Lexington Vintage in Athens Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Colorful decor options…

Lexington Vintage in Athens Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhh…I found some salvage!

Lexington Vintage in Athens Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can I keep them??

Weekend A’Fair

This shop was quaint and cute, tucked inside a little white house. After some of the colorful, eclectic shops we’d hit earlier, it seemed far more sophisticated! But it was not without character- that’s for sure…an entire room of wonderfully organized record albums and LPs made sure of that! And I couldn’t help but swoon over the vintage-y kitchen at one end of the house. I almost asked for a cuppa while I was there, but it seemed a bit forward…

Weekend A'Fair in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A perfect setting…

Emmanuel Thrift House

Another little shop tucked into a small white house- two on the same trip! But instead of antiques, this one was a charming little thrift shop. It was full but organized and boasted plenty of vintage treasures in its housewares area. They had a really lovely collection of old books- If I had been in the market for some, they would have come home with me! But I found some ‘70s crewel that I just couldn’t live without- and I’ll definitely go back next time I’m in town.

Emmanuel Thrift House in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Treasures galore!

Junk in the Trunk

This shop had been on my “need-to-check-out” list for a while…I don’t recall how it ended up on my radar, but it did and it didn’t disappoint. My favorite part, though, was the front yard- scattered with fun & funky “junk”, like wrought iron pieces, old potting benches, and plant stands. Don’t get me wrong- I certainly enjoyed poking around the booths inside- but my treasure (a big ole’ aluminum kettle) was found out in the yard. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it!

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Antiques in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I have a good feeling about this place…

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Antiques in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A VERY good feeling..!

Attic Treasures

This shop, located just outside of Athens in Watkinsville, is crammed to the gills with unique collectibles. This was our second visit, in part because it boasts a huge collection of “mantiques”- such as swords, knives, and memorabilia from the Civil War and both World Wars. Jon enjoys pawing through the weaponry, whereas I love to browse the vintage costume jewelry, old linens, and other vintage treasures- like these old, old marbles that are actually made of… marble! Imagine that.

Attic Treasures Antiques in Watkinsville Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Filled to the brim with possibilities.

Attic Treasures Antiques in Watkinsville Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Marbles made of…marble!

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We simply ran out of time to hit everything- for instance, I would have loved to hit Agora Vintage again…but it’ll just have to wait until next time. But we DID find time to eat at our favorite spot in Athens- Heirloom Café.

Heirloom Cafe in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I pretty much love any restaurant that sits in an old filling station.

Heirloom Cafe in Athens Georgia GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Grapefruit mimosa, anyone?

What else did I miss in Athens?? Let me know…and as always, I’m constantly on the hunt for new southern towns to explore, so send me your suggestions!

Explore on!

S

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the tour, Sarah! It must have been fun to check out those shops. Lots of great treasures. I’m in love with those awesome doors.

  2. What a treasure you’ve found in this little town!…The beautiful ironwork at the first shop, and the organized shelves with all the plates and teacups @ Attic Treasures would have me swooning!…loved it all. Now to tell hubby that I want to go to Georgia!

  3. Camp Cammidge says:

    What a great story about the marble marbles. I would have pictured tiny little workmen chipping them into shape, but the real method is even more fabulous. What a great trip, thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like a fun trip! You make me want to take weekends away every weekend!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Haha! We have so many amazing options for day trips and overnights, don’t we? Just returned from one this weekend and have an exciting one coming up in late May!! 😀

  5. I saw many things I loved especially those doors,

  6. distresseddonna says:

    I need a trip to Athens! Make sure you go up the road a piece to Statham – it’s worth it!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You are not the first person to tell me that…and Braselton is also fantastic! So many road trips, so little time. 😉

  7. How fun! My kind of shopping!

  8. We are the same constanlly looking for this little antiques, vintage or thrifty stores, and every time I travel is a most to visit them.

  9. Athens is one of my favorite places to visit not only for the football but the antiques too. I was introduced to the delights of Athens when my daughter went to UGA but after reading your post an visit is in order. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Thanks for taking us along!

  11. Thank you so much for including us on your tour review. I look forward to meeting those who come let your recommendation!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You are so very welcome, Bonnie- I would LOVE to have a shop like yours in Greenville, SC…but I never mind driving to Athens for the day. Lunch at Heirloom and shopping at Lexington Vintage, each and every time I go!

  12. In Athens, there are 2 Habitat Restores that have reclaimed items from remodels and demolitions. About 10 miles west of Athens, Statham GA, has several antique stores in their little downtown area.

  13. Oh a dream trip! I do love architectural salvage… those doors…. sigh…
    🙂
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  14. Jennifer Crum says:

    You need to check out Rusty Dusty Antiques in Winterville, Ga. They have a Facebook page as well.

  15. When, I take my tour bus trip through America, Athens Ga is place I need to stop,

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  16. Comin' Down The Track says:
    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I love Agora, too (as mentioned in my blog post)- I just ran out of time! Thanks so much!

      • Comin' Down The Track says:

        Oops. For some reason, I skipped right over that sentence and went straight to the Heirloom Cafe sentence. Possibly due to picture association? Oh, well. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read. Thank you.

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          No worries and thank YOU! I really can’t wait to go back to Athens and hit the shops I missed. Great town!

  17. You should come right down the street to Statham, GA we have 7 shops an auction and Spanish deli all within walking distance on the train tracks….cute little town

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Nicole!! It is on my list now- soooo many people have recommended it to me, so I will DEFINITELY be heading there sometime and will do a similar blog post for sure. 🙂

  18. Jann Ward says:

    Check out Sweet Jasmine in Winder. Downtown Winder also has several shops. For a road trip, Pine Mountain is a great antique destination.

  19. I’m planning a trip to Georgia this summer and would love to check this out. Thanks for stopping by Celebrate Your Story.

  20. I told my hubby that I want to go to Athens, Georgia and he said, ” well, we’ve never been to Georgia so I’ll take you next week on our way to the beach”!…so I have to take notes from your post and all the great comments.

  21. Hoschton/Braselton have some great shops. The Porch Frog, Fox and Hound, Farmhouse Antiques. Braselton Antiques, A Flea An’tique and Countryside are just a few.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I love Braselton!!! Countryside is an alltime fave- in fact, I’m overdue for a return trip. 😉 Thank you so much!

  22. Sarah, these all look like great shops full of lots of treasures!! Love those amazing doors!! It would be neat to go pickin in Athens someday.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Athens was truly a pleasant surprise! I’d recommend Lexington Vintage (where the doors were) to pretty much anyone and everyone!

  23. Next time you are in the market for shopping southern treasures, go to farmhouse Antiques in brasselton, ga. I stumbled upon it by accident, while searching for something else. He has unusual hours because he has a full time job elsewhere. So check his schedule ahead of time. He has incredible contacts and taste. Love, love, love this piece of vintage heaven. Oh, and around the holidays, OMG!!!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I LOVE that shop- I think it used to be called Countryside Antiques?? But yes, I need to do an entire post on Braselton, just the most adorable town.

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