Junkin’ Journey: Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia

Junkin’ Journey: Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia

As someone who does NOT follow NASCAR, Bristol has never been on my radar as a destination. No offense to NASCAR fans, of course! But, when I was researching potential Junkin’ Journey locations, I fell in love with the quirky geography of it. As it turns out, the Tennessee/Virginia state line falls down the middle of State Street, which is the heart of downtown Bristol…in both states.

Downtown Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

VA on one side, TN on the other…

I’m a quasi-geography nerd and I couldn’t resist the allure of crossing the street between states- silly, I know! But when you pair that with a handful of antiques shops…well…stamp my ticket sold, because I’m heading to Bristol.

And my favorite shops along the way included…

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Village Antiques and Home Décor- Bristol

Village Antiques and Home Decor antique mall in Bristol, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I spy Cabin stuff!

Upon rolling into Bristol (Tennessee), I stopped at this shop first. And I have to admit, it set the bar pretty high and ended up being my favorite shop along my journey! I’m still buying décor pieces for my in-laws’ mountain cabin, so I filled a cart with all things mantiques- oil lanterns, minnow buckets, etc. But while I was a heat-seeking missile to cabin “stuff”, I appreciated each and every booth in the shop- there were plenty of primitives and mid-century kitsch throughout the store.

Bargain Hunters Flea Market Mall

This is the sister shop to Village Antiques, located less than a mile away, so it’s like you get a “twofer” while junkin’! Reflective of its name, it does have more of a flea market feel than a home décor store…but there are definitely treasures and I most definitely found some bargains!

Bargain Hunters Flea Market Mall in Bristol, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pyrex or Fire King, anyone?

Bargain Hunters Flea Market Mall in Bristol, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Furniture options…

Willow Creek Antiques

Once I made it to downtown Bristol, I bounced from Virginia to Tennessee and back again. I told you I was a geography dork! But anyway, Willow Creek was one of the two Virginia shops I hit. And it is a lovely, higher-end shop for those of you that are looking for finer antiques. I loved perusing, but left empty-handed…but not without wistfully admiring a few booths!

Willow Creek Antiques in Bristol, Virginia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

MORE Cabin stuff!

Grand Antiques

Also on the Virginia side of the street, Grand Antiques is definitely a gem (for someone like me). Now, the store is dim inside, so don’t let my less-than-thrilling photos fool you. There is an endless supply of primitive treasures and diamonds-in-the-rough here…tucked into dark corners and hidden in the deeper reaches of this pickers’ labyrinth.

Grand Antiques in Bristol, Virginia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I just LOVED this piece…

Grand Antiques in Bristol, Virginia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There are some potential project parts in here…

McClellan’s Antiques

For a break from the typical antiques mall, McClellan’s is a fun, quirky shop just off of State street on the Tennessee side. It’s small, but full- and is one of those shops that specializes in the peculiar rather than the trendy. The owner, who was as kind as can be, recommended that I look around to see if there was anything I wanted…but warned that there may be things I wouldn’t want to see! But he was just being cheeky- it’s a fun shop full of oddities that surely have tales to tell. My favorite, though, was the coffee/tea set in the window- look at that bugle on the spout!

McClellan's Antiques in Bristol, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One of a kind…everything!

McClellan's Antiques in Bristol, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Village Antiques and Home Décor- Johnson City

Talk about coming full circle- this is the same shop as the first one I hit, but in Johnson City, TN instead. I checked it out on my way out of town and included it because I had just as much fun in this one as I did the Bristol store! It’s also an indicator that I will DEFINITELY be doing a separate Junkin’ Journey to Johnson City, so I’ll be swinging by here again. At this shop, though, I didn’t find anything for the cabin…BUT I did find a few primitives for projects, so it was a winning trip for sure!

Village Antiques and Home Decor antique mall in Johnson City, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Tobacco sticks have a LOT of potential, eh?

Village Antiques and Home Decor antique mall in Johnson City, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhh…look at that barn door!

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Another fun junkin’ journey in the books- and now you have some ideas if you ever find yourself in Bristol! And now that I’ve set foot in Virginia, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back…hint, hint, hint.

State street state line in Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m such a dork! (But admit it, this is pretty cool)

Explore on!

S


Comments

  1. Christina in FL says:

    OOOoooo wonderful!!! I feel there is SOOO much I would want to get. 🙂 Love your “dorkiness”… it IS cool! thank you for all the great photos!!!!

  2. My husband went to college in Bristol, TN, so we’re quite familiar with the areas. Abingdon VA is another nice locale for antiquing in that area. If you haven’t seen the Geico commercial on Virginnesee, you must look it up. It aired around the time we did a visit there last summer, and I shared a link. We’re going again at the end of the month, and I hope to check out some of your haunts. As always, thanks for sharing.
    Rita

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, Abingdon popped up on my radar while I researched shops- will definitely have to check it out someday!!

  3. What a fun place!

  4. As usual a wonderful trip with you. I love all the shops that you find on your trips and then thanking you for sharing them with us. I can’t wait to see your next trip and what you find. I am telling you, you need to do a book about all your finds and trips. Would buy it in a minute.

  5. its been awhile since we were in the antique store on state street. (and they’re only 30min from us)
    I do believe you have awakened a monster, but shhhh don’t tell my husband! lol (actually he loves it too!)
    thanks for sharing! 😉

  6. I would be a dork, too, and stand one foot in each state!!! Good thing I do not live near there as I would be even poorer than I am!!!

  7. I live around 40 minutes from Bristol and visit frequently. Glad you enjoyed your visit! People love taking pictures on the state line during the September music festival Rhythm and Roots…come back sometime!

  8. Well, I’ve been in Bristol a couple of times before, but your photos are so gorgeous. It makes me wanna drive there rite now.

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