Exploring the Atlanta area has been long overdue for me…I mean, I live a scant drive away from this cosmopolitan southern city and yet I rarely make the time to head down Interstate 85. So, let this blog post be the first part in rectifying an overdue trip!
Puttering around Chamblee, Georgia was never part of my original plan- I had focused on Metro Atlanta with only a stop or two scheduled for Chamblee.
WHAT WAS I THINKING??
For the person that loves antiquing- especially the person that loves to have a wide variety of stores- Chamblee hosts a varied collection of shops. From fine European to rusty “mantiques” to Mid-Century Modern to architectural/hardware salvage to shabby vintage…even to thrift stores!…you’ll find it in Chamblee.
My husband and I hit up several of the shops in the downtown area- not all, but most. And these, my friends, were our favorites…
This thrift shop is affiliated with the Assistance League, a charity localized to Atlanta. I never know what to expect when I explore a new thrift shop, and this one was a pleasant surprise! It had a lovely collection of vintage/antique items- mostly smalls…glassware and ceramics, housewares, etc. But it was their linen section that really excited me…I found all kinds of vintage linens that I snapped up in a jiffy! It didn’t help (or did it?) that the entire store was half-off on the day we went! Talk about thrifty luck…
Chamblee Antiques & Collectibles
This shop, located at 3509 Broad Street, has the sweetest little shop dog imaginable, so we were already fans before we got more than 4 steps inside! But once we were in, I was mesmerized by the lovely collection of vintage linens (including more antique christening gowns than I’ve ever seen before). And then I saw a couple of bicycles that were in to-die-for condition (I mean, look at those streamers!)…and the multi-colored crystal chandeliers!! So many unique pieces in this shop…definitely worth a trip.
The minute Jon and I entered Rust ‘N Dust, I knew we’d love it. There are three vendors in the shop offering an IMPRESSIVE collection of “mantiques”- tools, sporting equipment, etc. But there is really something for everyone…I loved the massive collection of old luggage, the primitive kitchen ware, the rusty, crusty “bits” just begging for a project, and of course the sparkly jewelry. This place is high on our list of places to revisit…
By now it’s no surprise to anyone that I’d sniff out a salvage shop, particularly one that focuses on old hardware. I probably sighed in heavenly delight when we opened the door…a wall of key plates…display cases of faucets…bathroom sink handles for days and days and days! I pawed the iron soap dishes until Jon gently pulled me away. And then…and then I saw the candy-colored plastic drawer handles. I assure you, a couple of the green pulls found their way to the register for purchase! Maybe next time I’ll get a couple of red pulls…hmmm…
Stepping inside Antique Factory is like running off and joining the retro mid-century modern circus! Bicycles, vintage signs, and fantastical light fixtures hang from the ceiling. Baby carriages that look like ’56 Chevys line the walls, and starburst ash trays straight from the set of Mad Men hold trinkets to admire. It’s an experience AND a treasure hunt all wrapped into one!
We capped off our Chamblee wanderings at this rambling mall and found yet another place that held treasures galore. If you like “display case treasures”- rhinestones…weapons…unusual vintage holiday pieces…small collectibles…then Broad Street Antique Mall should be on your list! In fact, there was an entire case filled with gorgeous Daguerreotypes! But if display cases aren’t your thing, well, the back half is lined with booths filled to the brim…and a glorious “Wall of Chairs”. Jon’s favorite treasure? A WWII folding bicycle designed for Marine Corps paratroopers- how cool is that??
While we were in Chamblee, we also enjoyed a second thrift shop (Suthers Center) and a delicious lunch at the Chamblee Bistro! And since we didn’t get a chance to check out a few of the other shops during this trip, I hope to return to Chamblee soon…and if you get a chance to explore this eclectic collection of shops, I hope you’ll do so. Viva la Junk!
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