I don’t know about you, but I love to visit college towns. They are perpetually injected with youth and the funky vibe that comes from college coeds. And as all things “vintage” become trendier, college towns are really turning into hotbeds of places to thrift for cool, unusual, or wonderfully seasoned secondhand pieces. So, revisiting Knoxville, Tennessee moved to the top of my junkin’ journey list! Home to University of Tennessee’s main campus, it’s a fun mountain town that boasts a LOT of thrifting and antiques-shopping options.
I ended my weekend with a carload of goodies and a text message apology to Jon for everything I was bringing home. But, where, oh where, did I go?
Favorite Shops in Knoxville
I swear, I can practically sniff out an architectural salvage shop wherever I journey to- like a moth to a flame, I am drawn to these wonderland places! And Architectural Antics is really, truly a fantastical store. My favorite section is the outdoor yard, of sorts, which holds any number of treasures- wrought iron patio sets, vintage gymnasium lockers, candy-colored pedestal sinks, you name it.
Four Seasons is located in a strip of several antiques shops, so if you hit it, the others are just down the sidewalk a few steps. I love this shop for its eclectic collection of…well…everything! There’s a great selection of vintage apparel…plus primitive kitchen pieces…plus mid-century kitsch…plus things that you once had in your bedroom many moons ago.
Ya’ll know I love to explore locally-based thrift stores- animal/pet related charity shops are my favorite, but I really do like knowing that my money is being used within the community. Ladies of Charity was a REALLY nice surprise of a shop! There’s the cute little boutique-shop on one side (which I liked) and then there’s the warehouse store across the hall (which I LOVED). And super bonus, everything was 50% when I visited.
For my mid-century modern lovers, get thee to Nostalgia on McCalla!! For years, this has been my go-to shop for all things #MCM and I always find a treasure (or a few) at Nostalgia. Remember the suitcase I used to make a pet bed for Cottonball? Came from Nostalgia!
KARM is another local charity based in Knoxville and they have an abundance of shops in every direction! I only hit up a couple of them but had treasure-hunting luck at each one! From framed crewel pieces to kitschy planters made in Japan(that I used for my Citronella Candles project), I could see myself making a day just going from one KARM store to another!
To cap off my too-short weekend in Knoxville, I stumbled upon this shop and just fell in love. I adore- no seriously, ADORE- reclaimed wood and love the fact that more and more places are following suit. It’s like reharvesting lumber without taking down a single tree- so Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber was really an exciting discovery for me. Just wandering around their stacks of planks got my creative juices flowing…
Did I pique your interest? And let me tell you, I have several other places to hit for my Part 2 blog post- I can’t wait to go back. If you know the area well, please let me know if you have any favorite hidden gems for junkin’…I’m always on the hunt!
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