Shotgun!: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

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?

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Favorite Shops in Knoxville

Architectural Antics

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.

Architectural Antics in Knoxville, TN

Talk about a junker’s paradise…

DIY repurposed snare drum as a pendant light at Architectural Antics in Knoxville, TN

I dig that drum light!

Four Seasons Vintage Decor

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.

Four Seasons Vintage in Knoxville, TN

Vintage clothes!

Vintage Teen magazine from the 1980s at Four Seasons Vintage in Knoxville, TN

How could I resist??

Ladies of Charity Thrift Store

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.

Ladies of Charity thrift in Knoxville, TN

A room full of half-off treasures!

Nostalgia on McCalla

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!

Nostalgia on McCalla in Knoxville, TN for mid century modern vintage

Always a favorite stop in Knoxville!

KARM Thrift Stores

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!

KARM thrift store in Knoxville, TN

I NEVER bake cakes…but I needed this anyway. I’m weird like that.

Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber

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…

Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber in Knoxville, TN

How could I resist?

Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber in Knoxville, TN

Projects and Possibilities and Ideas…oh my!

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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!

Explore on!

S

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the post. I live in Knoxville and didn’t know about a couple of these. How do you find them when you go to a new city?
    I like the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store off of Washington Pike. They always have interesting things for better prices than Goodwill.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Julie! I spend a lot of time with Google, LOL. I’ll definitely have to check out the thrift store you mentioned- thanks for the tip!!

      • This little gem of a thrift store has since closed 😞. It had some great finds and the volunteers were superb! They haven’t announced where their new store will be but were anxiously awaiting. Our little shop is just around the corner from where their store (was)… Come see us at Becca’s Attic for Part 2!

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          Oh no, which thrift store?? Ladies of Charity? That’s so sad, it was a wonderful shop…thanks for letting me know. I’ll definitely put Becca’s Attic on my list for Part 2, though!!

          • Becca's Attic says:

            No, sadly the Disabled American Veterans one.

          • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

            🙁 Well, at the very least, I’m very excited about coming back to Knoxville- y’all have SO MANY shops for me!

  2. I need a bib! For all the drool….gross, I know, but GEEZ! I would lovelovelove to have access to all those yummy places with all their drool-worthy goodies! You lucky gal~

  3. you were only 2hrs from me!! you should have stopped by! 😀
    thanks for the info………..gonna have to pop into these shops next time I head to Cookeville tn.

  4. I find it interesting the ” new & current” clothes I have been seeing in stores look remarkably like the ones on the front page of that 1985 edition of Teen magazine. he,he,he,he

  5. Great places but too far from Oregon!

  6. Sandi Norman says:

    hi, I live in Kingston, 20 minutes from Knoxville, let me know if I can help with any info. I have antique booths in Lenoir City which is close to Knoxville.

  7. Madonna Foy says:

    I’m looking for a 70’s style outfit for my Christmas party, don’t know where to look. Please help me. I have only about 2wks. Thank you

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Where do you live, Madonna? If you’re in Knoxville (since you commented on that post), then I’d recommend Four Seasons Vintage, which used to have a large vintage clothing dealer.

  8. Gina Alazawi says:

    POP Weasel Emporium is a new shop near Ladies of Charity. It’s fun and funky and takes you through the rabbit hole of vintage. It’s on the quiet side of Gay St. in Emory Place.

  9. Thanks for the tips Sarah! I am planning a junking trip up that way soon, and will use this as reference! 🙂 Keisha @ Black & White Antiques

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Knoxville is truly a hidden gem! Read through the comments on the post- if I remember correctly, people had made additional recommendations! I need to find time to do a Part 2 post. 🙂

  10. Becca's Attic says:

    Be sure to stop by Becca’s Attic on your 2nd trip to K-town! We’re also having our 3rd Southern Sweet Tea and Junkin’ Fair on June 3, 2017 with over 40 vendors and food trucks! It’s a junkers, pickers, and DIY’ers paradise.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you! I do plan on a second “junkin’ journey” post there and your shop is on the list now- huge thanks!

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