Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Charlotte

Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Charlotte

When I first published this Junkin’ Journey to Charlotte, NC, I was just a visitor from out of town. But fast forward to current day and I’m now I resident! It’s just the right-sized city for me- big enough to have it all and “feel” like a city, but not ridiculously overwhelming or impossible to navigate. So, I’ve updated my post with a few new places- antiques stores, thrift stores, and anything secondhand.

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And let me just say, I really am lucky to live here. We have some GREAT shops that I can share with you, and we’re not far from other junkin’ destinations, either. 

Antiques and Thrift Stores in Charlotte, NC

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

I’ve been a fan of Sleepy Poet for years now, and in a roundabout way, they helped me launch my blog (the window frame in my inaugural blog post was purchased there)! What I love about Sleepy Poet is that it’s a wonderful labyrinth of antiques and vintage, but doesn’t have the stuffy feel of your average antiques mall.

antique stores charlotte nc

I always see a wide range of shoppers there – young, old, guys, gals – which tells me they appeal across the spectrum. And for good reason!

antiques charlotte nc at the sleepy poet

They’re also moving to a larger, better location soon. So, I’ll definitely update this post again once all the dealers are re-settled in the new spot!

Assistance League of Charlotte Thrift Store

Of all the thrifts in Charlotte, this one came most recommended (from a variety of sources), so I had high hopes. And it did not disappoint! For a thrift store on a Thursday morning (when I visited), it was pretty crowded.

assistance league thrift store in clt

But it’s a huge store, so that’s just an observation, not a complaint. It also confirmed to me that this is definitely a popular place.

And with so much furniture and some pretty awesome housewares, I completely understood its popularity among Charlotte locals.

thrift stores charlotte nc

South End Exchange

I don’t always include furniture consignment stores in my Junkin’ Journey blog posts, but South End Exchange is JUST THAT GOOD.

south end exchange for used furniture in charlotte

It offers a constantly-rotating and highly curated mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and furnishings. And it’s ideal for those of us with eclectic tastes, such as yours truly. 

used furniture stores in clt

Remix Market

This shop may have been a last-minute addition to my original itinerary, but it ended up being one of my very favorite stops. Any time I can find a thrift store that boasts a majority percentage of vintage on its shelves, they have a fan for life in me.

best thrift stores in charlotte nc

Part of me would have loved to keep this shop a secret because it’s that good…but most of me knew it was best to share them with you!

The Depot at Gibson Mill

I found out about The Depot many years ago while “The Hunger Games” was being filmed. Why? Because the set designers bought a ton of antiques at The Depot (for the scenes in District 12) – how cool is that?

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And it’s seriously a “vintage destination” for anyone doing antiquing in the southeast. From architectural salvage, to primitives, to midcentury modern, it’s an amazing array of treasures.

architectural salvage charlotte nc at the depot

Just make sure you set aside a good chunk of time and wear comfortable shoes when you go- it’s THAT huge!

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures is the closest thing that I’ve found in Charlotte to be considered a “junk store”. And I use that term lovingly!

junk stores and thrift stores charlotte nc

It’s a hodge podge of antiques, retro clothing, thrift wares, and used furniture- all in one spot. Some booths are neater than others, so you may have to dig a bit.

But that’s part of the fun in true junking, now isn’t it?

Have You Gone Junkin’ in Charlotte?

Also of note, I love the Habitat ReStore on Wendover Rd. and let me tell you. It is MASSIVE AND AMAZING! So, if you are in the market for used furniture, housewares, or other typical Habitat wares, make sure this ReStore is on your list.

habitat restore on wendover

Charlotte also boasts a LOT of Goodwill stores, including “The GW” (higher end boutique) and “The Grid”, which specializes in computers and gaming systems.

We also have a few Value Village thrift stores in town. And I NEVER leave those shops empty handed- they always have housewares (and sometimes linens) that are perfect for projects.

thrift stores charlotte nc at value village

I’ve also heard really great things about the following shops, as well, and plan to hit them soon:

As you know, stores open and close all the time- and at the time this was written, these were my favorite secondhand shopping spots in The Queen City. Please let me know if I missed any of your favorite thrift stores, vintage, architectural salvage, or antique stores in Charlotte, NC, though!

thrift stores in the queen city

And I’ve been junkin’ in other places, too- check out all the places I’ve traveled to here and start planning your own junkin’ journey!

Explore on!

S

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Comments

  1. Hi Sadie – This is a great post for me. I moved to the Columbia SC area 3 years ago from PA. I had a lot of great thrift stores there. Since coming to SC, I have not found as many – I have gone to a few, but none were great. Taking a trip to Charlotte is now on my list of places to go now. Thanks for the list. 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Diane, I have a whole series of these Junkin’ Journey posts with several in SC (including Columbia) and NC- definitely check them out!

  2. Now I want to go to Charlotte to shop! Thanks for the recommendations.

  3. Jon Maria and Bruce says

    Sarah, so glad you had fun treasure hunting in our neck of the woods! You found some places we didn’t even know about so we can’t wait to check them out. Hope you can come back to Charlotte and Concord soon!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you SO much for all the recommendations and information you sent to me- it made a world of difference, and I can’t wait for you to check out Remix Market.

  4. paulasweetpea says

    My husband works in Charlotte every now and then and I usually go with him. The next time I go, I’m going to check out some of these stores.

  5. Rachael Schuler says

    If you are short on time but want a great selection of vintage, rustic, shabby chic, antiques and more, check out Treasure Junkies Marketplace at 301 N. Polk Street in Pineville. It’s been open about 4 months. Super cute and has about 15 vendors.

  6. Charlotte has been on my ‘must visit’ list for awhile after reading about some of the flea markets… I’ve only ever seen the airport, so it will be nice to get out!

  7. Cindy gann says

    do you have any 32 x 80 doors with glass on top?

  8. Janet Cheek says

    Do you know if any of these sites would be interested in buying some antique shutters from a old mansion in Durham? I’ve had them for 40 years.

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