Shopping in Charlotte, NC: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Charlotte, NC: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Ever since we moved to the Carolinas, I’ve really fallen in love with Charlotte, NC. 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. And so it’s high time for me to blog about shopping in Charlotte, NC – specifically looking for the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Charlotte (and Concord, NC, as well).

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Shopping in Charlotte, NC

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. 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!

Thrift stores Charlotte NC or Charlotte thrift stores at Remix Market or Second Chance Thrift Store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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. 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 or furniture stores Charlotte NC at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Antique Stores Charlotte NC and Charlotte furniture stores at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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.  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.

Shopping in Charlotte NC for thrift stores Charlotte NC or Charlotte thrift stores at Assistance League thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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? And it’s seriously a “vintage destination” in the southeast. From architectural salvage, to primitives, to midcentury modern, it’s an amazing array of treasures. Just make sure you set aside a good chunk of time and wear comfortable shoes when you go- it’s THAT huge!

Shopping in Charlotte NC for antiques Charlotte NC or antique stores at The Depot at Gibson Mill by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Antique stores Charlotte NC and architectural salvage Charlotte NC at The Depot at Gibson Mill by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Antique stores Charlotte NC and furniture stores Charlotte NC at The Depot at Gibson Mill by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

CVAN’s Cool Used Stuff

This shop came recommended to me by my friends, The Vintage Types (who also have a few booths at The Depot). And while it’s heavier on clothes than housewares, I still found a few treasures. Of particular note, CVANs has a very nice book room that was neat and tidy (often a rarity in thrift stores) and an impressive selection of plus-size clothing. I know the latter can be hard to find in the world of secondhand shopping, so I wanted to make sure and point that out!

Charlotte thrift stores and thrift stores Charlotte NC at CVAN's Cool Used Stuff by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Value Village

Value Village thrift stores are nationwide, but can you believe I’d never been in one before? There are actually three of them in Charlotte alone and I visited the one on South Blvd. It had a terrific selection of housewares which made me regret not checking out the other two! (The clothing selection was impressive, too – but I’m a heat seeking missile when it comes to the housewares section.). Prices were good, selection was good, what’s not to love?

Thrift Stores Charlotte NC and Charlotte thrift stores at Value Village by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crossland Studio

I debated whether or not I should include this one because my visit came in the nick of time – the owners are retiring and this architectural salvage shop is closing (or perhaps already closed). But the interior was just so gorgeous with the stained glass windows hanging from the ceiling…so I decided to include it in my list nonetheless.

Shopping in Charlotte NC for architectural salvage and antique stores Charlotte NC at Crossland Studio by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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Also of note – I swung by 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.

Let me know if I missed any of your favorite thrift stores, vintage, architectural salvage, or antique stores in Charlotte, NC. I’ll definitely be heading back and will update this blog post the best of my ability as time goes on. And let me know if you go shopping in Charlotte, NC at any of these stores – I’d love to hear what you think!

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. 🙂

    • http://Sadie%20Seasongoods 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. http://Jon%20Maria%20and%20Bruce 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!

    • http://Sadie%20Seasongoods 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. http://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. http://Rachael%20Schuler 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!

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