Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Hickory, NC

Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Hickory, NC

Now that we live in the Charlotte area of North Carolina, we’re always looking for day trips from Charlotte. And it just so happens that one of our favorites is going to Hickory, NC. Because, even though it’s not a major city, there are a BUNCH of fantastic antiques and thrift stores in Hickory.

antique stores in hickory nc

I don’t know if it’s the area’s rich history in furniture-making or what, but for thrifters like me, Hickory is a worthy destination. Between the thrift shops and our #1 favorite Mid Century Modern decor shop, we head to Hickory about once a month.

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You may recall how I mentioned various shops in Hickory in this post about thrift shopping for our new home!

And while gas prices are definitely a prohibitive factor for long-distance traveling, I’ve definitely been feeling the road trip itch lately. So, I figured it was high time I added a new Junkin’ Journey travel post to my extensive collection.

furniture shopping in hickory

Please allow me to introduce you to the antiques and thrift stores in Hickory, NC that I fancy the most. And if you know the secondhand scene in this particular area and have other recommendations for me, I am definitely all ears!

Antiques and Thrift Stores in Hickory, NC

Vintage Blue

The number one reason that we day trip to Hickory from the Charlotte area is this shop, Vintage Blue. It’s a retro decor shop dedicated to mid century modern style furniture and furnishings, and we just LOVE this store.

antique stores hickory nc

Not only is the shop full of amazing atomic-era pieces, but they are quite affordable compared to many MCM stores. At least in our limited experience! The owners, Lana and Kevin, are also incredibly kind, friendly people, as well. Either way, I can’t recommend Vintage Blue enough for anyone who loves mid century decor.

mid century modern decor at vintage blue

The Rose Thrift and More

This thrift store was a total surprise- in the very best way! I love a thrift store that is merchandised smartly and feels more like a consignment shop than a jumbled thrift. Which is exactly what the Rose Thrift and More felt like- something nicer than your run-of-the-mill charity shop.

thrift stores hickory nc

And while it didn’t boast a massive furniture selection, it DID offer a huge clothing section that felt like a funky vintage boutique. And the housewares side of the shop was well organized and jam-packed.

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When you come, carve out a nice chunk of time to wander throughout the store. There is a LOT to see (and potentially miss)- so walking it twice is a must-do.

ReSource Warehouse

Like 31 Thrift and More, ReSource Warehouse is another fabulous thrift store in Hickory, NC. Unlike 31 Thrift and More, however, it features a TREMENDOUS amount of furniture- in addition to lots of clothing and housewares.

resource warehouse

On top of the selection, the furniture prices are really impressive- lower than you’d expect from modern-day thrift stores. Remember this MCM Broyhill china cabinet that we found? It came from ReSource Warehouse!

shopping in hickory north carolina

If you’re in the market for used furniture, definitely put this thrift store near the top of your list.

Hickory Tree Consignment

Usually I stick to antiques shops and thrift stores on these Junkin’ Journeys. But every so often, a home consignment store gets included in the mix. And since Hickory is often referred to as “The Furniture Capital of the World”, consigning furniture is a big deal.

Which is why I included my favorite local consignment shop (The Hickory Tree) in this post!

hickory tree consignment

While they do occasionally offer vintage pieces, they’re usually well stocked with more contemporary furnishings and a lot of wall decor. In fact, wall hangings are what we’ve purchased there in the past.

consignment furniture store in north carolina

So, if newer furniture and decor is more your speed, Hickory Tree Consignment should be a must-go. Heck, even if it’s not, you may just find a treasure in their midst of ever-changing inventory.

Have You Gone Junkin’ in Hickory?

Another thrift store in Hickory that is worth mentioning is their Hospice ReSale Shop. They almost ALWAYS have some interesting or unusual antiques in their inventory when I swing by.

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There’s also a Hickory Antiques Mall that I’ve yet to check out, as well as national chain thrifts including a Habitat ReStore (which also boasts a LOT of furniture).

thrift stores in hickory nc

And, while not in Hickory (but just a few miles away in Newton, NC), I wanted to give a shout out to Rescue Retail. It’s a humane society thrift store that is positively DARLING and worth checking out if you’re in the area!

rescue retail in newton, nc


As you know, stores open and close all the time- and these were my favorite secondhand shops that I found in Hickory, NC. However, it’s always possible that I missed places that deserve a mention.

So, if you have suggestions for future trips to the area, please let me know!

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I hope you enjoyed my latest Junkin’ Journey and fingers crossed that I’ll be able to squeeze in another one before the year ends.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Mandy Williams says

    Great post! I always enjoy these. I am knocked out by how wonderfully everything is displayed. Most of the stores I visit in metro Atlanta could learn plenty from the folks in Hickory.

  2. Did you get any treasures to show us? I do hope you didn’t go away empty handed!!! Enjoyed virtual shopping with you!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      A couple of pieces for the house, yes! (They were in my post from a couple of weeks ago that showcased all the furnishings we had thrifted and purchased so far.)

  3. Let me know if you decide to come over to Hendersonville, just under 2 hours west of you. We have lots of thrift shops, many have moved or closed recently, but new ones have opened. I’d love to go thrifting with you!

  4. So very cool. Looks like a wonderful time.

  5. JM Taylor says

    I’m ready for a road trip to Hickory to check out these great spots!

  6. If you love Antique stores… the next time you are in Hickory, check out Acme Antique Market on the square in Downtown Hickory.
    The owner is a wealth of information!! So kind! It’s worth a visit just to talk with her!

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