Shopping in Athens, GA: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Athens, GA: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

If you’re not familiar with Athens, Georgia, then you probably don’t follow college football (University of Georgia is located in Athens). Music fans know of Athens thanks to hometown bands such as the B-52s and R.E.M, but I’m here to talk to you about shopping in Athens, GA. Specifically…the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Athens, GA!

Word of warning- check the Saturday game schedule before you make the trip if you visit in the Fall! I hit it up the first Saturday of Spring Break, which was the perfect time to go junkin’… want to see what I discovered?

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Shopping in Athens, GA

Lexington Vintage

So, let me tell you- this vintage / antiques shop was a complete and utter surprise…AND I swear, it’s truly a case of “If Sadie was a store”. From the moment we parked (in front of gorgeous salvaged gates), to the moment we walked in (two stories of well-curated vintage pieces, repurposed art, and architectural salvage), to the moment we finished paying for our treasures (chippy spindles from the friendliest gal imaginable), it was love at first sight AND purchase. I highly, highly recommend this shop- to anyone who enjoys quirky vintage and project inspiration.

Antique stores Athens GA and Athens antiques and antiques Athens GA such as Lexington Vintage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And they also boast the best selection of architectural salvage in Athens, GA, too.

Architectural salvage Athens GA at Lexington Vintage is antiques stores in Athens GA by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shopping in Athens for architectual salvage, antiques, vintage, and furniture stores at Lexington Vintage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Weekend A’Fair

This antiques store was quaint and cute, tucked inside a little white house. After some of the colorful, eclectic shops we’d hit earlier, it seemed far more sophisticated! But it was not without character- that’s for sure…an entire room of wonderfully organized record albums and LPs made sure of that! And I couldn’t help but swoon over the vintage-y kitchen at one end of the house. I almost asked for a cuppa while I was there, but it seemed a bit forward…

Athens antiques and antique stores athens GA and furniture stores in Athens GA at Weekend A'Fair by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Emmanuel Episcopal Thrift House

Another little shop tucked into a small white house- two on the same trip! But instead of antiques, this one was a charming little thrift store. It was full but organized and boasted plenty of vintage treasures in its housewares area. They had a really lovely collection of old books- If I had been in the market for some, they would have come home with me! But I found some ‘70s crewel that I just couldn’t live without- and I’ll definitely go back next time I’m in town.

Thrift stores Athens GA and Athens thrift store at Emmanuel Episcopal Thrift House by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Junk in the Trunk

This vintage shop had been on my “need-to-check-out” list for a while…I don’t recall how it ended up on my radar, but it did and it didn’t disappoint. My favorite part, though, was the front yard- scattered with fun & funky “junk”, like wrought iron pieces, old potting benches, and plant stands. I’m also a big fan of junky gardening or garden junk, and this is definitely the antiques store for that, as well.

Shopping in Athens GA for antiques Athens GA or antique stores Athens GA at Junk in the Trunk by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Junk in the Trunk Athens GA is a favorite antiques store Athens GA for vintage and architectural salvage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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We simply ran out of time to hit everything. But we DID find time to eat at our favorite spot in Athens- Heirloom Café. It’s a farm to table restaurant in Athens, GA located inside a converted old gas station! Right up my “reuse” alley.

Shopping in Athens GA eat at Heirloom Cafe for farm to table restaurant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

As you know, stores open and close all the time- and at the time this was written (April 2016), these were my favorite antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Athens, GA. Now that several years have passed, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are there new antiques stores or thrift stores in Athens that I should check out?

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. Thank you for the tour, Sarah! It must have been fun to check out those shops. Lots of great treasures. I’m in love with those awesome doors.

  2. What a treasure you’ve found in this little town!…The beautiful ironwork at the first shop, and the organized shelves with all the plates and teacups @ Attic Treasures would have me swooning!…loved it all. Now to tell hubby that I want to go to Georgia!

  3. Camp Cammidge says

    What a great story about the marble marbles. I would have pictured tiny little workmen chipping them into shape, but the real method is even more fabulous. What a great trip, thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like a fun trip! You make me want to take weekends away every weekend!

  5. I saw many things I loved especially those doors,

  6. distresseddonna says

    I need a trip to Athens! Make sure you go up the road a piece to Statham – it’s worth it!

  7. How fun! My kind of shopping!

  8. We are the same constanlly looking for this little antiques, vintage or thrifty stores, and every time I travel is a most to visit them.

  9. Athens is one of my favorite places to visit not only for the football but the antiques too. I was introduced to the delights of Athens when my daughter went to UGA but after reading your post an visit is in order. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Thanks for taking us along!

  11. Thank you so much for including us on your tour review. I look forward to meeting those who come let your recommendation!

    • You are so very welcome, Bonnie- I would LOVE to have a shop like yours in Greenville, SC…but I never mind driving to Athens for the day. Lunch at Heirloom and shopping at Lexington Vintage, each and every time I go!

  12. In Athens, there are 2 Habitat Restores that have reclaimed items from remodels and demolitions. About 10 miles west of Athens, Statham GA, has several antique stores in their little downtown area.

  13. Oh a dream trip! I do love architectural salvage… those doors…. sigh…
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  14. Jennifer Crum says

    You need to check out Rusty Dusty Antiques in Winterville, Ga. They have a Facebook page as well.

  15. When, I take my tour bus trip through America, Athens Ga is place I need to stop,

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  16. Comin' Down The Track says
  17. You should come right down the street to Statham, GA we have 7 shops an auction and Spanish deli all within walking distance on the train tracks….cute little town

  18. Jann Ward says

    Check out Sweet Jasmine in Winder. Downtown Winder also has several shops. For a road trip, Pine Mountain is a great antique destination.

  19. I’m planning a trip to Georgia this summer and would love to check this out. Thanks for stopping by Celebrate Your Story.

  20. I told my hubby that I want to go to Athens, Georgia and he said, ” well, we’ve never been to Georgia so I’ll take you next week on our way to the beach”!…so I have to take notes from your post and all the great comments.

  21. Hoschton/Braselton have some great shops. The Porch Frog, Fox and Hound, Farmhouse Antiques. Braselton Antiques, A Flea An’tique and Countryside are just a few.

  22. Sarah, these all look like great shops full of lots of treasures!! Love those amazing doors!! It would be neat to go pickin in Athens someday.

  23. Next time you are in the market for shopping southern treasures, go to farmhouse Antiques in brasselton, ga. I stumbled upon it by accident, while searching for something else. He has unusual hours because he has a full time job elsewhere. So check his schedule ahead of time. He has incredible contacts and taste. Love, love, love this piece of vintage heaven. Oh, and around the holidays, OMG!!!!!

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