Shopping in Chattanooga, TN: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Chattanooga, TN: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Time again for another one of my junkin’ road trips, and this time I decided to do some shopping in Chattanooga, TN. And of course, the type of shopping I’m interested in is antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Chattanooga, and I’ve gathered up my favorites to share with you!

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Shopping in Chattanooga, TN

The Refindery on McCallie

This was the first shop we hit on our adventure, which set the bar awfully high for the shops that followed. The Refindery is equal parts architectural salvage and retro/vintage home goods…so you really get the best of both worlds! I oohed and ahhed over salvaged bits, but found treasures throughout the store. I didn’t snap a pic, but I finally found an awesome vintage plaid thermos to add to my holiday décor- huzzah!

Shopping in Chattanooga TN for architectural salvage and antiques at The Refindery on McCallie by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Antique stores Chattanooga and antiques chattanooga at The Refindery on McCallie by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vinterest Antiques

Vinterest has been on my radar for a number of years now, and was one of the “hooks” that spurred my roadtrip to Chattanooga, TN. And I was NOT disappointed! This is a fun shop if your aesthetic is shabby/cottage with a touch of farmhouse thrown in for good measure. Lots of painted furniture and vintage elements throughout the store- as well as décor inspiration, which is always a good thing.

Furniture stores Chattanooga or antique stores Chattanooga at Vinterest for vintage shopping by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Deja Nu Thrift Store

Friends, what’s a junkin’ journey without an animal-based charity shop?? Y’all know I seek them out wherever I go- and Chattanooga, TN was no exception! So, we checked out this local humane society shop and I’m happy to report that it’s a winner! A nice mix of housewares and clothing for sure, but it was the wall of handbags that made me most excited.

Thrift stores chattanooga or Chattanooga thrift stores include Deja Nu thrift store from Humane Educational Society by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The Insyde Outsyde Shop

This store was probably the “October Surprise” of the trip- I didn’t have any expectations for it but it seriously BLEW ME AWAY. It is definitely for furniture shopping- which we aren’t in the market for right now, booo!- and the prices are absolutely phenomenal. Mr. Seasongoods has already stated that this shop was worth the trip alone and when we ARE in the market for furniture, he says we’ll be coming here first.

Shopping in Chattanooga TN for antiques and furniture stores Chattanooga at The Insyde Outsyde Shop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Antique stores chattanooga and furniture stores Chattanooga include The Insyde Outsyde Shop by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Estate of Confusion – Closed in 2017

Gosh, I just love the name of this store…and it describes it perfectly. This is hardcore architectural salvage- and by that I mean, watch your step! I think it was the selection of metal elements that was most intriguing for me- trellises, gates, etc. Definitely an interesting adventure in and of itself if you’re ever near downtown Chattanooga.

Shopping in Chattanooga TN for architectural salvage at Estate of Confusion for antiques Chattanooga by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

 

Antiques Chattanooga or antique stores Chattanooga at Estate of Confusion for architectural salvage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

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Comments

  1. Wow, that looked like a fun trip!! Glad you didn’t have to have your car heater on high, lol!

  2. Fun! Estate of Confusion – love the name – I think that’s what my basement inventory storage is.

  3. I am bookmarking ANOTHER of your trips, such fun! You can add travel agent to your resume.
    Thanks!

  4. O,K, What a lovely trip I so wish I lived closer…….thanks for sharing with a person who literally loves the hunt…….

  5. I’m liking Finders Keepers, just for the sign on the wall that says Pearl – that’s what we named out tiny house – Pearls Place, after hubby’s aunt who left him a bit of money in her will – we used it to build the house! I love your road trips.

  6. Fonda Rush says:

    What’s a 8+ hour trip for? Love to go, so I’ll book mark it!

  7. I’m so glad you came our way! I live near Chattanooga, and Vinterest has become a second home to me! Made many purchases from Insyde Outside as well!

  8. You found some great shops to explore!

  9. Those little round things in a bowl. Are they rosettes? Are they made of metal and have a place to screw in a handle. If they are rosettes, you dip them in a thin cookie mix (pourable) and deep fry them. Pry off gently with a fork and sprinkle powdered sugar on them. Yum!

  10. Looks like I need to head back to Chattanooga! Thanks for sharing all of your great adventures.

  11. Thank you so much for including my shop, The Insyde Outsyde Shop.

  12. I live in Chattanooga now! It’s not NYC but then again…..enjoying everything here!

    • Ha! I can see it being a HUGE cultural shift from NYC. 🙂 I’m from Chicago but live in Greenville, SC…so I get it. But we do get to live in a gorgeous part of the country now, don’t we?

  13. Thanks for a great review of MY town. One you missed was Hunt & Burrow. Not all junk but great handmade and antiques.

  14. You have absolutely named several of my favorites here! The Refindery has enough diversity to make any stop a winner….and Vinterest is a newcomer who has become hugely popular too….but come back to Chattanooga and the surrounding area….there are 5-6 places that you haven’t mentioned like Joy’s United Antiques and Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques both in Ringgold and a slew of antique shops on Ringgold Road by I-75. Many great great options in this area with super prices and varieties.

  15. Thanks for visiting Chattanooga and giving such a fun review of some of my favorite places!

  16. Wow…how fun! 🙂

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  17. Yes, I have been to Chattanooga several times. My sister used to have an antique shop there, Dayton and Pikeville, TN. I am so glad that you went back and enjoyed it. I love to go there and to some of the auctions there also. You had some places that I haven’t been and enjoyed reading about them. Will have to visit. I love to follow you around on your trips. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
    Betty Whatley
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  18. I love Chattanooga! We just made a trip for Fall Break. I’m definitely going to have to make another trip to do some junkin!

  19. I’ve been to Chattanooga but never thrifted and antiqued there but it is going on my list of places to go. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  20. JaneEllen says:

    Let me say first, Grand Junction, CO is not into antiques as much as other places we’ve lived. There are maybe few shops downtown, that’s it, as far as I know. They do not have antique shows, total bummer. Have lots of thrift stores but prices are outrageous compared to other places we’ve lived. Sorry, but it’s true, as far as I know.
    Reading about all those incredible shops in Chattanooga made me pine for KY where we lived for 5 yrs. before CO, talk about plethora of incredible thrift and antique stores. Plus other states are so close to get to from KY. Still miss our house and land there, plus prices of real estate. Prices here are like southern CA. where we lived for 21 yrs.Too bad weather was so bad for me in KY, is why we left to move here. Just can’t please everybody lol. If I’d had my druthers we’d have moved back to MT where we lived before KY, before KY, MT., before MT, San Diego areas. Before S.D.,Tucson.
    Hope you’re having great Fall weather. Enjoy your Sunday

  21. Amanda Kolb says:

    I LOVE Chattanooga! I lived there for 5 years and still miss it. If you are ever back in the area, check out The Knitting Mill, its on the north side of the river from downtown. Has a mix of junk, antiques and handmade items.

  22. You certainly found some great shops here in Chattanooga, but you missed some awesome ones at the East Ridge Antique District. The area has several shops all in one location, so you can park your car and walk around the District. My favorite shop is The Mason Jar Mercantile, but then I own it! I think you’d find this area a fun place to visit the next time you’re in our area.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Paula- I’m always looking for recommendations as I explore the South! I’d love to go back to Chattanooga and check out your shop sometime- will let you know if that ever happens! We ate at a TERRIFIC Cuban restaurant in Chatt and would totally go back for that alone, LOL.

  23. Thanks for this! I looked up each place and, as others said, The Knitting Mill is closed (which you didn’t mention but someone did in the comments). Estate of Confusion and Second Chance Thrift Shop also appear to have gone the way of the dodo. It still leaves a lot to check out – thank you! (I also, in looking for The Knitting Mill, found Dirty Jane’s Antiques and Retro Revolution, which may have moved from there?) Thank you!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, the Knitting Mill closed a week or 2 before our trip- and as you can see, that blog post was from 2016. Sad to hear when stores close after I wrote about them, but that’s the nature of the business, I guess. Those two new stores you mentioned sound pretty awesome, though!

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