Junkin’ Journey: Louisville, Kentucky

Junkin’ Journey: Louisville, Kentucky

When you enjoy exploring new places for vintage treasures…and your husband enjoys good bourbon… and you BOTH enjoy a fun road trip, then the perfect place to go is Kentucky! This time around, we decided to explore Louisville…but I can definitely see future trips to KY in our future (I’m looking at you, Lexington).

We spent an extended Memorial Day weekend checking out shops around town, distilleries in the area, and a vintage market that coincided with our visit. There was an awful lot to see and discover, and I know I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the vintage & antiques shops in the area…but I discovered a few and wanted to share what I found!


Architectural Salvage

So this place…I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams how amazing it would be. And, truth be told, visiting it was worth the trek from Greenville to Louisville alone. It is a mind-boggling labyrinth of rooms, hallways, stairwells, and yards…filled with salvaged treasures…all bewilderingly connected, almost encouraging you to get lost. Which I did…over and over again…even Jon with his innate sense of direction got turned around. But, neither of us minded one bit.

Architectural Salvage in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A corridor of treasures…

Architectural Salvage in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bought me a shutter from this pile!

Architectural Salvage in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com


One for All Secondhand Store

There is truth to the saying “Not all thrift stores are created equal”…and if that’s not even a saying, it really ought to be! Not only because it’s the absolute truth, but because shops like One for All really stand out. It’s a two-story gem filled with a really impressive clothing selection and a terrific selection of housewares and home décor pieces- I’d definitely go back again whenever I return to Louisville.

One for All Secondhand Store Thrift in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A bird’s eye view of the treasures…

South Louisville Antique and Toy Mall

Before our trip, I always research endlessly for the best shops to hit- and this one popped up on my radar as a place Jon would love. I knew it wouldn’t be a shop that would yield anything for a potential blog project- and I was right- but in the end, I loved it, too! The nostalgia factor is worth the trip alone- Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, vintage Barbie dolls- but perhaps the most exciting find for me was a vintage aqua toy truck. Finding the perfect one has been on my pickin’ bucket list for a long time!

South Louisville Antique and Toy Mall / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I can still name most of them…

South Louisville Antique and Toy Mall / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That lil’ cutie pie is mine, all mine!

Mellwood Antiques Mall

Mellwood came up in my research because of the flea market they host once a month from April through October. Of course, our weekend didn’t match up with their schedule- darn that Murphy and his annoying law!- but we visited this massive mall nonetheless! It would be a great place if we were in the market for furniture, but perhaps my favorite “piece” was an old spice jar display that had been repurposed to hold thousands of hardware bits.

Mellwood Antique Mall in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A funky mid-mod booth at Mellwood

Mellwood Antique Mall in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Best hardware organizer EVER!

Joe Ley Antiques

Those in the know will tell you that Joe Ley Antiques is a Louisville experience that shouldn’t be missed- and they are absolutely right! Set in a turn-of-the-20th-century schoolhouse (so you KNOW it’s a little cool/creepy already), Joe Ley is a series of three creeky floors of antiques and architectural salvage. But here’s more enticement- when you enter, you are given a decoder because the prices are encrypted! It’s like being dropped into a Victorian spy thriller while you’re surrounded by fantastical relics of the past- AND you’re hunting for the perfect, unique treasure.

Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A ceiling of sparkles…

Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a little taste of Joe Ley…

Re-Tail Thrift Shop

Surprise, surprise- of course I sought out a pet-charity thrift shop, they’re my favorite kind! Louisville’s Re-Tail did not disappoint, it was a welcoming shop that was brightly lit and filled with delightful merchandise. Plenty of vintage-y goodness, so you know I was a happy camper. I can’t help but spend money in animal-aid shops, so I left with a bagful for goodies. Another shop that I’d definitely re-visit next time we’re in town.

Re-tail Thrift Store in Louisville, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A vintage corner to peruse.


And when we weren’t pickin’ and shoppin’, we were seeing the sites and visiting some of the many distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We visited Heaven Hill in Bardstown

Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY Kentucky / www.sadieseasongoods.com

23,000 barrels of booze on the wall…23,000 barrels of booze…(sing it with me)

And on our way home, we checked out the incomparably gorgeous Woodford Reserve.

So, what did we miss in Louisville?? I know, I know- we missed a LOT….so maybe we just need a Part II. But if you know the area, give me some recommendations…for Lexington, too!

Oh, and if you ever see a crazy lady on the side of a highway taking photos of poppies & wildflowers, it just might be me on one of our adventures!!

Wildflowers along Interstate 40 in North Carolina / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A lovely way to end our trip…

Junk on!



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  1. I’m a new follower, I believe I found you through Pinterest, dying a clutch a fabulous shade of turquoise. I really enjoyed this posting. I did a bit of antiquing last week in Adamstown, Pa and I get it! I will most definitely keep Louisville in mind for a future trip. It looks delightful!

    • Thanks, Nanette- and welcome! I’m so glad you found me, and I hope you checked out my other projects. 🙂 My entire blog is dedicated to repurposing and upcycling (like that clutch) and the chronicles of my junking adventures. Haven’t hit PA yet, but I KNOW there are some amazing antiquing spots there. 🙂

  2. Wow, what a fun tour! I’m getting the bug, but can’t get out due to broken bones this summer. You shoulda shown us your purchases, but guess that’s coming, right?

  3. Sarah,
    Tickled Pink is one of my favs, but because they are Pickers they are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. They reserve those days to go to estate sales and yard sales.
    That being said I haven’t been to tickled pink in a long time but I should definitely go soon.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in my hometown.


    • I had read about Tickled Pink but saw that they were closed!! And I also meant to call you in advance to remind you that were coming…but forgot to do so…and I didn’t want to put you on the spot once we were there. Bah!!! Will definitely plan better next time.

  4. I will certainly reference this post the next time I am near Louisville. I would especially like to go to the architectural salvage warehouse and Joe Ley Antiques. I am in Illinois and I’ve heard of Joey Ley Antiques.

  5. When your post title was for Louisville, I wondered if you’d go to Joe Key. Isn’t that pricing system the wildest thing? I think you nailed the description. Haven’t been to any of the others, but your trip sure looked like a great tour for junkies like us. Always a treat to read these tour posts of yours, Sarah. Thanks!

  6. Great places to explore!

  7. We live about an hour and a half from Louisville! This would be fun to do sometime (without the kids of course!). These are some really neat shops! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup!

  8. Just as an aside, have you considered sharing buttons for your site? I’m sure it would really boost engagement for you, but I can’t find share buttons anywhere! If you need any recommendations, let me know. 🙂

  9. How fun! So many great places close together!! Love the turquoise truck too!

  10. So glad you liked your visit to our fair state of Kentucky. When you come back to Lexington where I lived for a bit, you might want to venture north about 20 minutes to Georgetown, now my home. Our main street has several antique stores. I’m originally from the Mammoth Cave which is a part of KY you must put on your list.

    • Thank you, Joy!!! The pictures of Mammoth Cave are amazing…you are very right, we’ll have to put that on our list for sure! (And I think Bowling Green, KY has a plethora of shops, too- not far from Mammoth)

  11. Junkin and good bourbon go hand in hand to me!

  12. What a lovely trip. I love the photos. Seems like you’ve had a great time and to be honest you made me a bit jelly, but Kentucky is destination which is in my travel list now.

  13. What a fun tour! I keep saying that I’m going to make pictures when I go thrifting, junking or estate sales and I never do! You’ve just inspired me! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. :-O I’m in awe of the first place – I want to go and get lost in there! Oh my. And your little blue truck – perfection! What fun. Thanks for taking us along.

  15. Sarah, this is a great tour of Louisville. We were there years ago for The Kentucky Derby and had a fabulous time. Next time we go, I’ll be sure to check out these places. Thanks for sharing this travel tour at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  16. I would love to run across all of the architectural salvage!!

    Happy Thoughts of Home. Pinning.

  17. How fun! Looks like you had a great time!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. We make an occasional trip to Louisville! Some day when the kids are older, I’d love to check out these places.

  19. This looks like a fun shopping trip. I can’t wait to see what you create with all of the things you got.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

  20. I am putting Louisville on my list of places to go junking. Don’t know when I’ll get there but I’ll be referring back to your post when I do. Thank you for sharing all you fantastic junking info at Vintage Charm.

  21. I moved to Louisville a few years ago and love it! The next time you’re in town, be sure to visit the Peddler’s Malls (there are several) and Yesternook in Germantown. Both are great junking places and have much better prices than some you have listed. Glad you enjoyed my beautiful city!

  22. Tickled Pink is my favorite in Louisville. It’s a two-story house, plus a basement, filled with goodies. The garage is their Rough Room, and there are items set up in the front and back yards on Sundays (weather permitting). And they recently added a second shop, right next door! They’re closed on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is their big day of the week, and it’s cash or check only on Sundays. I just received a gift certificate for Christmas and can’t wait to see what goodies I can pick with it!

  23. Kay Gilbert says:

    I really enjoyed your blog! I do have a question: I have several vintage items from the 60’s that I never did anything with including my Barbie and her beautiful clothes. What would you recommend I do so someone else could enjoy them?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I would try selling them on Ebay or Etsy- most antiques stores won’t pay you much for them if you went the consignment route.


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