Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Nashville

Antiquing and Thrift Shopping in Nashville

Nashville, TN is unlike any other city around – blending southern charm, country western feel, and funky scene into one fun city. But when I visit Nashville, I have one specific goal…to hit up the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in town.

architectural salvage in nashville tn

And whenever I visit Nashville, I always combine it with a brief jaunt south to Franklin, TN, as well. Even more junkin’ bang for my buck!

But I won’t digress any further. If you’re heading to Nashville, TN and want to hit some great secondhand shops, let me steer you in the right direction!

antique stores nashville

Antiques and Thrift Stores in Nashville

Preservation Station

For someone like me, Preservation Station is worth a trip to Nashville alone. It is one of my all-time favorite architectural salvage stores that I’ve ever been to.

preservation station

Walking around Preservation Station feels like you’re creeping through the most amazing abandoned castle, surrounded by incredible pieces of reclaimed history. Promise me you’ll check it out, ok?

antique hardware at preservation station

Music City Thrift

If you love HUGE thrift stores, then you’re in luck because Nashville, TN has several of them! And Music City Thrift should definitely be on your thrifting list when you’re in town.

music city thrift

Racks and racks of clothing and countless shelves of housewares greet you as soon as you walk in the door.

Antique Archaeology

I couldn’t NOT check out this antiques store while I was in Nashville. Long before we got rid of cable TV, I was a huge fan of American Pickers.

nashville antiques

And while there were no celebrity sightings while I poked around the store, there was a lot of “junky” eye candy to enjoy.

antique archaeology

This ‘N That Thrift Shop

Of all the thrift stores that I visited, this one was the smallest but perhaps the sweetest, if that makes sense. It was pleasantly crowded and everyone seemed to know each other and chat about their treasures, which I found charming.

thrift stores nashville

The clothing section seemed to be everyone’s favorite as I was mostly alone in housewares, so perhaps they knew something I didn’t know?

Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage

Now, if you’re looking for furniture, antique glassware, or other high end treasures, then this is NOT the shop for you. But if quirky retro treasures with a dash of pleasantly weird and peculiarly nostalgic is more your speed, then get thee to Rusty Rats.

vintage and thrift stores nashville tn

And I say that all as a compliment…being “pleasantly weird” myself.

rusty rats antiques and vintage


One of the other HUGE thrift stores in Nashville, TN that I really enjoyed was ThriftSmart. It had a fantastic supply of furniture (and some vintage pieces that I lingered over) and an even better housewares department.

best thrift stores in nashville

In fact, I hardly thrifted any treasures on this trip, but the ones I found came from this thrift shop.

Have You Gone Junkin’ in Nashville?

Now, there are a few other notable shops that I hit in Nashville but didn’t get quality photos of. I checked out a couple of additional antique malls but truthfully, they weren’t really all that memorable.

nashville antique stores

I did, however, check out Southern Thrift Store, which was the third of the huge thrifts that I discovered. They display housewares on top of clothing racks which is hard for a short person (like me) to easily peruse and photograph.

thrift stores nashville tn

But don’t let that stop you from checking it out!

I’ve also heard great things about the Nashville Flea Market, but alas…I was in town on the wrong dates. But if you’re planning a trip to The Music City, you may want to take the Flea dates into consideration. It just so happens that my friend, Kathy, has a great write-up on the Nashville Flea Market for even more details!

If I missed any of your favorite shops in Nashville, please do let me know! I try to check out as many stores as possible on these junkin’ journeys, but I have been known to miss or overlook amazing stores.

nashville vintage stores

So if I’ve missed one of your favorites or a new one has opened since this was written in 2019, please let me know!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Junkin’ Journey to Nashville. It’s certainly a good one to visit if you can. 

And don’t forget that my first book, “Crafting with Flannel”, is now available. I hope you’ll check it out, as well!

Flannel craft ideas and projects

And here’s a project I made from one of my Nashville finds! I grabbed this ice bucket from ThriftSmart and gave it a vintage farmhouse makeover. Can you believe that my inspo for this project was a $245 Firkin at an antiques fair??

Vintage farmhouse decor from a wooden ice bucket

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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. Béatrice Tanguy says

    Bonjour !!!! Jamais je ne pourrais aller à Nashville …..Bien trop loin de mon petit coin de France !!!!Alors merci pour ces photos ces partages et toutes ces belles idées que vous partagez !!!!! Cordialement votre Béatrice Tanguy qui vous écris de l”Aveyron ( environ de Millau vous savez là où il y a le Viaduc!!!!!!!!)

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Merci Béatrice! J’aime que vous lisiez au sujet de mes aventures en Amérique. J’adorerais faire du shopping d’antiquités en France mais c’est loin pour moi! Nous rêverons donc tous les deux, oui?

  2. Kathryn Wells says

    I used to visit any shop that was second hand; not so much anymore. I moved to a very small home (surprised me and all who know me) with very small space, so, nothing crowded. Therefore, when something catches my eye, I have to really think it thru and ask myself a gazillion questions. If it’s a keeper, then something at home has to go (involves thinking thru, again), always to a worthy thrift store, such as @lovinghandsthriftstore in Bradenton FL. But, all that to say, antiques bring back loving memories of when I decorated my larger home with them, and of the special friends in my life who thought of me when they, too, saw antiques.
    I’m heading to Hendersonville/Asheville (and visiting Greenville, too) soon for a month, look out shops, here we come!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      My junkin’ journey blog posts on Henderson and Asheville are outdated and I plan to update them soon, otherwise I’d send them your way!

  3. Patty Soriano says

    I’ve gotta know…. at This’n’that…. what is the large wooden/brown item on the top shelf in the middle of the photo ?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It was an unusual rocking chair! (I think it was broken, which is why they had it up there and not on the floor).

  4. Marie A Phelps says

    Thank you for this great info. Put on my bucket list!

  5. I wish you had given us a preview of your treasures; I hate having to wait until you have transformed them into something really neat!

  6. shirley freeman says

    I live about one hour from Nashville and love it. thanks for giving me different places to visit.

  7. It looks like you had a great time! I love seeing your great photos and the links to the shop webpages is much appreciated! I need to go to Nashville!

  8. Hi Sadie! I’m your neighbor to the south and was wondering if these are good places for resellers to check out?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hmmm, the thrift stores, perhaps, but not the actual antique stores, I’m afraid. I haven’t been to these stores in a couple of years, but the thrift prices were decent at the time.

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