Scott Antique Market has long been Atlanta’s go-to source for those vintage gems that give a room character. But the monthly schedule and out-of-the-way location aren’t always convenient. Fortunately, thanks to a glut of antiques- and auction-themed TV shows, plus the popularity of repurposed nostalgic and industrial finds, antiques malls are thriving. Says interior designer Sherry Hart, “You can’t get that curated look in a house by going to HomeGoods or other retail stores. Everybody loves a good trash-to-treasure makeover using flea-market finds.” Here are some of our favorite haunts.
Chamblee: “If I am looking for small treasures for bookshelves—or old books themselves—I love My Favorite Place,” says Hart. Nearby on Broad Street, a row of stores such as Chamblee Antiques and Interiors, Rust ’n’ Dust, and Broad Street Antique Mall offer hours of browsing. Set designers for locally filmed movies often head here for period pieces. My Favorite Place, 596 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Chamblee, 770-452-8397;
Antiques & Beyond: This Cheshire Bridge market leans toward high-end furnishings. “I go to Antiques & Beyond when I need a little more sophisticated look,” says Hart. “They have a lot of midcentury pieces and that Palm Beach look.” 1853 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-872-4342, antiquesandbeyond.com
Griffin: Jennifer Eanes Foster, a designer based in Griffin, suggests heading OTP—specifically south—for bargain prices. “I just saw a barley-twist table for $475 that I know would be four times that much intown,” Foster says. One to try is Gigi’s Antique Griffin. 113 East Taylor Street, Griffin, 770-227-7708, gigisantiquegriffin.com
Kudzu Antiques: Going strong for more than thirty years, the original location is just a few miles from the fashionable part of Decatur. There’s a second store in Sandy Springs. Midcentury furniture, folk art, record albums, and more lead to addictive browsing. 2928 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-373-6498; 6450 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-255-2548; kudzuantiques.com
Woodstock Market: In a Scott-like twist, Woodstock Market includes both a permanent store and market days on the first weekend of the month, when revolving vendors set up shop outdoors. 5500 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, 770-517-7771, woodstockmarket.com
The Queen of Hearts These three metro-area stores feature inspiring vignettes, many by talented local designers like Lisa Gabrielson. Alpharetta, Buford, and Marietta, queenofheartsantiques-interiors.com
Westside Market Antiques & Interiors One of the city’s most recent destinations (and our pick for the 2013 Best of Atlanta’s best new home store). 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, 404-941-3466, westsidemarketatl.com
This article originally appeared in our January 2014 issue.