Being an avid collector of antiques and used furniture that needs restoring, I often find myself on the consignment trail. Lucky for me, Charlotte and the surrounding area offers plenty of options for seekers of the perfect piece of well-loved furniture or unique treasures for their home. Here are a few of my favorites:Sleepy Poet Antique MallSouth Boulevard’s best place to shop for home furnishings and decor offers a mix of antique and midcentury furnishings, décor and vintage clothing. The mall offers a bit of something for everyone, especially those with a keen eye for repurposing things. You can plan on about a half a day to really walk through and sift through the mix of merchandise offered by vendors who rent booth space. Front desk staff and vendors are both knowledgeable and helpful, but they are also fine with just leaving shoppers alone to peruse the aisles. Open seven days a week, the store is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. On the weekends, some of Charlotte’s best food trucks are parked outside. Sign up for their emails to see some of their inventory and any events. • Sleepy Poet Antique Mall 4450 South Blvd. 704-529-6369www.sleepypoetstuff.com.Consignments on SouthLocated next door to Sleepy Poet (you can cut through one to get to the other), Consignments on South sells clothing, home décor such as china and botanicals and fine furniture. The space will fool you. Make sure to go down the hall to all the smaller, individual rooms in the back crammed with things to see.• Consignments on South 4450 South Blvd. 704-837-7890www.consignmentsonsouth.com.South End ExchangeSouth End Exchange has been selling antiques, vintage, consignment and designer home furnishings for 10 years. The shop, located in South End next to Price’s Chicken Coop, is considered a hidden gem by many. Dishes, artwork from local and regional artists, collectibles and fine antiques are just a few examples of what you will find here. The antiques tend to be a bit more expensive than regular consignment item. The store offers liquidation and estate sale services, providing a complete service package to those who are downsizing, moving or just cleaning house.• South End Exchange 1616 Camden Road 704-353-4600www.southendexchange.com.Village EmporiumTucked away in a Harris Teeter anchored mall on Sardis, Village Emporium is a much smaller version of Sleepy Poet in terms of vendors, but it offers similar fares. Furniture, gifts, home décor, vintage jewelry and accessories can all be found here. Recently, I found wine crates and two French prints at a steal of a price. Check out their website and get on the list for sale information; sidewalk sales.• V illage Emporium 1615 Sardis Crossing Drive 704-849-8225www.villageemporiumcharlotte.com.The Bee’s KneesA true vintage store with plenty of charm located in Indian Trail, The Bee’s Knees offers furniture – all used – some shabby and all at reasonable prices. I recently scored a buffet there for under $200. Glassware, chandeliers and lanterns are intermingled with planters, primitives, velvet chairs and Coca-Cola signs. This store has quite a mix and is definitely worth a visit; the staff is great, too.• The Bee’s Knees 13901 Independence Blvd. Indian Trail 704-576-9120 www.facebook.com/beeskneesindiantrail.I’ll Second ThatRight down the road from The Bee’s Knees is I’ll Second That, a resale, thrift and consignment shop. A number of interesting pieces in various sizes are here including sideboards, benches, coffee tables and lamps – all at fair prices. • I’ll Second That 4330 Indian Trail Fairview Road Indian Trail 704-628-7217 www.facebook.com/ill.second.that.Pickers CabinAnother stop in Indian Trail, Pickers Cabin sells antiques, vintage and collectibles. Stop in and look around for everything from old farm tools to vintage home décor and antique furniture. Interesting and varied pieces are offered at unbelievable prices. Shabby pieces such as desks, end tables and vanities are also up for grabs. Get them when you see them because inventory is constantly changing with all the “pickers” who visit daily.• Pickers Cabin 5719 H W Highway 74 Indian Trail 704-234-0263 www.facebook.com/pickerscabin.Golden Girls AntiquesLocated in historic downtown Monroe, Golden Girls is packed full of antique and collectible finds from vendors. Shabby and antique finds from around the state are all here including furniture, china, prints, mirrors, clocks and more. The staff is well-versed in antiques and new merchandise arrives daily.• Golden Girls Antiques 306 W. Windsor St. 704-296-5550 www.facebook.com/golden-girls-antiques.Christie’s on MainDowntown Pineville has long been a treasure trove for those of us seeking a great buy on something with a bit of history. Christie’s is small, but it’s packed to the ceiling with antiques and vintage goods. Just about very inch of the store has something to look at. Dishes, furniture, books, art – it’s all here. For such a tight space, there is an unbelievable amount of merchandise and it is worth investigating.• Christie’s On Main 318 Main St. Pineville 704-889-5525Almost AntiquesLocated on Lake Murray Boulevard in Columbia, Almost Antiques sells just about everything used you can think of for your home. There is a good mix of vendors here selling things at great prices; in particular, Depression and milk glass pieces seem to be a good buy. On a recent visit, I picked up a chalkboard made from an old pizza peel, two end tables and a set of Fenton milk glass candle holders all for $70. The staff is friendly and knows their stuff.• Almost Antiques 1709 Lake Murray Blvd. Columbia, S.C. 803-781-6830Little Mountain UnlimitedAfter visiting Almost Antiques, hop on Interstate 26 and head west to exit 85 for Little Mountain, S.C. Don’t be put off as you pull into town – the gas station and antiques shops are about all there is to the downtown. Little Mountain Unlimited Antique Mall is in an old house off the main road. You can’t miss it with the flags out front and the porch full of furniture outside. Employees remember your name and are quick to help. The store is over 16,000 square feet with around 75 vendors. Multiple booths house vendor’s wares: dishes, fine china, Depression-era glass, jewelry, furniture, books, shabby, vintage … it’s all here. You can easily spend an afternoon here looking around. If you head back to downtown Little Mountain on Main Street, The Corner Store Antiques will be on your right. It is the sister store to Little Mountain Unlimited – much, much smaller, but worth a stop.• Little Mountain Unlimited 1528 Main St. Little Mountain, S.C. 803-345-6440www.littlemountainantiques.com.
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
The Rummage Route: Places to nab great antiques
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jenny? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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