Durably crafted, well-kept antiques are a stylish, sustainable alternative to new apartment furnishings and decor. With the exception of the rarest and most exquisite items, antiques are also more economical. This is particularly true in the Atlanta area, where antiquing is a major, competitive industry. If you’re looking to bring handcrafted elegance, grace, and history into your Atlanta apartment rental, try your luck at these antique markets.
This sprawling Cheshire Bridge antique market specializes in high-end antique furnishings and decor. Scour its 25,000 square-foot showroom for rare mid-century modern sofas, authentic Tiffany lamps, and other sophisticated vintage wares. Antiques & Beyond is a five-minute drive from AMLI Piedmont Heights.
When it opened in 2014, Highland Row Antiques was a two-dealer operation with a modest selection of antiques and costume jewelry. Today, the Intown Atlanta store’s 10,000-square-foot showroom is awash with treasures uncovered by 25 talented antique dealers. An array of design styles are represented, and wares for all budgets are on offer. Highland Row Antiques is open daily from 11am to 6pm. But if you’re looking for blowout deals, hit up its monthly basement market sale. This Atlanta antiquing gem is a mile from AMLI’s Intown lofts.
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A fixture on Georgia’s antique trail since 1979, this Decatur store sells wares from over 100 dealers. It’s easy to lose track of time sifting through Kudzu’s sprawling inventory, which fills 25,000 square feet of showroom space. Popular collections include fine china, vintage ceramics, ornate glassware, and antique trains.
One weekend a month, an otherwise quiet 75,000-square-foot marketplace off the Atlanta Highway springs to life. More than 500 vendors open shop, selling a dizzying but impressive array of just about everything available in vintage form. The Lakewood 400 Antiques Market is not for people who dislike shopping or crowds. But for patient, passionate antiquers, the North Atlanta market is a paradise. In 2014, a USA Today travel feature included Lakewood 400 Antique Market in a list of the country’s ten best flea markets. With the exception of December, the marketplace opens for business on the third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each month. In December, Lakewood 400 caters to holiday shoppers with its Annual Antiques & Gift Show. This year’s event is held for December 1, 2, and 3. Lakewood 400 Antique Market is just 15 minutes’ drive from AMLI’s Alpharetta apartment rentals.
Overton Oriental Rugs & Antiques
Browse John Overton’s textile inventory, and it’s easy to understand why he’s a go-to dealer for Oriental rugs. But handwoven Persian and Turkish rugs constitute only a fraction of Overton’s antiques selection, one of Atlanta’s most refined. Overton’s Buckhead antique store is a ten-minute drive from AMLI Lindbergh.
This Bohemian-inspired marketplace sits on 46,000 square feet of prime Atlanta real estate. More than 30 collectors, curators, and designers merchandise an eclectic mix of antiques and oddities at Paris on Ponce. If you live in AMLI Old 4th Ward or AMLI Parkside, you can walk to the vintage collectors’ haven in ten minutes. Just head toward the conspicuous orange building perched on the hill that overlooks Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Red Baron hosts three blowout auctions every year. The auction house also runs a 65,00o-square-foot showroom. Red Baron Antiques’ inventory is diverse, but focuses on architectural and decorative arts. Its Roswell showroom is a good place to shop for marble statues, vintage paintings, chandeliers, and home bar furnishings. Red Baron Antiques is a 15-minute drive from AMLI North Point.
*Readers may note the absence of antique markets in Chamblee, Madison, and Greensboro. These small communities have strong antiquing cultures that will feature in their own post.
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