North Carolina is home to a variety of historically-significant events: the colony of Roanoke, the first English birth of America, and even the first plane flown. With so much history in its soil, North Carolina is rich with vintage items, with many stories behind each one. Whether you are a history buff or just someone looking for a piece with a past, there are antique stores all over that offer inexpensive, tasteful items.
Open for five years, the Marketplace on Locust is the go-to spot in Hendersonville, North Carolina, for “gently used furniture.” In search for everything from fabrics and artwork to throw pillows, there are many unique items to choose from. If the inexpensive prices are not enough to bring you in, there are sales to bring in the holidays and new seasons.
Carrier of Howard’s Furniture Products and interesting vintage pieces, Franklin’s has something everyone will take interest in. Vintage signs, shutters, medical equipment, and furniture have all been seen in the Antique Mall. Located at 215 East Front Street, Franklin’s Antique Mall has beautiful pieces that you are not likely to find anywhere else.
The Ivy Cottage, serving Wilmington, North Carolina, consists of three stores and according to Wilmington and Beaches, has been voted both "Wilmington's Favorite Consignment Shop" and "Favorite Antique Shop” for 12 years and counting. One can find furniture such as couches, chairs and tables, home décor pieces and fine jewelry. Between the large selection and the friendly service, you are guaranteed to find a piece you will want to find room for in your home.
Located at 607 Castle Street, Castle Corner also serves the Wilmington area. According to their website, they sell antique and vintage furniture, elegant glass, North Carolina pottery, sterling silver, vintage and antique jewelry, artwork and more. With an array of options, this is the kind of place to visit to soak in the history and to pick out fine pieces to buy and take home.
One of the largest antique malls in the South, White Owl Antique Mall aims to please. In fact, their website states that over 500 vendors are displayed throughout the 100,000-square-foot space. Kitchenware, clothing, home furniture, signs, toys, vintage cars, and other knick-knacks are all available to view and purchase. The large space and selection will leave anyone who enters White Owl browsing for hours.
Southern Heritage Folk Art & Antiques, located at 115 N. Queen Street, is the dream location of an artist looking for inspiration. According to the antique store themselves, Southern Heritage Folk Art & Antiques is a wholesaler of “fine 19th to mid-20th century primitive antiques” as well as a “wholesale and retail of American Southern Folk Art.” Pieces such as a buckle dating back to the civil war and 19th century lamps have been spotted on site. Artists such as Early Jackson, Willie Jinks and Mary Watson have paintings sold through the business.
Farmington Antiques and Collectibles, an antique shop that “specializes in 50s-era merchandise” such as furniture, household and kitchen goods, lighting, and toys. Located on Hwy 801, Farmington has been in business to offer individual with unique, antique pieces.
Dark Horse Antique Market of 646 North Trade Street is an inexpensive, friendly and warm antique store to visit. According to Dark Horse’s site, they have 20 vendors to provide customers with plenty of items to choose from: furniture, fishing and hunting equipment, and Victorian and rustic items. Right along the North Carolina, South Carolina border, Dark Horse Antique Market is available for all your camp, cabin and cottage decorating needs.
A large antique mall just one mile off Interstate 85, Catawba River is every vintage lover’s dream. The 60,000-square-foot building offers customers access to more than 300 different vendors of “antiques, furniture, shabby chic, collectibles, clothing items, jewelry and more.” Catawba River Antique Mall, owned by CJ and Emory Vandiver, is great for anyone ready to explore different items from the many different booths. With such a selection, there is something for everyone.