These antique and vintage shops from Athens to Macon are full of surprises!
Looking for the perfect antique or vintage find for your home or closet? Look no further than Georgia’s Antebellum Trail, with a wide selection of gracious antique and funky vintage shops sure to please your design aesthetic, from stately 19th-century cherry to midcentury modern to contemporary farmhouse.
Start your vintage shopping journey in Athens, just 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Known as one of the best college towns in America as well as for its live music scene, it’s no surprise that Athens has plenty of unique shops full of funky finds from A to V!
Victor Peel is a Navy veteran who has lived and traveled all over the world, where he developed an interest in and eye for home furnishings and design. In 2011, he took the leap from an eBay storefront to his brick and mortar store, and Vic’s Vintage was born. Specialty areas include Midcentury Modern, Danish Modern, Hollywood Regency, Japanese Meiji Period antiques, vintage, and collectible art, and vintage and audiophile-related electronics. Vic’s Vintage also has become a go-to source for movie set design and props for Georgia’s film industry. He has assisted with pieces for projects such as “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Office Christmas Party,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Stranger Things.”
Head South on GA-441 to explore more shops along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail.
Watkinsville and Oconee County
Bishop’s Antique Trail
Bishop has become quite the hub for antique shopping with EIGHT antique stores dotting Highway 441 between Watkinsville and Madison. Along the four-mile trail, treasure hunters can find a range of vintage items like antique furniture, collectibles, and more.
People flock from all over Georgia (with trailers in tow) to Madison Markets! Located just two blocks from Madison’s square, this 20,000-square-foot former cotton warehouse is the perfect setting for more than 75 vendors to display upscale and upbeat antiques. There’s no shortage of vintage finds; you could spend hours wandering here!
J&K Fleas An’Tiques
There is nothing we don’t love about J&K Fleas An’Tiques! Made up of a mix of flea finds and vintage pieces, this two-story antique mall in the heart of Downtown Madison offers amazing furniture, jewelry, china, art, and more — seven days a week. Don’t forget to make your way down Jefferson Street to the Junque Korner for a more eclectic selection by the same owners!
This mixed marketplace is a hub for talented merchants to sell their crafts, art, and furniture pieces. 44 Marketplace specializes in unique gift ideas and loves to re-purpose pieces for customers. Different painting and art classes also are offered here for those who are interested in learning more creative skills!
Lake Oconee Antique Mall
This small antique store has lots of vintage and retro items, getting in more daily. Lake Oconee Antique Mall provides a range of treasures, from trinkets and accessories all the way to prized furniture pieces and larger items.
The Market Collective
If you have a love of “collected” vintage treasures and of all things creative, The Market Collective shop is a must-visit in Milledgeville. Here, you can find local artists’ works and a vintage goods collection of unique home décor, clothing, and more. Owner of The Market Collective, Donna Collins, stresses the importance of having locally sourced items in her store. “I’m passionate about supporting local artisans and making sure they have a local outlet for their work. I’ve also found that people enjoy knowing where items have been made and being able to buy something unique that they can’t find anywhere else.” The Market Collective also offers their wares for vintage rentals: the perfect way to make your next event unique!
The Red Door
Inside of the quiet and quaint antique store, The Red Door, you will find tons of Milledgeville history. From vintage treasures that will fascinate anyone who stops into hand-crafted gifts like pottery, this is the place to find something to feed your fancy. Milledgeville was a central location during the Civil War, so some of the really unique treasures you can track down at the Red Door are historic artifacts from the war. In addition to these rare finds, you’ll also be able to take home fossils, antique bottles, Indian artifacts, and more. If coin collecting is your hobby, the store boasts a rare collection of old coins. Not only are there small knick knacks and artifacts, but there is a selection of vintage furniture and clothing, too.
Ingleside Village Antique Centre
Ingleside Village Antique Centre is located in a quaint shopping and arts district called Ingleside Village in Macon. This store has a wide variety of antiques and vintage items from American, Asian, English, and Continental purveyance. They offer an ever-changing selection to browse and enjoy. Also, if you get hungry, dine at one of the unique restaurants located in the heart of this historic village or stop by The Society Garden and enjoy live music.
The Marketplace at Payne Mill Village Antique Mall
The Marketplace at Payne Mill Village Antique Mall is located in what was once known as Payne City, but now is a part of Macon. The Marketplace at Payne Mill Village Antique Mall is a blend of the old and new and has one of the most unique collections of items you can discover. The merchants are a blend of local artists, interior decorators, jewelry designers, antique dealers, and much more. You can also find one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, candles, clothing, outdoor plants, and handbags with daily inventory changes. Also, there is an outdoor patio and event space for rent.
Both are off the beaten path but a must-do if you’re passing through.