Ah, fall: it means cooler, crisp air, sweaters, bonfires, football games, pumpkin spice everything, and getting out on those cool Saturday mornings to shop for that perfect antique to complete a collection or just complete a room. North Alabama has several antique stores that are sure to have that much sought-after piece for which an antique connoisseur or novice is searching.
Bank Street Art and Antique Mall
Located in historic Decatur, Alabama, Bank Street Art and Antiques features three floors and more than 12,000 square feet of art and antiques. The variety of vintage and antiques will surprise you! The original work of local artist and craftsmen will delight you! Bank Street Art and Antique Mall has 62 dealers, 12 local artists, and is growing. www.bankstreetartandantiques.com
Champagne Lane Antiques
Champagne Lane Antiques features 7,500 square feet of antiques, tools, linens, glassware, porcelains, books, furniture, advertising, coins, and vintage home decor. Located just off I-65 in Athens, shoppers are sure to find that perfect piece. www.champagnelaneantiques.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/champagnelaneantiques/info
Mountain Top Flea Market
Mountain Top Flea Market in Attalla has more than 1,500 vendors and 2.6 miles of shopping.
RW Harris Store
The R.W. Harris Store is a large, two story brick building located on Winfield’s main street down by the railroad tracks. The building has its original copper framed windows, and the inside of the building is a virtual museum of the late 19th and early 20th century. Over twenty oak and glass showcases, a 1901 Bolt and Nut Bin, a 1918 eight drawer cash register, two 19th century glass and mahogany suit display cases, a one of a kind glass and mahogany hat display, thread cases, lace cases, nail scales, and pot belly stove. The warehouse is still used and has items from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Some of the items that you will find in the warehouse are old buggy spokes, an old wagon axle, wooden farm implements, tools, and gristmill. The cornerstone of the warehouse is a safe, stolen from the Harris building and recovered pre-1911. www.rwharrisstore.com
Rivenbark & Roper
Stepping into Rivenbark and Roper Antiques is like going back in time to a place filled with charm, beauty, and southern elegance. Located in the Central Park Shopping Center on Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama, this up scale antique shop offers American, French and English furnishings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as Chinese and Japanese export porcelains. Rivenbark and Roper has the largest collection of silver hollowware in north Alabama, along with an exquisite collection of fine art from around the world. www.rivenbarkandroper.com
Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
Southern Accents has the South’s largest collection of architectural antiques. You’ll find one of the most diverse and unique collections of architectural antiques available. Shop the showroom, browse the clearance and sale area and walk through the outdoor lots. You’re sure you’ll find the perfect item to complete your project. www.sa1969.com
At U.G. White there was always something for everyone. Visitors today can still find items and gifts not found in mainstream hardware chains. Today, as it was then, the store is open for your convenience six days a week, or 24/7 at ugwhite.com. Please make it a point to experience the past at U.G. White while enjoying modern day Athens. www.ugwhite.com
In addition to shopping for antiques, North Alabama has many opportunities to view beautiful antique family collections at Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia (bellemont.weebly.com), Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville (www.burrowmuseum.org), and Pond Spring – the General Joe Wheeler Home in Hillsboro (www.wheelerplantation.org).
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions, and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.