One of my favorite ways to explore the Huntsville area is antique store hopping. Whether or not you’re looking for something specific, it is so much fun to treasure hunt, stopping at restaurants and coffee shops to fuel up in between. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble across some unique conversation pieces to bring home (I’ve sourced a lot of my furniture, art and decor from some of these shops).
What is the Antique Trail?
Curious about antiquing but not sure where to start? That’s where the Alabama Antique Trail comes in. According to AntiqueTrail.com, this online guide was founded by Huntsville local Marcia Cole Huffman in an effort to make antiquing more accessible and approachable for everyone. I found a pamphlet guide in downtown Athens, but you can also view the full trail online.
What’s on the Antique Trail near me?
Whether you just want to explore or you’re on the hunt for something specific, you’re sure to find something in North AL’s amazing antique stores. Here are all the official stops on the Antique Trail near Huntsville. Set aside a day to jump from store to store and see what you can find.
- Fire House Antiques & Collectibles | “The largest antique mall in the Valley” with 40,000 square feet of unique spaces
- Flucy Lucy Antique Market | all the MCM, retro, vintage, Victorian and Pyrex you could want
- Hartlex Antique Gallery | 30,000 square feet of vendors with elegant, timeless pieces
- Packards Antiques | antiques, collectibles, furniture, glassware, primitives and more
- Preservation Co. | family-owned company with a carefully curated collection of high-end historic interiors, architecturals, doors, furniture, hardware, lighting, decor and gifts
- Railroad Station Antique Mall | three floors of furniture, silver, china, porcelain, linens, rugs, lamps, light fixtures, mirrors, toys, books, tools, art and much more
- Rivenbark & Roper Antiques | charming and elegant American, French and English furnishings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese and Japanese export porcelains, fine art and an extensive collection of silver
- Top Key Market | antiques, apparel, furniture, decor, gifts and more unique finds
- University Pickers | over 100 vendors offering a variety of furniture, vintage finds, antiques, handcrafted goods, gifts, DIY products, home accessories and even boutique clothing
These records, frames, mirror, lamp and dresser were all found at antique/thrift stores in Athens, like from Serendipity (pictured right). (Elizabeth Hobbs / Hville Blast)
- Serendipity Antiques & Interiors | an antique and vintage treasure trove full of quality MCM pieces, furniture, clocks, vintage collectibles, decor and more
- The Willow Cottage | a quaint store in downtown with European antiques, old paintings, lamps, engravings, chandeliers and more
Some of my personal favorites in Athens aren’t on this list, but I’ve found many treasures at these spots:
- Highway 31 Flea Market | an affordable collection of antiques, collectibles, vintage and primitive furniture, vintage record albums, glassware, home decor and more
- The Treasure Chest | a consignment flea market
- Madison Station Antiques | a locally-owned collection of quality antiques and collectibles
- 810 Antiques | apparel, accessories, vintage ads and signage, auto parts, jars and bottles, textiles and more
- Bank Street Antiques | three floors and over 50 vendors selling antiques, decor, trinkets and more
- Firehouse Antiques Station #2 | sister location to Firehouse Antiques in Huntsville offering a variety of furniture, lighting, kitchenware, tools, silver, toys and more
- New Market Antique Mall – A Place in Time | multiple vendors selling a variety of period antiques, vintage, midcentury
Owens Cross Roads
- West Station Antiques & Gibson’s Books | antique decor and out-of-print, used, and rare books
- Heart of Dixie Highway Antiques | AL southern pottery, period and primitive furniture, antiques and more