Monday, June 27, 2011

The shops of Monroe, Georgia

With antique shops still closing everywhere, it's hard to find places worth the drive to do some pickin'.... but thankfully Monroe (east metro ATL) offers a nice day's worth of shopping.
There are about a half dozen antique shops here, with the largest being the Warehouse Antique Mall located in this massive old cotton mill.
The perfectly chippy patina of the green paint on the old brick walls is worth the visit! (and be sure to look down....the maple floors are original to the building circa 1895)

The offerings here are decidedly "eclectic".......
....but my friend Becky's booth always has wonderful unique vintage merch!!
This group of houndstooth print cases caught my eye..... did this metal chicken coop.

There are 513 dealer spaces in 60,000 square feet--according to the flier.

Next stop is The Cotton Depot, which is a few blocks away and closer to downtown. The restoration has been wonderful here, too......
....with a cute garden area out front.......
....and you can still see the cotton bales and the weigh scales in the floor.
The first booths inside the door are marvelous!! Pam Hall and Lenora Gambrell take decorating to a new level and do the most amazing displays! You really have to see them in person, and hopefully get a chance to meet these sweet and very talented girls.

The original brick walls make everything look fabulous in the three large warehouse sections filled with quality booths!

And of course Lane Ward never disappoints with her talent for trendy treasures and wonderful decorating!
(Cool chicken wire lampshade, girl!!)

This gigantic metal trunk is so unique.

Davis Street Antiques is located between the above two shops and is the newest one.

Owner James Woodall has done a great job acquiring quality dealers and there are lots of very interesting antiques here!
This vintage oil painting caught my eye......
....and this great trunk.

The composition baby doll wanted to have his picture taken.

I ran out of time to shoot the other three shops, but be sure to check out Hodge Podge, Ladybug, and Old Mill that are in the same area. There are a variety of places to eat here, and some beautiful historic homes..... well as some great affordable vintage fixer-uppers!!

**I only had about an hour to get to all these shops and do the photography, so forgive the brevity.....and the omission of all my other dealer friends that have wonderful booths in these shops!


Joni said...

I lived there until a couple of years ago. I loved the shops and apparently there are a lot more of them. Hopefully they now have air conditioning because they didn't back then.

Tanya said...

oh i miss monroe. we moved to virginia a few years ago...used to spend so much time at these antique stores!

bonniegetchell said...

I went to the first shop you mentioned a few days ago-- loved it! Found this page through google haha. I'm your newest follower :)

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

Anonymous said...

Monroe is a great place to live and to shop! We lived there for almost 6 years and have recently moved; however, we are so proud of all Monroe has done during the time we lived there! The whole downtown area has really "stepped it up," and the antique stores just keep multiplying...before we moved, I had heard another large antique mall was due to go in on South Broad Street, just south of downtown, in the old Alcovy cotton mill (I think that was the name of it.) If you're looking for a quaint little town, filled with great antique shops, great places to eat and great people, "Shop Monroe!" :)