About an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta, Athens, Georgia is a little-known mecca for vintage shopping. The college town has a big art scene, music scene and University of Georgia football scene. With the iconic Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club in town, hometown heroes like R.E.M. call Athens home. When you throw in some BBQ, a visit to the Tree That Owns Itself and a day or two to prowl for secondhand goods, you’ll see why Athens is the promise land.
No trip to Athens is complete without a stop to Agora. This show is a personal favorite for finding University of Georgia keepsakes and one-of-a-kind vintage clothes. I’ve picked up retro tees, enamel pins and even a perfectly worn-in leather bag. Sure they have home accessories and furniture as well but clothes and accessories is where they really shine. Make this shop a must on your next visit to Athens.
Take my word for it, you can spend all day pawing through room after room at Vic’s Vintage. When I showed up to this shop, Vic and his crew were just setting up for the day, pulling out Mid-century coffee tables and Art Deco chairs. They got plenty of cool, unusual finds like gas station signage and retro medical equipment. But what I was really taken by was their large collection of artwork. You’re bound to find a treasure or two here for your walls.
Visit Vic’s Vintage at 768 W Broad Street in Athens.
Walking up to this place, I was slightly turned off by the word “mantiques” painted on the outside of the former garage turned vintage shop. But don’t let that fool you! This shop is packed with Mad Men-esque furniture, Star Wars memorabilia and hidden gems like a 7-foot woven wall hanging (so trendy right now!) and retro road maps with fun retro graphics. There is definitely something for everyone here but be forewarned to bring a truck, chances are good you’ll walk away with a big-ticket item.
Visit Starlite Showroom at 750 W. Broad Street in Athens.
Had I gone to UGA as a student, Dynamite would have clothed my entire wardrobe. This vintage clothing shop isn’t highbrow, it’s just awesome. Pick up stacks and stacks of 1980’s sport t-shirts, midi skirts from the 1970’s and costume jewelry. It’s the kind of place you’ll haul away a bag full of goodies without spending your whole paycheck—now that’s my kind of shopping.
Growing up in Texas, I was a big fan of mini antique malls with rows and rows of booths to rummage through. Lexington is very much one of these mini malls. There is no curation which means you’re likely to find many a good deal if you do the legwork. It’s also pretty fun as you can find every possible aesthetic from “industrial chic” to “shabby chic” to “stuff found in my parent’s attic”—all under one roof.
Visit Lexington Vintage at 1743-B Lexington Road in Athens.