I’ve always enjoyed things secondhand: hand-me-downs from my older sister, thrift shop accessories and all things antique. I’m new to the Magic City, so I figured I’d get acquainted by finding all of the best antique stores around town and call it work. Whether you’re an avid antiquer or you’ve never shopped secondhand before, Birmingham is full to the brim with hidden gems waiting to be found. Here are the top 10 antique stores in Birmingham you have to visit:
Downtown + Lakeview
What’s on Second
Address: 2323 1st Ave North, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM
When I first walked into this shop, I didn’t know what to look at. Every countertop and shelf is covered with the coolest little knick-knacks—think vintage pins, postcards, collectibles, novelties— and everything is for the most part pretty affordable. All of the reviews I saw said, “There’s something for everyone.” And it’s so true! It may be smaller than most antique stores, but if you’re looking for a good conversation piece, check them out.
Fifth Avenue Antiques
Address: 2410 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-4:30PM
Finding this place surprised me because I thought I already knew all of the antique shops around town—not sure how I missed it considering the big antique sign out front. Anyway, I’m glad I found it because WOW at the stuff. It is set-up like a traditional antique store with booths for different vendors. They even have a second floor where you’ll find the more expensive items and staged furniture sets. It’s definitely one of those stores you’ll want to take your time in to look through everything. Plan accordingly.
Hanna Antiques Mall
Address: 2424 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM
I have visited Hanna Antiques multiple times and am always finding something new. My favorite thing about the store is how well the booths are staged. It really makes a difference when you can imagine how a piece might look in a room. If you can think it, Hanna Antiques probably has it. Interested in estate jewelry? Hanna has some nice displays. Price varies here because of the vendor set-up, but there are sales happening all of the time.
Lolo French Antiques et More
Address: 3101 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 11AM-4PM
When I first visited this shop, I had no idea what to expect. And boy, was I in for a shock. It’s definitely one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. I walked around the front of the store admiring the set up of some of their beautiful French antiques for awhile before I realized they also have a 10,000 square foot warehouse FULL of 17th to early 20th century pieces. According to their website, each piece is personally selected by the owner Laurent Gouon, originally from Nantes, France, who has over two decades of experience buying and importing distinctive European antiques. Although the majority of items were way outside of my price range, their collection is something to admire, and it doesn’t cost to look.
Avondale + Woodlawn
Address: 4301 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-5:30PM, Sunday 1-5:30PM
I stumbled upon this shop during my hunt, and I’m so happy I did. I’ve always gravitated towards eclectic decor that’s one-of-a-kind with a little flare. So if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to stop by. The owner, Fred Dyess, was so helpful and I could tell he loves what he does. It might take some reimagining to make a piece work for you, but with the selection here, it’s totally worth it.
Address: 5514 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5:30PM, Sunday 1-5:30PM
Seriously, I could spend an entire day in this store. With 65 vendors and booths full of unique pieces, it’s hard to skim and find exactly what you’re looking for. Take your time in here and with a keen eye, you’ll probably find way more than you expected to. There is a lot to look at, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to roam around.
Circa Interiors and Antiques
Address: 2831 Culver Road, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM
With a shop in Birmingham and Charlotte, projects around the country and recognition in publications like Veranda Magazine and Elegant Homes, Circa has established itself when it comes to interior design. If your tastes require a heavier dose of luxury and modern with antique mixed in, then you’ll love everything about this shop. The great thing about Circa is you don’t have to do it all alone. Their in-house design team is well equipped to bring you all of the knowledge and style help you may need when decorating your space.
Address: 1900 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 11AM-4PM
On the Henhouse website, they say visitors constantly say, “I want to live here,” and I can completely attest to that. The shop is carefully curated and has been in Mountain Brook’s English Village for more than 20 years. There you can expect to find a mix of English and French pieces ranging from the 18th to 21st century style. Just walking around the store gave me inspiration to style and redecorate my own place. Think upscale farmhouse.
Homewood Antiques and Marketplace
Address: 930 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5:30PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday 1-5PM
Most people like the challenge of digging through chaotic antique stores to find the diamond in the rough— myself included—but the good thing about Homewood antiques is that you don’t have to dig. The booths are styled well and easy to navigate, which makes browsing the store a breeze. Their items range from vintage clothes to locally made products so it’s almost impossible to leave empty-handed. BONUS: They also offer services like custom framing, furniture painting and upholstery! And if you’re not already sold, they even have a full-service flower shop called Homewood Flowers.
Address: 2700 19th Place South Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM, Saturday 11AM-4PM
The name is pretty spot on. Tricia’s warehouse is full of treasures covering almost every inch of wall and floor space—and trust me, it’s not a small place. The staff were so welcoming and struck up a conversation immediately. Sometimes antiquing can be overwhelming, so it’s nice to find a store that feels personal and friendly. Now, you’ll have to do some looking, but most everything I saw was reasonably priced and so unique. They have an overflowing amount of lighting fixtures and large desks and dressers, so if you’re searching for that one piece to really make the whole space, start here.
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