A trip down Alabama’s antique trail + 10 shops to check out around Birmingham

All of your antique + vintage dreams lie on the Alabama Antique Trail. Photo via Urban Suburban’s Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a great deal or an offbeat gem, antique shops are a treasure chest. With over 100 unique shops around the state, we’ve picked 10 in and around Birmingham that are worth a visit. Let’s take a trip down the Alabama Antique Trail, shall we? 

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5 antique + consignment shops to visit in Birmingham

Shop small and sustainable at antique shops around Birmingham. Photo via Urban Suburban Antiques on Facebook

One of my favorite weekend activities is antiquing or thrifting. Spending hours rummaging through booths to find those hidden gems is so fun to me. Not only is shopping second hand sustainable, but you can also usually find a good bargain. Thankfully, Birmingham has tons of great antique spots and consignment shops—here are 5 to visit this weekend!

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Friends of Emmet O’Neal Library Book Sale

For more than 50 years, the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library have supported the library through its annual book sale, with proceeds benefitting the library’s adult and teen programs.  This year’s sale will begin Feb. 20 with a preview party and will continue with a general sale Feb 21-23.  From a child’s favorite picture book, a current bestseller, or a rare signed first edition – you never know what you’ll discover.  Patrons contributing a minimum of $25 (payable at the door) may attend the Preview Party on Thursday, February 20th from 6-8 pm.   At the Preview Party you’ll get first crack at the 10,000 volumes available during the sale,
including beautiful art and coffee table books, collectible items, and rare titles.  On Sunday, the final day of the sale, books will be half price upstairs and $15 per bag in the basement.

Friends of Emmet O’Neal Library Book Sale

For more than 50 years, the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library have supported the library through its annual book sale, with proceeds benefitting the library’s adult and teen programs.  This year’s sale will begin Feb. 20 with a preview party and will continue with a general sale Feb 21-23.  From a child’s favorite picture book, a current bestseller, or a rare signed first edition – you never know what you’ll discover.  Patrons contributing a minimum of $25 (payable at the door) may attend the Preview Party on Thursday, February 20th from 6-8 pm.   At the Preview Party you’ll get first crack at the 10,000 volumes available during the sale,
including beautiful art and coffee table books, collectible items, and rare titles.  On Sunday, the final day of the sale, books will be half price upstairs and $15 per bag in the basement.

Friends of Emmet O’Neal Library Book Sale

For more than 50 years, the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library have supported the library through its annual book sale, with proceeds benefitting the library’s adult and teen programs.  This year’s sale will begin Feb. 20 with a preview party and will continue with a general sale Feb 21-23.  From a child’s favorite picture book, a current bestseller, or a rare signed first edition – you never know what you’ll discover.  Patrons contributing a minimum of $25 (payable at the door) may attend the Preview Party on Thursday, February 20th from 6-8 pm.   At the Preview Party you’ll get first crack at the 10,000 volumes available during the sale,
including beautiful art and coffee table books, collectible items, and rare titles.  On Sunday, the final day of the sale, books will be half price upstairs and $15 per bag in the basement.

Friends of Emmet O’Neal Library Book Sale

For more than 50 years, the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library have supported the library through its annual book sale, with proceeds benefitting the library’s adult and teen programs.  This year’s sale will begin Feb. 20 with a preview party and will continue with a general sale Feb 21-23.  From a child’s favorite picture book, a current bestseller, or a rare signed first edition – you never know what you’ll discover.  Patrons contributing a minimum of $25 (payable at the door) may attend the Preview Party on Thursday, February 20th from 6-8 pm.   At the Preview Party you’ll get first crack at the 10,000 volumes available during the sale,
including beautiful art and coffee table books, collectible items, and rare titles.  On Sunday, the final day of the sale, books will be half price upstairs and $15 per bag in the basement.

8 things to know about Soho Retro furniture shop in Homewood

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Soho Retro in Homewood is a mid-century modern lover's dream.
Looking into Soho Retro in Homewood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’re a fan of mid-century modern style, you’ve got to head over to Soho Retro. It’s right next to Holler & Dash on 18th Street in Homewood. Steve Thomas, the shop’s proprietor, has curated a treasure-trove of furniture and art that you’re going to love.

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Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham

Shop Small Biz Saturday
Photo courtesy of Shop Small Facebook Page

There’s something more going on this Saturday other than the big game! It’s Small Business Saturday!  With the rallying cry of Shop Small!, the event was first introduced Nov. 27, 2010, by American Express, in partnership, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a counter event to Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. Continue reading “Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham”

Designing Women Featured at Birmingham’s Antiques at The Gardens

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Photo courtesy of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Wouldn’t you like to interact with some of the most well known women designers at this year’s ‘Antiques at The Gardens’ event? You will have your opportunity with the Antiques in The Gardens Designing Women panel discussion.

Designing Women – Saturday, Oct. 7

Karen Carroll of Flower magazine will lead a panel discussion and luncheon with Vine Garden Market, Charlotte Lucas, Liz Carroll and Paloma Contreras at 11:30 am.

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Get Style Tips from New York Designer Amanda Nisbet at Antiques at The Gardens Red Diamond Lecture Series Oct.6

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Money Raised through ‘Antiques at The Gardens’ Provides Educational Opportunities for Children

It’s that time again, time for one of the most exciting events held in the Birmingham area every year, ‘Antiques at The Gardens’ at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.   This annual event Oct. 5-7 is the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Continue reading “Get Style Tips from New York Designer Amanda Nisbet at Antiques at The Gardens Red Diamond Lecture Series Oct.6”