3 of the Best Places To Go Antiquing in North Carolina

Jason Frye
| February 1, 2024 | 4 Minute Read
Closeup of a patron flipping through a selection of vinyl records. iStock

We’ve picked three of our favorite antiques shops from across North Carolina where you’re bound to find your new favorite piece.

Sleepy Poet Stuff, Charlotte

With a selection that ranges from antique furniture to throwback wall decor to vintage clothing and vinyl records, Sleepy Poet Stuff bridges the gap between classic antique collectors and the next generation of vintage venerating collectors. Some vendors fill their booths with lettermen jackets, rows of cowboy boots (already broken in, of course) and hats from generations past; others offer immaculate mid-century modern furniture and antebellum finds; still others get serious with beautiful ginger jars, lamps, signage and ephemera. If you’re in the market for music, check out their huge selection of vinyl records; Sleepy Poet Stuff has more than 5,000 square feet of tunes to peruse.

The Depot at Gibson Mill, Concord

For a century, Gibson Mill produced fine bedding, but after the factory closed, investors breathed new life into the former factory and mill. Today, a food hall, a pair of breweries, a classic car dealership, the South’s largest antique mall and more fill the space. At The Depot at Gibson Mill you’ll find an 88,000-square-foot antique mall packed with furniture, household items and vintage goods from more than 600 antique dealers. This spot is a pickers paradise, and whether you’re after that perfect piece from yesteryear or an upcycled creation from times before, the selection here will give you plenty to choose from.

Overhead view of a corner of an antique shop filled with china, lamps and paintings of unicorns. Amy Barnard

TrunkShow, Raleigh

Raleigh’s TrunkShow (above) lives up to its “Vintage. Handmade. Funk.” slogan with a wide—and sometimes wild—assortment of items and objects. The vendors, pickers and makers at TrunkShow keep a curated selection of goods on hand that will delight long-time antique collectors or give new vintage enthusiasts a chance to build their collection with kitschy, hard-to-find and “I haven’t seen one of those in years” objects. Looking for a lava lamp? Some cool Corningware or new-to-you cast iron? Maybe some great art or a vintage outfit? TrunkShow has what you’re looking for.

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