3 of the Best Places To Go Antiquing in South Carolina

Katie McElveen
| February 1, 2024 | 3 Minute Read
A display of upholstered chairs, rugs and shelves in neutral colors Courtesy of Rock House Antiques

Find your treasure at these South Carolina shops.

The Rock House Antiques, Greenville

Though Carol and Tim Kilby’s sprawling antique emporium (above) is home to more than 60 dealers, Carol hesitates to call it an antique mall. “Most of our dealers specialize in period pieces like 18th century French furniture, sterling silver and early Italian pieces, as well as designer pillows and other accents,” she says. “They’re from Charleston, Richmond, Raleigh, Atlanta, really all over the Southeast, so they’re bringing really unique pieces to Greenville.” One such piece, a huge folding screen, which used antique maps to create a bird’s eye view of Paris, was particularly captivating. “The detail was stunning,” she recalls. “Every street and building as it had appeared when the map was drawn was right there. It was fun to take it in.”

McIntosh Cottage Antiques & Gifts, Columbia

Unlike many antique shops, which provide space to numerous dealers and offer a plethora of pieces, McIntosh Cottage only carries goods hand-chosen by the owner, Elizabeth Fortson Sheehan, who travels to Europe each year to search for finds like fine English chests and armoires; rustic farm tables, baskets and china. There are candles, napkins, lamps and other gift items as well. Even better, nearly everything can be viewed online. “We specialize in English and French antiques, with a focus on furniture, though we sell a good bit of smalls as well,” says Elizabeth. “Our customers come to us when they are looking for unique pieces with beautiful patina and character for their homes.”

An antique display of china, vases, chandeliers, tables and shelves. Elizabeth Ervin

Wynsum Antiques & Interiors Charleston

This beautifully curated market (above) is loaded with unexpected delights, all collected and artfully presented by 25 dealers. Owner John Palmer, a former architect, opened the shop in 2018 in a restored 1940s auto dealership on upper King Street, a location that offers not just an abundance of free parking, but a bright, airy setting as well.

The collection includes not just antique furnishings, period lighting and sterling galore, but a diverse collection of art ranging from 19th-century miniatures to large scale contemporary abstracts. There are also old chairs and sofas that have been reupholstered in funky fabrics, garden accessories, ornate sconces and, of course, lots of creative advice.

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