Antiquing in Georgia

The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia.

We southerners love nostalgia. It’s not that we want to live in the past; we just like to remember the “good ole days.” Most southerners are storytellers in one way or another; historic buildings and antique ephemera give us an opportunity to relish in the past. In Georgia we’re lucky to have so many places that allow us to indulge our reminiscence of the past and it’s wares. Here are just a few of my favorite places for antiquing in the Peach State.

Greensboro Antique Mall – Greensboro, GA

Just a quick jaunt from Atlanta or Athens, Greensboro is a great place to do some shopping. I always hit the Greensboro Antique Mall located in downtown Greensboro. The mall’s building was originally known as The Big Store; with it’s 11,000 square feet it was known as the largest emporium for goods between Atlanta and August. The Big Store’s motto was “offering everything from the cradle to the grave”, a motto that largely still rings true today.

scottsantiquesScott Antique Market- Atlanta, GA

Scott’s Antique Market is the World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show that takes place the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Exposition Center. Shopping at Scott’s is a pretty serious commitment, with two buildings, rows of vendors, and an outdoor market place, antiquing at Scott’s is an all day adventure. Scott’s is packed with gorgeous furniture, estate jewelry, antique books, textiles, and art; make sure you wear some comfy footwear and be prepared to negotiate! One of my favorite vendors, The Purse Lady, specializes in vintage one-of-a-kind handbags.

Agora- Athens, GA

No trip to Athens is complete without a visit to Agora. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Agora is the ultimate vintage emporium. Agora is a locally-owned vintage and antique co-op located in wonderful downtown Athens complete with records, funky vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, and other nic nacs galore! I have a weakness for mid-century modern furniture and have scored several pieces here. Agora now has a sister shop called Agora Vintage, which specializes in high-end vintage fashion and accessories.

VintageBag 1920sAuntie Bellum’s Attic – Milledgeville, GA

Just strolling through Milledgeville is a nostalgic experience. Thankfully, Milledgeville was spared on Sherman’s March to the Sea and much of the historic city center is still in tact. In Milledgeville, you can find me strolling the old streets snapping photos of the old buildings. I usually pop by Auntie Bellum’s Attic in the historic downtown. They have a good variety of items here; they have a great selection of old bottles, post cards and architectural salvage.

The Paris Market- Savannah, GA

Visiting The Paris Market is a total sensory experience and one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever visited. Not strictly an antique store, the market brings together antiques, art, books, textiles, accessories, and other gifts together in historic downtown Savannah. The best part of shopping at The Paris Market—they have their own café! Before or after shopping, enjoy a cappuccino and macron in their beautiful little boulangerie!

167948_541553330940_3616875_nEmily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more check out her blog Em’s on the Road. You can also follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.


5 Favorite Brunch Spots in Georgia


What it is about this gluttonous weekend meal that makes it all the rage? Maybe it’s because I know I can go right back to bed after I eat it. Or maybe it’s just because it is a fun way to spend an afternoon with excellent food and friends catching up or reliving a wild night out on the town. As a homegrown Georgia peach, I have a few that I have on my must visit brunch list.

Anis Café and Bistro- Atlanta

When in Atlanta, I love brunching at Anis Bistro and Café. Located in an older residential section of Buckhead, Anis is a family owned café serving up beautiful and delicious Provencal fare. A major crowd favorite is the steak frites. They also serve up some of the best nutella and banana crepes outside of France. Don’t forget the homemade whipped cream!

cinnamonCafé Frederica- St. Simons Island, Georgia

Located in my hometown, this local café has been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch fare for over 20 years. They serve breakfast and lunch all day everyday but I find when I’m home visiting I make my visits to the café on Sunday for an early brunch. My favorites are- good ole scrambled eggs served with grapefruit and toast and blueberry pancakes. They also make a cinnamon roll so big and sweet you can’t help but smile.


 Indigo Coastal Shanty- Brunswick, Georgia

In downtown Brunswick, Indigo Coastal Shanty is another local favorite. They aren’t your typical brunch spot with mimosas and French toast, but it’s a great spot to get your weekend grub on. Chef Kate is a classically trained in fine dining but turned in her chef coat to open Indigo, a casual restaurant serving island style fare. I’ve had everything on the menu and you really can’t go wrong. My favorites include: curry chicken salad, a pimento cheeseburger topped with a fried green tomato (oh yea), and jerk fish sandwich.

heirloomcollageHeirloom Café- Athens, Georgia

Newer on the scene is Heirloom Café. Located in the historic Boulevard Neighborhood of Athens, Heirloom Café made its home in an old gas station, and is retrofitted to perfection as a homey farm-to-table café and market. Their brunch is lighter than most offering fresh salads and traditional egg dishes. They also serve up a tasty veggie burger (made in house) and a personal favorite: Love on a Biscuit, a down home version of eggs benedict with seasonal toppings on a homemade biscuit.

The Last Resort Grill- Athens, Georgia

A Classic City brunch institution is The Last Resort Grill. This downtown favorite serves up brunch staples like omelettes, a seasonal frittata, and pancakes. Order the Spinach Feta Grill: challah toasted in egg batter, then grilled to perfection, topped with poached eggs, portabellas, fresh spinach, artichokes & feta with our homemade roasted tomato sauce. Want something sweeter? Get the stuffed French toast: egg dipped challah bread baked with layers of rich ricotta cheese & seasonal flavors.

167948_541553330940_3616875_nEmily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more check out her blog Em’s on the Road. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.