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Thankfully, Nashville has no shortage of great antique shops. Most are located just south of downtown, on 8th Avenue South. Start driving south, and you'll find shop after curated shop of interesting vintage treasures just waiting to be picked. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Downtown Antique Mall - Located just next to the train tracks, don't let the grafitti or gravel fool you. This unairconditioned warehouse space can occupy you for hours in a maze of interesting century-old wares, furniture and decor. Each cubby within the large warehouse is operated by different antiquers, so if you see a price—know that you're still allowed to haggle. The Market owners will call the operator of that cubby and present your offer. [612 8th Ave S. Nashville, TN 37203]
2. Gas Lamp Antiques (and Gas Lamp II). Though slightly more pricey, Gas Lamp Antiques offer a wide range of ecclectic antiques in two large facilities located within walking distance of one another. Gas Lamp and Gas Lamp II (it's younger, and much larger sister store) both boast fine vintage jewelry, furniture, light fixtures, art, and more. Again - plan to spend several hours perusing the various taxidermy, instruments, books, and treasures.
3. Antique Archaeology. Though its' become something of a tourist trap, Antique Archaeology, is Mike Wolfe's (of History Channel's American Pickers) Nashville outpost. Though the line often stretches around the block on weekends, inside, you'll find a host of goodies once lost, now found, thanks to careful nation-wide dumpster and garage diving. After you peruse the pickings - make sure to stop in at Bang Candy Company for some homemade marshmellows.