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Best of Atlanta: Scott Antique Market

Sometimes I get jealous when I hear of these really great boutiques and outlets in other cites in which I don’t live–places like Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in LA. I think about how lucky the people are who live in those cities (that they get to partake of the fabulousness as often as they like), meanwhile I’m furiously bookmarking and notetaking, adding said boutique to my never-ending Must Visit list.  But before I get too down, I remember that Atlanta’s a pretty stellar place to live in itself, because I have access to a handful of fabulous stores that most people have on their lists (think Pieces, Stanton Home Furnishings, South of Market). We’re also home to great thrift, flea, and antique markets, and Saturday I took a jaunt down to one such place– Scott Antique Market–which is a nationally-known flea market that draws vendors from all across the country.

Scott’s (as we locals call it) is America’s largest indoor antique show featuring over 2400 indoor exhibitor booths and additional outdoor vendor space. This month at Scott’s was more of a scouting trip for me (more details to come soon!), but I ran across some great pieces and learned a neat history lesson in the process.

Aren’t these some of the most beautiful napkin rings you’ve ever seen? They caught my eye as I walked past the booth of Carol O’Steen from the Unique Silver Store, and I remarked that it was odd to see monograms of first names on an item that the whole family would normally use, like napkin rings.  Carol shared that the monogramming of first names dates back to times when people depended on wells as their primary water source.  Since the water was hard(er) to come by, clothes and household textiles were not frequently washed which meant that family members had to reuse their table napkins. As such, napkin rings were monogrammed with a person’s initials or first name so family members could identify their own napkin. What I love about these rings is that so many of them are truly unique, and the detail is something you don’t often see anymore.  They also make a thoughtful gift for the host or hostess who loves a well dressed table!
The thing about Scott’s is that there are so many great items to look through and vendors to chose from. If you’re like me and love an eclectic space filled with personal treasures that have stories to tell, you’ll really love this place.  It’s a must see for all of my Atlanta-based readers, and worth the drive for those of you who are out-of-towners. Eddie Ross even talked about some of his great finds here! Being that it’s an antique market, you never know what you’ll find, but I can guarantee that you’ll find something special.  Here’s a look at what I found this weekend:
kind of kicking myself for not buying this table…
If you live in Atlanta and have a great Scott’s find, leave a comment and email me a photo! If you live in a city/town with a great market of its own, let me know about that too.  I’m always down to travel in search of great vintage & antiques!

15 Comments on Best of Atlanta: Scott Antique Market

  1. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    January 10, 2011 at 8:13 am (8 years ago)

    WOW! I think I saw about 10 things I wanted in the pictures I posted. I am certainly adding Scott’s to my list. Fortunately I have amazing friends like…ahem…you…that I can come see and we can wreak havoc on this place.

    Those napkin rings were expensive, but I like the monogramed idea.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. Angela
    January 10, 2011 at 8:13 am (8 years ago)

    I love everything, but especially the chairs! You have a good eye.

  3. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    January 10, 2011 at 9:21 am (8 years ago)

    I would be in heaven there. Loved that story about the napkin rings. Learning a little about history is one of the fun parts about visiting antique malls and flea markets.

  4. Kim@Chattafabulous
    January 10, 2011 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

    Oh, I miss Scott’s. Haven’t been in a couple years, due lack of funds. After seeing these photos, it makes me realize how painful it would be to go and leave all that fabulousness behind!!!

  5. Dayka (Life +Style)
    January 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm (8 years ago)

    @ kim-Some of that stuff was really expensive (like, ridiculously expensive), but it’s great to “window-shop” and see what’s hot out there. I also love looking at the old, antique silver and when vendors know the stories behind the pieces it fascinates me even more. I’m also trying to find unique pieces of flatware to mix and match, and as you know, scott’s is the place to go for that!

  6. Dayka (Life +Style)
    January 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm (8 years ago)

    @Mr Goodwill Hunting-Of course you can come and we’ll wreck havoc on Scott’s together, Rashon! And thanks for calling me one of your “amazing friends”–right back @ you! šŸ™‚

  7. Niki McNeill
    January 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

    DECOR PORN! I just drooled on my iPad.

  8. autumn
    January 11, 2011 at 1:27 am (8 years ago)

    wow! you spotted some really lovely things. on days like that, don’t you wish for unlimited funds and a HUGE storage facility to fill?

  9. Shanika@LifeisPichey
    January 11, 2011 at 5:34 am (8 years ago)

    I am drooling! Unfortunately, we don’t have anything like that here in Columbia so I have to live these markets vicariously through others.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:32 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Dayka…everybody kept emailing me about your pictures! I go to Scott’s every month a post also. We actually took some of the same pictures like those fabulous chairs in the second to the last photo. Nice to meet a fellow Atlantan who shares the same taste. And I agree…most of the stuff is expensive but you can get great inspiration there!

  11. Sharon
    January 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm (8 years ago)

    I love visiting antique exhibits. It’s because aside from learning history, I find it very important must-have in my home. It is something unique from any other modern product. Just like in fashion, I am a fan of vintage clothing as well. It is something like the continuity in preserving a clothe or a shoe that makes you a part of its history.

  12. Dayka (Life +Style)
    January 14, 2011 at 1:58 am (8 years ago)

    @Sherry Clearly great design minds think alike! šŸ™‚ We’ll have to make it a date next month

    @sharon-i totally agree, and love the way you articulated the feeling! it’s the “becoming a part of its history” that i love the most.

    thanks for your comments!

  13. andrew1860
    February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Great post! I love Scotts and have set up there since the late 1990’s I want to start back setting up there with period Antiques.

  14. Anonymous
    September 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, I am so happy I found your blog. I’ve just moved to GA and Atlanta is the nearest big city to me. I love flea market finds and I’d rather recreate something versus buy it new! Thank you for posting this because now I know where to head out to this weekend!



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