1. LULA B’S
If I remember correctly, Lulu B’s was my introduction to collecting antiques. It’s an awesome space in Dallas with all the vintage furniture and trinkets you could want. You’ll never have the same experience twice, because there’s just so much to look at here! Spend your time looking around, because the best deals are in the smallest items. I’m looking at you, you magnificent earrings and Coca-Cola storage tins!
2. C&W ANTIQUES
This shop is on the smaller side, but oh so charming. If you’re looking for some home goods that will impress everyone (even your parents), I’d start here. Every item they have is absolutely gorgeous and timeless! Some of my favorite antiques are beautiful glass pitchers (for flowers) and silver serving trays (as a bed-desk). This Grand Prairie gem excels in those and even more ornate goods that will add elegance to your home. They also have the best antique holiday collection around, so check it out now for Easter goods and in the future for Christmas treasures.
I’ll admit, I’m probably a little biased to this Dallas shop because I often walk there from my house to check out their gemstone collection and vintage blankets. This place isn’t super big, but they have packed it with all sorts of oddities. They have old medicine equipment (perfect for spooky Halloween decor) and a whole section of wacky art from around the world. Not too long ago, they opened a secondary garden shop that has the perfect centerpiece for anyone looking to win Yard of the Year.
I’ll take any excuse to get out to Fort Worth, mainly because there is something new every time I head out there. Now, I know to always leave space in the schedule for this treasure trove (another hidden tea room for the win)! The multitude of antique typewriters and cameras caught my eye here, but I can’t think of anything they didn’t have. Their furniture collection was mostly 60s mod, which I’m currently all about. I might just have to head back from the gold mirrored bar cart (if no one beats me to it)!
Pro tip: Any antique shop labeled ‘Antique Mall’ means the place is full of many different sellers who have curated all the best antiques, so you’ll get a lot of different styles and price ranges.
Besides having a cute little tea room, one of the big draws of this Lewisville antique shop is that some of its space is occupied by the Retro Revival Shop. If you’ve ever had ideas of buying old furniture and fixing it up into a modern masterpiece…but then realized you don’t have the time (nor the talent), these guys are your answer. The Retro Revival Shop has tons of beautifully updated antiques, perfect for those who love a classic piece with a bit of modern flair.
Originally, I found Forestwood because I was looking up tea rooms around Dallas (as an old soul such as myself will do.) The tea shop alone is enough of a reason to visit, but this spot also has a ton of great items. I was mostly impressed with all the lamps and and wooden furniture. Confession: I may or may not have bought a secretary desk here that I had no room for at the time. Don’t worry, I made it fit — and it was totally worth it.
The best thing about downtown Waxahachie is that you can go on your own “antique crawl”. You’ll want to start here because Old Town Village has three stories (!!) of antiques, but there’s a cluster of amazing shops all around the main square and hundreds of treasures to be found. If you’re ready to add some hopping to your hunt, spend a day in Waxahachie! Side note: while you’re walking from shop to shop, allow your grandma spirit to embrace her inner millenial and snap some selfies with all the beautiful wall art.
Have you been making your way through this list and realized you can’t recognize a diamond in the rough? No sweat, because this Frisco fave is for you. The shops gathered in this space all come from local artisans and craftsmen who are pros at updating antiques, adding that fresh coat of paint, and DIY-ing old items into statement pieces. You won’t find dust here, only antiques-made-new and completely revamped home decor.
I first discovered this gem when I was taking a road trip and exiting every time I saw an Antique billboard. (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it). It’s a little further north than the main Denton square, but worth the drive for the square footage of antiques you can explore. This is one of those rare shops that has very old stuff, but it’s all very clean. Sometimes when antiquing through stuff from the 50’s and earlier, you got to bring a bit of hand sanitizer – but not here! It’s like they’ve stepped through time to grab some goods and bring them back to us in the present day.