Today, I’m taking you to one of my favorite local spots. I love hunting for vintage and antique decor for my home and this is one of my go-to places. Let’s go antique shopping friends!
Hi friends! Over the years I have collected so many things for our home. Many things have come from family members, yard sales, thrift stores, and antique stores. I seem to get a lot of questions on where I’ve bought this or that and what some of my favorite local spots to shop are. Today, I thought it would be fun to start a new little series where I share a different shop each month that I love. A small part of me doesn’t want to give away my go-to places, but I think you’ll really enjoy them as much as I do! If you’re curious as to what I look for when antiquing, you can read my post on that here. First shop on the list –
Queen of Hearts Antiques in Alpharetta, GA.
Queen of Hearts has three locations – Alpharetta, Marietta, and Buford. My favorite location and the one closest to me is the Alpharetta location. This is one of the first antique stores that I discovered when I started shopping for antiques years ago. It’s been around for quite some time and has some really beautiful and established booths. I also love that they also donate to a number of wonderful charities. This store is what my antique dreams are made of, so let’s go inside!
It’s love at first sight every time I walk through the door! Right as you come in, you’re surrounded by European pine goodness. Many of these pieces towards the front of the store are out of my budget, but they’re so fun to admire. It get’s me in the right head space to browse the rest of the store.
To the right of the entrance you’ll find a large booth packed full of just about any vintage china and transferware are you could think of. There’s lots of beautiful English china that I have on my wishlist.
Willow will always be one of my go-to’s, so timeless.
There’s so many gorgeous furniture pieces, many stained and unpainted. They never seem to have a shortage of antique pine, which I happen to have a major soft spot for.
I spotted a couple of pretty armoires on my last trip. We use our pine armoire at home to store our board games. I love how roomy they are, perfect for storage.
I spy several Ina Garden cookbooks sitting on that pine cabinet! I own each of those cookbooks and use them regularly. If you ever come across her cookbooks while thrifting or antique shopping I highly recommend them.
The chest of drawers above really spoke to me. If only I had a place for it. I love that it’s never been painted. That old wood patina is just the best!
I wanted to bring this piece home with me, but it was a bit outside of my budget. I love the scalloped detail across the bottom. It would make a great end table.
I also spotted a couple of cute benches with the perfect chippy paint.
There always seems to be a great selection of English ironstone and vintage Pfaltzgraff.
I love using ironstone and blue and white transferware around my home in my Irish hutch, of course, but also on tabletops and on the walls.
I can’t forget the vintage copper cookware! My love of antique and vintage copper runs deep, but I’ve become more picky over the years. I’ve had to be due to a lack of storage space. My copper is already on rotation in my home, but there were a couple pieces that definitely caught my eye!
I’m think I may need to return to pick up that star mold at the top. I can squeeze in one more, right?
I love to look at this copper brush set each time I go in. It’s so beautiful, but way way out of my price range. Just looking and admiring has its way of inspiring me in my home. Sometimes I’ve been able to find a similar item for less elsewhere.
I always check out the decorating books, cookbooks and magazines when antique shopping. I’ve found some of my favorite books to be vintage books, so many classic ideas and recipes. I’ve also purchased almost all of my vintage Martha Stewart Living magazines are antique stores. (I’m only missing a couple of issues, so I’m still on the hunt!) Just below this Martha cookbook was a Julia Child cookbook. I passed on these, since I already own and love them!
Queen of Hearts always seems to have a great selection of antique wicker and rattan items. I’ve purchased several baskets from here over the years. Some can be pricey, but not all of them. You just have to find the right booth on the right day. I love these round stacked baskets!
The basket above reminds me a bit of the stacked baskets on my bedside table-
I love a classic wicker lampshade!
I have a similar looking shade on a mini lamp in my kitchen-
I have a number of these wicker vases and candle hurricanes. They come in different sizes and shapes. I usually pay $20 or less for mine.
Here’s snap shot of a couple I’ve purchased in the past-
Antique stores and markets are one of my favorite places to shop for artwork. I’ve found several really beautiful paintings and framed prints for $8, $15 and $20, like my favorite original oil painting that I picked up at an outdoor antique market for just $20!
You just have to look really well and often. I do splurge from time to time on artwork. If a piece really speaks to me, I’m willing to pay more for it. I just have to be very choosey because a lot of home decor has the tendency to “speak” to me, ha!
I think these sailboat prints would be perfect with a more subtle frame. Don’t be afraid to paint or gold leaf your frames if you love the artwork. I’ve done that on many occasions! Another great method to elevate a not-so-great frame is to use Rub-n-Buff. You can use it on wood or metal. You can see how I applied it to our brass lamps in our bedroom.
I love a good vintage sailboat. I’ve been tempted to take this one home with me the late two trips I’ve made here, but I think it might look a little too much like one I already have.
Here’s a photo of the one in our family room that I think it resembles-
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for vintage rugs! I loved the pink shades in this one. If you missed it, I shared our “new” vintage rug in our master bathroom last week. You can get the details, including a coupon code, good for the month of April – HERE.
Not everything in an antique store is old. There are many new pieces. I usually skip over those items for the most part. Too many times all of those booths look the same. (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.) I did however think this little bamboo vase was quite charming.
I spotted several pretty table linens as well. These tablecloths also came with matching napkins.
You can’t go wrong with a good block print!
Would you believe it if I told you that I only came home with a children’s book for Charlie? Last week I shared my 7 tips for creating a collected home, and I stated that 85-90% is just searching and admiring and only 10-15% is purchasing. It’s true! I saw so many beautiful things, but they were not right for my home or were not within my budget. I’m okay with that! The search is a big part of the fun friends. You never know what you’re going to find, so we’ll live on to antique another day!
I so hope you enjoyed today’s post. I love chatting about decor with you and it’s been so much fun to take you along with me to shop. In the future I’d like to do some IG stories in real time. That my local readers can stop in to purchase anything that they see and love. Until then, have a wonderful week and happy hunting!
Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta will be my first stop today! Thanks for the great photos!!
My sister lives in Cumming, GA and the last time I visited her she took me to Queen of Hearts (I live in PA). Needless to say I felt as though I’d died and gone to antique heaven!! There are many antique stores where I live, but NOTHING like Queen of Hearts. My family had driven to GA so I could only fit a few small items in my car to bring back with me, but I told my husband that next time I’ll rent a small U-Haul trailer for the trip home lol! It was the best antique store I’ve ever experienced!
What an amazing antique store! So many of the things in your photos looked like gems.
What a beautiful antique store!! I live in Minnesota, so not close, but what an amazing place to shop!! I loved every second of this post…how fun!! So many pretty things.
Thank You for the antique tour! I really loved coming along with you!!!
Thank you! There aren’t great shops where I live, so this was wonderful! ☺️
OMG! I could have dropped a bundle just from the pics you took! What an amazing antique store! I need to book a trip to GA asap,lol. Thanks for sharing such a great store with us.
Karen on Bainbridge says
So envious. There are no shops anywhere near me that offer the type of beautiful things like this shop. You’re so lucky. Antique and vintage shops are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
I’m in Tennessee and we always stop at Queen of Hearts (Alpharetta) if we are in the area! Great store 😊
Shelley Humpal says
Amanda: It’s wonderful to see such lovely antiques. I have been curating my home with antiques for years and I too love transferware, pine, baskets etc. You may enjoy my blog https.//fortheloveofold.net. Please check it our. I love your inspiration thank you.
I loved the antique store tour. My husband and I are married 50 years. We’ve been antiquing all those years and still enjoy going into antique shops. I’m looking forward to seeing more antique shopping with you.
Shirley Graham says
Would love to look around & Thank You for the pictures!! Right down my alley!! However, I live in Ohio so it may take me a little time to get there!! LOL
Wonderful post – I loved going antique shopping with you! Antique shopping is my favorite thing to do.
Kristine Dixon says
Thank you for taking us along on your antique shopping trip! What a great idea for you to share your favorite spots. I clearly need to expand my antique store radius because there aren’t any stores near me that are that awesome.
Rachel Stone says
Absolutely fabulous post! Really enjoyed antiquing with you today to get inspiration from the store as well as the practical illustration of how you’ve used similar items in your home. This makes antiquing applicable ~ and doable! My vote is a definite YES for more posts like this!
Margaret H says
Loved this post – always so good to hear about your process especially shopping.
Great post. I love your home and would love to go antique shopping with you. Half the fun is in the hunt. Thank you for sharing.
Karen B. says
Thank you for the armchair tour of such a great antique store. I wish I lived close enough to visit.
Thanks for showing us around.
Nancy Brantley says
Thanks for taking us shopping with you. Love seeing what stores have that I haven’t shopped. I’ve been shopping antique stores for many years. Sometimes like you said you might find a deal if you look thoroughly. I skip the pricey booths so I can shop more stores on my thrill of the hunt days.
I live in Anderson SC. Planning my trip as I type this! I love your beautiful home!
Sharon Rackham says
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TOUR OF YOUR QUEEN OF HEARTS STORE. I LIVE IN NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA AND HAVE NOT FOUND SUCH A STORE NEAR ME. I DID HOWEVER GET SOME WONDERFUL IDEAS FOR DECORATING. I AM VICTORIAN BY HEART SO LOVE ALL YOUR IDEAS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLOG. CHEERS,SHARON R.
Pat in Chicago says
Omg! Incredible. I would have gone broke. So much beauty in one place.
Thanks for the tour. I l9ve your style. Your home is so beautiful.
Jenny Main says
Oh I saw so many things I would want to bring home. Do they have a website i could check out to ask about shipping smalls? Thank you. I am so sad I live in CA so I do not know any one except someone in North Carolina. My grand daughter. I could some day fly to see her. How far is it from N Carolina?? thank you very much.