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!