Tips & Insights

Vintage Inspirations

Five fun and funky places to find treasures of a certain age

By Courtney of French Country Cottage

At the French Country Cottage blog, I explore a sense of style that is a delightful mix of rustic and elegant, shabby and sophisticated, focused on treasures that conjure memories and create conversations. At High Point Market, I find inspiration around every corner, in objects modern and traditional, colorful and neutral, weathered and wonderful.

If you have a vintage loving heart like I do, read on. I’ll take you on a quick tour of my top five must-see Market showrooms and shops for gathering up a huge amount of vintage inspiration.

5. Golden Oldies

Located just a few steps from Stop 27 on the Red Line, this showroom is an antiques and vintage dream. Just one look at those colorful chairs out front and your flea market loving heart might skip a beat. From furniture to bottles and dough bowls to trophies and china, there is so much goodness to be found at Golden Oldies. You might even ride away on that Vintage Vespa you have been looking for.

4. Bobo Intriguing Objects

Located right next to Golden Oldies, on the corner of West Broad Avenue and North Elm Street, this place is absolutely packed with inspiration. Here, you’ll find beautiful and traditional antiques, gorgeous salvage, and even some pieces that are on the edgier side. I love the unconventional juxtapositions that definitely never fail to inspire.

3. Gypsy Marketplace

For cash and carry treasures to cart home with you - you won't want to miss Gypsy Marketplace. Located at Stop 2 on the Green Line, at 105 Depot Place, it’s definitely one you need to add to your list of Must Stops. For marble sinks, dough bowls and rusty, crusty treasures from around the globe, there is just no place else like it.

Remember to bring your wallet with you because it is cash (or credit card) and carry (Well, you don’t actually have to do the carrying, you can have them ship a pallet full of treasures to you). Be sure to get there early for the best selection – a huge amount of the inventory is already tagged as sold by Saturday.

2. Dovetail Furniture

Dovetail Furniture is another on my list of not to miss showrooms for amazing vintage inspired pieces and displays. You’ll find it in Suites at Market Square (Stop 14 on the Red or Green Line).

“Chippy finishes are perfect for adding an extra amount of vintage charm”

Though their pieces are not all necessarily antiques, they definitely have that vintage look and authentic feeling. I love these cane back dining chairs and that china cabinet display. The chippy finishes are perfect for adding an extra amount of vintage inspired charm to any room.

1. Eloquence

My number one stop for vintage inspired pieces and displays? Eloquence antiques and reproductions, located in InterHall at the IHFC building. I am always in absolute awe of the way they put their displays together and the incredible amount of pretty in their showroom.

“You will want to re-do your entire house after shopping here”

They have just absolutely beautiful pieces – antiques and reproductions and some of the prettiest chandeliers around. Eloquence should absolutely be a stop on your list of showrooms if you love antiques and vintage French style like I do. Though – fair warning – you will want to re-do your entire house after stopping here.

So there are my top five stops for vintage inspiration while I am at High Point Market. Add one, two or all five to your next High Point tour. You won’t be disappointed!

See you at Market,

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage, where she shares lifestyle, design, and entertaining ideas, as well as her ongoing renovations of her 1940's cottage.