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Antiques and Flea Markets in Augusta

I have lived in the Augusta area for the majority of my life and have just recently discovered some of our secret shopping treasures!  A couple of months ago, on a slow Sunday afternoon my husband decided to check out the Riverfront Antique Mall. What a treat!  As far as antique malls go, this place is ranked pretty high in my book. It is located indoors, which means you can enjoy it year-round, even during a hot and humid southern summer.  There are all sorts of different vendors, so the antique mall is organized by vendors. Most vendors have one ‘booth’ but some are large enough for two or three.  The best part is the variety.  You can find almost anything inside, from vintage clothes and handbags to books, music and furniture.  I am a collector of carnival glass and have been able to add to my collection with several different great finds here, like his blue compote. It works great as a fruit bowl, too!

We also found a booth with all sorts of Masters souvenirs and Augusta memorabilia. Since these items are only available once a year during the tournament, you can find them in antique stores around town.

The Riverfront Antique Mall even has a little cafe inside serving sandwiches and snacks.  This was a treat for me, since we ended up spending almost 3 hours here on our first visit!

One of my other favorite spots to visit is the Barnyard Flea Market in South Augusta. They have everything under the sun, from produce and plants to antiques and car parts.

The Barnyard is an open air market and also has several different spots for snacks too, in case you get the munchies while you’re wandering around on the search for a bargain. I’m usually on the lookout for another piece of carnival glass, but last time we were out there I found some lovely little tomato plants for my garden, for only $1 each.  You never can tell what you might find just around the corner!

Family trip for Downtown Augusta Shopping

My family was in town from Florida and New Jersey for the weekend. So what do you do? Downtown Shopping!!! We enjoyed the afternoon on Broad Street in downtown Augusta shopping. Although none of us need furniture, we could not resist Merry’s Trash and Treasures. Almost a whole city block full of furniture – some antiques and some brand new. Plus one really big chair on the sidewalk – pictured with the kids.

 Next we made it down to Art on Broad after a block of window shopping. We checked out the artwork, pottery and sculpture. My sister bought a few small glass pieces to take back to Jersey. I need to go back and pick up a lovely ceramic olive oil container and drop off a picture to be framed. They do great framing. The owners, Kristen and Jim, also got an earful from my family. It’s always fun to shop and talk.

We ended the journey at New Moon Café for a coffee for the adults and grape juice for the kids. I also think I will make a return trip next week for the Basil Tomato soup – the board said it would be the soup of the day on Friday. Yum.

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