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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!

French Market Grille and Shopping in Augusta

Just wanted to write a quick note about a lovely lunch today in Augusta. I went to the French Market Grille in Surrey Center. This is a great place for a Cajun meal. I did not sit at the raw bar today. I ordered the She Crab Soup and the Jambalaya. Fantastic! Not too heavy but a three course meal – including salad. Very filling and relaxing – as you can guess no kids today although this is a kid-friendly restaurant. Of course, they offered the famous peanut butter pie for dessert but knew that would put me over the edge and a nap would be required. And there was no napping, since I was heading next door to do a little shopping next. Talbots, the Toy Box, and the Estate Jewelry Center were all on my list. Julie at the Toy Box always has the best gifts for my boys and Joel at the Estate Jewelry Center always has the best gifts for me!

Augusta Pride Parade & Festival

I had the opportunity to witness a first in Augusta!  I attended the first Augusta Pride Parade and Festival.  It was a celebration of diversity and equality among everyone living in the surrounding area.  It started out with a great, fun parade down Broad street.  The crowd was lively and the floats and dressed up cars and trucks were a sight to see.  Afterwards, everyone moved to the Augusta Common where vendors were selling food, jewelry, clothing and Pride t-shirts.  There were activities for children as well.

I left the event around 1:30 to go cool off and be back in time for the main event.  Grammy Award Winning Disco Diva Thelma Houston!  Thelma just turned 67 and she still has it.  She turned it out with her rendition of some of the great musical groups of the past.  Ms. Thelma ended it with her most famous song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and I must say I was really impressed with her singing and her moves. 

The final touch for the evening – there was a rainbow in the sky!  All in all, despite the heat this was one of the best first time events I’ve been to in a long time and I can’t wait for next year! 

Saturday Market on the River

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I have to admit, I had never been to Augusta’s Saturday Market before. I decided I was going to go on the first Saturday it was open. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up to support our local growers and artists! There were lots of vendors selling all sorts of stuff; vegetables, fruits, bread, purses, handmade jewelry, art, and plants. There were lots of families there; it seemed to be a very kid friendly event. Even dogs got to join in the fun!

The Saturday Market is open Saturdays through October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.theaugustamarket.com.

Social Canvas at the Morris

On Sunday, April 25th we headed downtown to check out the Social Canvas & Spring Artists Market, put on by the Morris Museum of Art.  I was a little concerned about the weather since we had rain all day on Saturday, but it cleared up and proved to be a perfect afternoon to spend outside.  Since we were at the Riverwalk there was a great breeze coming off the river.

There was plenty to see and do for people of all ages.  Kids could create screen prints to take home with them, or could make buttons from magazine clippings to pin on their shirts.  They also got to add their own flair to the big “Social Canvas” being painted by everyone, or make their mark with a sidewalk chalk drawing.

Professional artists were working on their original creations as well, painting right alongside the bands that were playing.  And there was some fantastic local art for sale – everything from wall art and photography, to handmade bags to pottery to jewelry. 

I got a beautiful vase and there were some pieces that would have been perfect gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m going to plan ahead for next year so I can do my summer gift shopping there!

Photo at top provided by Morris Museum of Art.

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