Everything old is new again! We’ve got another round up and this time it’s all things vintage. “Vintage” can be hard to define, but most would agree that an item would have to be at least 20 years old, but not quite 100 years old (that would move it into ‘antique’ territory). Some might argue that an item should be closer to 50 years old to be vintage…making the 1970s the sweet spot. Regardless, we’re here to help you find some fun items in Knoxville!
1. Four Seasons Vintage
A fun little booth-style shop in Bearden, your hunt starts now for home décor, costume jewelry, furniture, art, books, and all kinds of things to discover.
2. Vintage Treasures
Right next door to Four Seasons, you’ll find, quite literally, Vintage Treasures. A booth-style store with vintage, antiques, and a variety of furniture can be found here. They also carry a great book selection that includes hard-to-find, classics, and first editions. You can even find vintage hardware, windows & doors, and other shabby chic items.
Turn back time with a heady dose of nostalgia. This massive emporium in Bearden has over 40 dealers to give you that retro fix with records, doo-dads, clothing, and all kinds of delightful pieces. Try to track down the shop kitties Oscar & Felix before you go, and then spend some time in the neighborhood too. If you love shopping, you’ve come to the right place.
4. Mid Mod Collective
Mid Mod Collective is a collaboration of some of Knoxville's top mid-century modern dealers. You’re sure to find a nice selection of mid-century modern, Danish Modern, retro, 50's, 60's, and 70's Modern, and Industrial furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry, and vinyl, all under one roof. Expect some higher end finds at this groovy spot on Central. Celebrate your new digs with a latte and a hand pie next door at Wild Love Bakehouse – yum!
6. Pioneer House
Vintage of the honky tonk variety! Boots, fringe, and belt buckles to make Hank Williams green with envy, art, and letterpress epheera (hand made in the on-site studio) are to be found at this western-themed shop downtown. Explore their curated artists work, gifts, turquoise jewelry, and more.
Another “booth-style” shop in the heart of Happy Holler, a funky neighborhood to the north of downtown Knoxville. This store carries a bit of furniture, clothing, home décor, record players, and so much more – and much of it with a retro flair. If you’re already in this neighborhood, consider getting Central Flats & Taps for lunch, and with that new record player in hand, stop by Raven Records & Rarities across the street to stock up on new tunes!
8. French Fried Vintage
FFV describes themselves as a “vintage clothing store dealing in unique fashions from classy chic to funky freak!” They carry true vintage, hand-picked items for a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and tastes. This shop is a perfect fit for the neighborhood known as “Happy-Holler” and are on Central just down the way from Retrospect and Mid-Mod Collective above.
10. Doing Dishes
Self-described as a “bright, colorful and quirky little vintage china shop with over 5,000 items in store specializing in colorful cheerful items.” Looking for a specific dish? They might have it, and you can buy it individually. You’ll find artistic florals, interesting patterns, and historically interesting China from all over the world in this little shop in North Knoxville. Perfect for the mad hatter in all of us!
Hope this inspired you to go on a hunt for some vintage goodies in Knoxville!