Northwest Arkansas has many talented designers and they have created a high demand for vintage goods. It is so fun to make a day jaunt to the hot spots and pick up some amazing treasures! Here are the markets I frequent the most. Some are junktique shops and some are upscale estate sale shops. You can shop for that just-right vintage piece you’ve been looking for or you can meander through the shops and catch up on the latest trends in vintage decor.
1. Start out your jaunt by taking just a short hop and a skip west to the little town of Prairie Grove. This little NWArk town has some big shopping experiences all lined up for you along Main Street. Two of my favorites are across the street from each other. Daisies and Olives Antiques & Vintage Flea Market is a wonderful experience. You can start your day here with a great cup of coffee and a homemade cinnamon roll from The Pour House coffee shop located right inside the store.
2. Right across Main Street is Summit Hill Cottage. This is a beautifully decorated shop with lovely things in every corner! I bought a beautiful vintage cookbook there the other day. It will be that perfect item to finish off the staging in one of the early 20th century farmhouses I expect to list in this area.
3. As you get back in to Fayetteville and turn north on College Ave./Hwy 71B you will find the 410 Vintage Market on College Avenue located near Fayetteville’s historic district. This area is where some 19th century houses can be found on the streets that run behind this shop. You might want to take a little detour to see a few of those beautiful structures. The filming of some wonderful scenes of the mini-series North and South happened on Washington Street.
4. Continuing North on College Avenue is Lizzie B’s, the rock house turned vintage shop that sits up on the hill across from the NWArk campus of UAMS. This is one of Fayetteville’s newest markets and it is filled to the brim with fantastic finds. Their staff searches the land to capture some truly wonderful and unique items. The friendliest shop around.
5. Just a short drive north on College Avenue is the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center which is the new home of Flying Dog Vintage Mall. Whether you are looking for vintage lamps or a piece to refurbish or repurpose, you will find something you like here. I found some beautiful vintage linen napkins to decorate my Thanksgiving table. I love them!
6. As you continue north on College Ave you will get to the intersection of Township. Take a left there and you will find a wonderful vintage mall, In Retrospect. Look for the red and yellow striped awning that will beckon you in to a market full of vintage finds. I can definitely spend a whole afternoon here and not regret a minute of it.
7. Continue north on College Avenue/Hwy 71B to Springdale and you will find Midtown Eclectic Mall. As I walk through from booth to booth my mind is spinning with ideas for those vintage pieces from early to mid-century. Some are the perfect piece to repurpose and others are just right to restore to their original glory! This is stuff I dream about. There must have been a furniture maker somewhere in my family tree.
8. As you get back out on 71B go left and just a short way up turn right on Emma Street to the downtown business district. A lot of great shops have opened up as part of the Springdale Revitalization Project. It would be hard to pick my favorite but I especially like Mix Manor. They have the most fantastic furniture finds around. Really unique and eclectic finds that will really get your creative juices going for redecorating your home or office.
9. I never get bored at Christopher & Co. One of my favorite finds was an old cheese crate. I had been looking for the perfect thing I could use to plant succulents and sit in that special spot on the patio. And there were cheese factory containers in all sizes. The shop is only open on Saturdays from 10a-3p. My most favorite was an old wrought iron chandelier. One of a kind. Another great staging find for that farmhouse listing.
10. The cherry on top of this vintage jaunt is Cellar Door Antiques. It is just one of those places that totally wows you! It’s open Thurs-Sat. This shop is a little hidden treasure further up Emma St. Springdale and the perfect ending to a perfect day of vintage shopping.
If you live in NWA, I hope you learned about some new vintage shopping options. If you have any other favorite vintage shops around town, comment on this post and let everyone know. If you’re visiting, hopefully we’ve helped you plan a shopping day. If you’re relocating to NWArk, I hope this post gave you a glimpse of our area. It’s a great place to live!