• Liz Logan

From classic shops to new digs, here is Gaston County's guide to antiquing

Antiquing never grows old (see what we did there?). There’s the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve been eco-conscious by buying used, not to mention the joy of finding rare and unique items. Whether you’re on the prowl for household items, clothing or odd little trinkets, these Gaston County antique stores are sure to fill your weekends with lots of treasure hunting magic.

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B&B Antique and Artisan Mall

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3209 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

B&B Antique and Artisan Mall features booths from over 70 vendors, each with their own distinct flair for vintage finds. Located on Highway 74, this expansive spot is worth the short trip. With Value Village less than a mile away, this edge of the county is great for second-hand goods.

Catawba River Antique Mall

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406 Catawba St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

You can’t miss this mall, thanks to the giant statue of a hamburger-holding cartoon character. Open seven days per week with 300 booths, Catawba River Antique Mall is a great stop so be sure to add it to your antiquing bucket list.

Collector's World

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5106 Wilkinson Blvd., Gastonia.

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Looking for something to add to your collection? Collector's World has an extensive collection of comics, autographs, sports cards and antique toys. If you're ready to let go of your collections, stop in to sell.

De-Ja Vu Consignment Shop

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118 E. Main St., Cherryville

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Located in the heart of downtown Cherryville, De-Ja Vu Consignment Shop has been a staple for clothing and home decor for over a decade.

Gaston Pickers

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503 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Voted best antique store from 2014-2016 by Trip Advisor, Gaston Picker's expansive location has a maze of goods to shop through. From vintage toys and comic books to midcentury furniture, Gaston Pickers is a must on your antique map.

Heritage Mill Antiques and Designer Mall

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1820 Spencer Mountain Rd., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Heritage Mill offers vintage, antique and homemade items in a booth set-up. They are open seven days a week with everything from piles of clothing and furniture to dishes and handmade soap.

Highway 7 Cool Junk

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601 W. 1st St., Lowell

Wednesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Located in a repurposed grocery storefront, Highway 7 Cool Junk has exactly what it claims— and lots of it. With walls lined with, well, a lot of cool junk along with a variety of specialty-cut wood pieces for your projects, scouring the shelves for treasures is sure to be satisfying.

Mount Hollywood Vintage

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126 S. Main Street, Mount Holly

Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m.- 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you’re a vintage clothing junkie, this is the spot for you. Located in downtown Mount Holly, this go-to vintage clothing store has a unique inventory that changes regularly. Whether you’re looking for everyday wear or to piece together a vintage-themed costume, Mount Hollywood Vintage has you covered (literally).

Mountain View Antiques

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121 Shannon Bradley Rd., Gastonia

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Mountain View Antiques’ styles span from shabby chic to retro, with tons of other unique finds in between. You can expect to find vintage tin signs and other memorabilia you didn’t know you needed.

Pages Mill Farms Antiques

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212 S. Broad St., Gastonia

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pages Mill Farms has a focus on rustic and farm antiques, with bits of boho and rattan thrown in. Whether you're looking for furniture or unique finds, Pages Mill is sure to please all sorts of antique seekers.

Olde Mill Vintiques

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1008 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Olde Mill Vintiques’ forte is furniture. If you're not familiar with "vintiques", thing of the words “vintage” and “antiques” swirled together into a happy mixture of vintage and antique items, perfect for modern use. Whether its waterfall dressers and vanities in original finish or a fresh coat of paint, Olde Mill has a warehouse of great finds.

Piccolo Antique Mall

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134 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

This two-story antique mall is filled with art, records, glassware and much more. With over 70 vendors and new items arriving daily, it’s safe to say you never know what’s waiting at each turn.

Retro Toys and Collectibles

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301 E. Main St. #5, Cherryville

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If childhood nostalgia is your thing, Cherryville’s Retro Toys and Collectibles is right up your memory lane. Stop in for classic superhero toys, cars, and much more.

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

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111 W. Main Street, Gastonia

Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday -Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Restaurants aren’t the only businesses expanding into Gaston County. Sleepy Poet brings its unrivaled reputation of great goods to Gastonia, with vendors from their Charlotte location as well as vendors from Gaston County and beyond.

Stanley Creek Treasures

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710 S. Main St., Stanley

Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 pm.

A mix of old and new. Stanley Creek Treasures offers antiques and collectibles alongside modern wares as well as seasonal décor. Add this to your must-do list in downtown Stanley.

U-Neek Anteeks Consignment

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100 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Located in the mill adjacent to Olde Mill Vintiques, round out your treasure hunt but swinging by U-Neek Anteeks for vintage and antique home goods, furniture and more.