Last weekend I had the pleasure of going treasure hunting with two of my best friends in Atlanta. While a trip to Scott's was originally on the agenda, we decided that we didn't have enough time to spend there and instead headed to Decatur Estates (not Dekalb Estates as I incorrectly told a couple of folks). Decatur Estates is located in a Decatur strip mall between Big Lots and Piccadilly Cafeteria. But don't let its unassuming location fool you- head inside to find 6,000 square feet jam-packed with fantastic antiques, accessories, and vintage items (various sellers have booths there, just like Sleepy Poet in Charlotte).
Here are some highlights from our trip to Decatur Estates:
This pair of vintage upholstered pink chairs is fantastic. Unfortunately for us, someone else had already scooped them up!
I have accummulated quite the collection of brass critters, and this giant grasshopper (it's at least 12-inches long, maybe bigger) almost came home with me. They had a large brass crab too!
There were at least 4 vintage jewelry display cases like this one that were packed with fabulous pieces, from bakelite bangles to art deco rings to the most unique charms I've ever seen.
We all instantly fell in love with the gold belt motif on this coffee service. It was priced at around $65 for the set.
This lucite bar cart *may* have come home with me...
We saw several adorable tole chandeliers.
Everyone seems to be wild about large vintage grapes. These were $16 per set.
If you have some twin beds in need of headboards, this faux bamboo pair is gorgeous. I think I would resist the temptation to paint and leave them as they are, since they are so beautifully stained.
X benches are effortlessly chic. This one was around $125.
One of my friends came *very* close to purchasing this fantastic brass end table with nailhead trim. My grandmother has a very similar set from France in her bedroom. The picture here doesn't do it justice- it truly is a beautiful piece and would be so pretty in a living room or bedroom. It was around $250 if I remember correctly.
More lucite, this time in the form of bookends with embedded flowers.
This little tole end table is the perfect size for holding a glass, remote, and stack of books. It was priced at $99.
A pair of nautilus bookends is a great way to add an organic element to your room.
We didn't spend much time looking at vintage clothes, but Decatur Estates definitely had a well-edited selection. I almost bought this hot pink and orange graphic dress for around $24.
I don't know a lot about vintage tin plates, but this set of blue and white tin plates and trays in a chinoiserie pattern was amazing.
This dark photo does no justice to this gorgeous (and HUGE) bronze and glass lantern. One of my friends saw a similar one (actually a pair) in Charleston last weekend and thought they would be perfect for her gorgeous 1890's Victorian home. When she asked the price of the pair in Charleston, the dealer responded with $12,000. Seriously. So lucky for her, this one was just as pretty and a fraction of that price, so it went home with her!
My other friend fell in love with this molded linen tray. She can't wait to use it the next time she hosts book club at her (adorable) house! It reminds me of a Marimekko pattern.
Vintage barware is all the rage, so I am sure this bottle set won't last long. It was priced around $45 I believe.
We all stopped to gaze at this pair of green tufted tub chairs. Wouldn't they be perfect in a bedroom? Around $550 for the pair.
This pair of cloisonne lamps would be stunning on either end of a sofa table or buffet. They were priced at $250 for the pair.
A vintage silverplate coffee server is such a chic way to entertain.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but this is a 3-d lucite box full of beautiful butterfly specimens. So unique and around $45.
These lamps were made of cork (I believe) etched with chinoiserie scenes. Aren't the gold metallic lampshades just perfect?
This pair of vintage french poodle trays came home with me. I can't explain the attraction, but I instantly fell in love with them.
I came very close to purchasing this huge framed map of Paris. Its size makes it perfect for hanging over a sofa, piano, or other large piece of furniture. And the price is right- $45.
I've always had a weakness for vintage glass chandeliers, so this one caught my eye. It was around $350.
Isn't this grouping of vintage decanters so beautiful?
For a gentleman's bathroom or dressing area, this set of art deco hair brushes is amazing. They are onyx and silverplate and unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Much to our dismay, many of the fabulous display pieces like this gold faux bamboo etagere were not for sale.
I think I am most excited about this leafy gold tole lamp on a marble base for my bedroom. Isn't it unique? All I have to do is re-wire it and find the perfect shade!
And the best find of all- my friend's little boy who patiently looked on as his mama and her friends squealed, oohed and aahed over the treasures at Decatur Estates.
If you are in the ATL and haven't visited Decatur Estates before, definitely check it out. It's located at 2595 N. Decatur Road. Decatur is such a cute town with fun shops and restaurants- you could definitely spend a whole Saturday there. If you go to Decatur Estates, please report back to us with your finds!