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Vintage Thrift Stores In Downtown Asheboro, NC

Do you know the best thing about shopping in small downtown areas? For myself, it’s finding vintage downtown thrift stores! Today I’m sharing my favorite Vintage and Thrift Stores in Downtown Asheboro, NC.

Last year I shared thrifting in Wilmington, NC, which is where I love to shop when we are at our beach cottage.

However, most of my treasures come from my small hometown shops. So I’m showing you around the places I like to shop and why you should consider checking out thrift stores in downtown areas.

When traveling, I find that small downtown areas hold lots of treasures you don’t find in larger cities. The prices are usually better, and you can find some unique shops as well as restaurants.

Today I’m sharing many shops that sell beautiful antiques and vintage items. You will find a great mix of old and new in downtown Asheboro.

Why Shop Thrift Stores in Downtown Asheboro?

Asheboro is a small town that has seen a rejuvenation of the downtown area over the last several years.

Many historic storefronts are now filled with fun restaurants, vintage shops, a brewery, a wine bar, and even a whiskey bar.

Plus…. lots of fun shopping! Especially lots of antique, vintage, and thrifted items.

This makes downtown an exciting destination for a day trip or weekend getaway.

The heart of downtown is Sunset Avenue, with lots of free parking. Several shops are within walking distance and located within a couple of blocks.

Why Visit Asheboro?

In addition to the great historic downtown area, several thrift stores are off the beaten path of Sunset Avenue. Don’t worry; I’m going to share those with you, also.

Asheboro is also home to the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo and only a short drive from the country’s largest pottery community and pottery capitol of the US, Seagrove, NC.

Shopping Downtown Thrift Stores in Asheboro, NC - Home of The North Carolina Zoo - The Worlds largest zoo.

Many people pass through Asheboro, the geographical center of North Carolina while traveling to other larger cities such as Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte.

In addition, many will pass through on their way to Myrtle Beach, SC, and North Carolina beaches.

So if you are passing through, plan an extra night stay and leave a little room for a few vintage treasures.

You can plan a few more nights to explore the NC Zoo or the pottery community in Seagrove.

If you pass through during the summer, plan your trip to coincide with a free outdoor concert in Bicentennial Park. These are held once a month on Friday and Sunday nights. You can follow along for schedules at Downtown Asheboro, Inc.

Thrifting with the Gals

Today’s post is part of our monthly series, Thrifting with the Gals.

If you are new to our series, we are friends who share a love for vintage and thrifted decorating.

We all live in different parts of the country, but we come together once a month to share thrift store shopping ideas and tips on decorating with your treasures.

Here are the Gals:

  • Ann from Dabbling and Decorating finds her treasures as she travels between Vermont and Maine. She decorates both homes with so many vintage treasures.
  • Kristin from White Arrows Home loves thrifting in Minnesota and adds some of her finds to her vintage store.
  • Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest loves to travel and bring her vintage treasure to her lovely Florida Home.
  • Lora from Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder is joining us as a permanent addition to Thrifting with the Gals. We are so happy to have another vintage lover among us.
  • I am from North Carolina, and I love filling my farmhouse and beach cottage with thrift store finds. I focus on budget-friendly decorating and DIY projects.
  • This month, our guest host is the talented Joanna Anastasia. Joanna is the mom of three littles but still finds time for thrifting.

Today our guest host is Lora Bloomquist. Lora is so creative with all her roadside and thrift store finds.

If you are joining me from Kristin at White Arrows Home, I know you loved her Vintage Finds For Winter Decorating Ideas.

Let’s Shop Sunset Avenue – Vintage Thrift Stores in Downtown

Let’s begin our tour of Sunset Avenue and all the treasure you will find.

Downtown Asheboro was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2022. Sunset Avenue is the heart of the historic district, with storefronts from the early 1900s to the 1970s that have been refurbished and house thriving businesses.

Sunset Avenue, Downtown Asheboro, NC is the heart of Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping and Dining

Collectors Antique Mall

The Antique shop at 211 Sunset Ave. opened in 1993 inside the old BC Moore Building and later expanded next door in the Big Bear Supermarket building.

Vintage Thrift Stores in Downtown Asheboro.  Collectors Antique Mall with over 100 vendors

The shop has around 100 vendors located in a 35,000 sq. ft. space.

I have many, many treasured items that have been purchased here over the years.

See more details on their website: Collectors Antique Mall

Here are a few of my favorites.

By Minkology (previously Vintage Cottage)

Just across the street you will love shopping in By Minkology for vintage finds, painted furniture, housewares, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and more.

Historial Storefront - By Minkology selling a mixture of vintage and new home decor and clothing boutique.

This is where I have my mini-shop RaH-Rags. I sell unique fashion, jewelry, and the occasional vintage find.

The shop has the perfect blend of vintage and new home decor.

In addition to a great home decor shop, you can grab a refreshing scoop of Ice Cream while you shop.

You can follow along for special events and painting classes on By Minkology facebook page or at

See some of my favorite finds from By Minkology!

Flea Marketeers

Another of the vendor-based thrift stores in downtown is Flea Marketeers. It’s just down the street at 131 Sunset Avenue. This treasure trove of vintage goodies is housed in another old two-story department store. You’ll find over 25 vendor spaces and a great selection of vintage furniture.

You can see more about the shop on their Facebook page.

Here is a favorite find from this fun shop. I’ve had this piece for several years. The original dresser was a dark stain, and I painted it the green you see below.

Then we moved to the farmhouse, and it needed an updated look. After stripping away the green paint, you can see how the dresser looks today in the farmhouse on the right.

Antiques & GEEK Collectibles on Sunset

Another vintage thrift store downtown is located at 227 Sunset Avenue. This two-story vendor mall boosts 100 vendors with vintage and collectible finds.

Antiques & Geeks Collectibles on Sunset - Vintage Thrift Store in Downtown Asheboro, NC
Photo Credit: Antiques & Geeks Collectibles

Check out their Facebook page for more details

William Ivey Antiques

Located just around the corner at 118 S. Church Street, the shop specializes in “Period Southern Antique Furniture and Southern Pottery”.

Where to grab a bite or a refreshing drink

Here are some of the best spots to take a break from shopping thrift stores downtown Asheboro. All listed are within walking distance of the shops and included in Asheboro’s social district.

Magnolia 23 at Southern Restaurant location in downtown Asheboro, NC
The Taco Loco Authentic Mexican Restaurant located in a Historic Building in Downtown Asheboro, NC

More Downtown

In addition to the many vintage shops, you will find more boutiques and decor shops all within walking distance of Sunset Avenue.

Plus… you can catch a movie or a play at the renovated Sunset Theatre. You can see the schedule by clicking the highlighted link.

I apologize if I’ve missed hot spots in Downtown Asheboro.

More Thrifting Around Town

In addition to these great Vintage Thrift Stores Downtown, you don’t have to venture far to find more charity thrift stores and consignment shops.

I know I’ll forget to share some of the shops, but these are the ones I frequent. I always find great deals in these shops.

Charity Donation Thrift Stores

First, I shared why I frequent Charity Donation Thrift Stores in 17 Reasons for Shopping Second Hand Charity Shops. If you want to learn more about each of these organizations, you can read the above post by clicking on the highlighted title.

Therefore, I’ll not go into detail about these wonderful organizations here.

Instead, I’ll share the ones I check in with often and what you are likely to find.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

You are likely to find great furniture and tableware at the local ReStore. Some of my best deals have come from this store. They offer weekly discounts from 35% – 75% off. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some real bargains.

Take a look at these great deals.

The $1.00 lamp I shared with the distressed decoupage technique was one such find.

In addition, the free greenhouse chandelier is my favorite deal, and great tableware deals, like these botanical plates and champagne flutes.

See the full patriotic greenhouse tour or check out all the details on the thrifted Galentine’s Table.

I recently shared this Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover; the dresser was a ReStore find.

Mid-Century Dresser Makeover in By Minkology, Downtown Asheboro,NC

You can find the Asheboro Habitat ReStore at 3060 S. Fayetteville Street.

Christian United Outreach Center

Located conveniently at 930 S. Fayetteville Street, it makes it easy for me to stop in often, and I do. LOL

They have great furniture and vintage dinnerware deals. I’ve used several of my finds on the tablescapes you’ve seen. Here are a few of my favorites.

They also have great donated clothing and artwork.

Dogwill – Catwill Store, Randolph SPCA

I’ve just recently started shopping this thrift store but I’m addicted. This shop requires more effort on my part.

They are only open on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, they are located at 300 W. Bailey Street, Asheboro, which is the opposite side of town from me. However, it’s definitely worth the trip.

SPCA - Dogwill / Catwill Thrift Store.

Since I’ve started dropping by, I’ve already found some favorite treasures. They offer great prices, and all donations and purchases are for a great cause.

I found these great vintage spice bottles on my very first visit. That trip resulted in a new DIY Spice Rack to display these treasures.

Vintage Spice Bottles found at Dogwill Catwill Thrift Store.

Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift Stores

I have found many great deals at these donation thrift stores, but I’ve also seen a decline in merchandise at my locations.

This could be just the luck of the hunt because both stores have parking lots that are about as full as Walmart. The word may be out! “Thrift Stores have great deals”!

I’ll continue to stop in often to look for great deals.

The folding bench was a $10.00 Goodwill Find, and the Dessert Rose Dishes were a steal at Salvation Army’s Thrift Store for $1.00 per piece.

They were perfect for a pink and green St. Patrick’s Day Party Tablescape.

Live To Give Ministries Thrift Store

Locate 1530 E. Dixie Drive, Suite C.

Clothing and Home Decor Charity Shop with great prices.

Vintage Thrift Store – Consignment Plus

This vintage thrift store, located at 1721 S. Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, combines vendor and consigned finds.

Their prices are always amazing, and I have several items that y’all love.

First, the chippy primitive cabinet was only $35.00, and the Chest of Drawers was only $15.00.

Here are some links to give you more insights into what’s happening in Downtown, Asheboro, NC

Thanks for joining me today and I hope to see you thrifting in downtown Asheboro soon.

More Thrifting with the Gals

Next up is Lora with her tips on Collecting Vintage Stoneware.

Lora – Tips for Collecting Vintage Stoneware / Ann – Antiquing and 6 Thrifty Finds & A Lobster Biscuit

Robyn – 10 Common Thrift Store Finds for Spring Decor / Kristin – 12 Vintage Finds for Winter Decor

Downtown Thrift Stores in Asheboro, NC. Historical District includes many Vintage Thrift Stores & Restaurants.

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Sunday 19th of February 2023

Rachel, thank you for this post. It means so much to small business owners when they are acknowledged. I met you when you came into Flea Marketeers when you were gathering information on this wonderful blog. I have been helping out there since the store first opened over 20 years ago. We have so many great vendors, and new things brought in daily. Downtown Asheboro has changed so much over the past 25 years. There is something for everyone. Thank you again ~ Kim


Sunday 19th of February 2023

Kim I'm so glad you liked the article. I love stopping in your shop on a regular basis. I have so many treasures.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Sounds like so much fun! I would love to shop your circuit. So many great finds.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Renae, Thanks so much for stopping by.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Okay. That does it. Let’s get a date on the calendar for me and AnnMarie to come for an Asheboro weekend!!!


Friday 17th of February 2023

Anne, I would love that. We will talk.

Nancy Brantley

Thursday 16th of February 2023

I feel at home with this post...I have shopped years at Collectors Antique Mall and Sylvia and Jack that works there know me well! Also Flee Markerteers that Pam owns, I started out shopping with her and her sister Patti in the old house outside of town. Wait, they were downtown across from Antique Mall where I started with them. I have bought a lot of treasures from these places over the years. My husband and I live near Wilson but Asheboro was where I found the deals. There use to be other stores in Asheboro I loved but they went out of business. Maybe I'll meet you one day....


Friday 17th of February 2023

Nancy, Thank you for sharing this with me. I'm so glad you agree that Asheboro has great vintage shopping. I'd love to meet you one day.