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.
Table of contents
- Why Shop Thrift Stores in Downtown Asheboro?
- Why Visit Asheboro?
- Let’s Shop Sunset Avenue – Vintage Thrift Stores in Downtown
- Where to grab a bite or a refreshing drink
- More Thrifting Around Town
- Charity Donation Thrift Stores
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.
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 how to decorate 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See some of my favorite finds from By Minkology!
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.
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, 23 S. Fayetteville St.
- Taco Loco, 138 Sunset Avenue
- The Flying Pig, 208 Sunset Avenue
- The Table Farm Bakery, 139 S. Church Street
- Hamiltons Steakhouse, 328 Sunset Avenue
- Hop’s Bar-B-Que, 240 Sunset Avenue
- The Black Lantern Tea Room, 137 Sunset Avenue
- Positano, 130 C. South Church Street
- Time Square Pizza, 242 S. Fayetteville Street
- Four Saints Brewery, 218 S. Fayetteville Street
- Leo’s Whiskey Bar, 111 North Street
- Lumina Wine Bar, 152 Sunset Avenue
- Carolina Tap House, 141 Sunset Avenue
- Bold Coffee Company, 103 N. Fayetteville Street
- Nannie Mae’s Cafe & Bakery, 108 Sunset Avenue
- Central Bakery, 122 N. Church Street
- Scoops by Mink, 113 North Street
- OG’s Sports Grill, 132 Sunset Avenue
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.
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.
I recently shared this Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover; the dresser was a ReStore find.
You can find the Asheboro Habitat ReStore at 3060 S. Fayetteville Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Links To Downtown Asheboro, NC
Here are some links to give you more insights into what’s happening in Downtown, Asheboro, NC
- Downtown Asheboro, Inc. Facebook Page and Downtown Asheboro, Instagram Page
- Asheboro Chamber of Commerce – Facebook Page
- Asheboro Life Instagram Page
- Asheboro NC. Gov
- Heart of North Carolina
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.