/ by Stephanie Burnette and Hali Wyatt

SOUTHERN ANTIQUES are the brass ring. Exquisite homes in Greenville are designed around such family heirlooms or they are collected from excellent resellers in our area.

As of today, items made in the Deco and Art Nouveau movements are considered antique. If they haven’t quite made the century mark, then they are within striking distance. And if you can believe it, Depression-era wares are not far behind.

The term vintage is a moving target. Nothing younger than two decades should be labeled vintage, ever. The idea comes from viniculture and speaks of the grape harvest season. In essence, “vintage” is an object that represents its epoch. You should be able to look at it and know its era.

Deeming something collectible needs no timestamp. I think designers’ capsule collections have taught us this. But collectibles tend to work best in groups, displayed smartly for impact. At times commercial fixtures and signage can fall into this category or items not meant for the home that now has design appeal, like vintage luggage.

Can you still negotiate prices in the post-covid environment? Of course, you can. Serious buyers will offer 85% of the tagged price for larger items and closer to the asking price for items under $100. It’s considered in poor taste to haggle for something marked less than $25 unless you’re hoping to buy a significant group of items. The best introductory phrase remains, “Would you consider…” and don’t forget to ask about approval buying. Leave a credit card on file and run an item home to avoid buyer’s remorse.

We’re lucky to live in a region teeming with dealers. You could fill a weekend visiting shops in the Greenville area and never get to them all. The list crafted below is a survey of some of the talented folks picking desirable objects for resale; it includes traditional antique stores, antique malls, pop-ups, specialty dealers, salvage purveyors and thrifters.

Greenville County Antique Providers

Artifacts Greenville

3209 Old Buncombe Rd., Greenville, SC 29609 | 864-569-2313
artifactsgreenville.com | @artifactsgreenville

HUNT FOR:

  • Haute furnishings
  • European tabletop and religious objects
  • Garden and outdoor vintage
  • Art studios of Annie Koelle, Libby Baxter, Lee Macintosh and Summer Bennett.

Bennett & Sons Antiques

10017 Pelham Rd E., Simpsonville, SC 29681 | 864-757-8009
bennettandsonsantiques.com | @bennettsonsantiques

HUNT FOR:

  • Post-war furniture
  • American collectibles
  • Jewelry
  • Tableware
  • Vintage prints and lithographs.

Buncombe Antiques Mall

5000 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, SC 29687 | 864-268-4498
buncombeantiquesmall.com

HUNT FOR:

  • Vintage kitchenware
  • Coins and books
  • Collectibles
  • Americana
  • Textiles and holiday

Cottage Grove Vintage Market

1607 Laurens Rd., Greenville, SC 29607 | 864-423-9661
cottagegrovevintage.com | @cottagegrovevintage

HUNT FOR:

  • Glassware, brass and tabletop
  • Accent rugs
  • Custom pillows with designer fabrics
  • Painted furniture done right
  • Vintage and mid-century goods

Dodson Dig Co. Nostalgic Finds & Auction House

427 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609 | 864-626-3299
@dodsondigco

HUNT FOR:

  • Vintage signs of all types, including electrified
  • Signed pottery
  • Southern collectibles
  • Americana
  • Commercial fixtures and displays

Greystone Antiques

1500 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605 | 864-233-3424
greystonenantiques.net | @greystone_antiques

HUNT FOR:

  • Fine wood furnishings
  • Antique dining room tables and chairs
  • Plaster and gilt frames
  • Caned furniture
  • Furniture repair and restoration

Olde Faithful’s Antique Mall

3606 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, SC 20609 | 864-244-5070
@oldefaithfuls

HUNT FOR:

  • Vintage kitchenware
  • Pristine dresses, accessories and costume jewelry
  • Period toys
  • Books
  • Tabletop and vintage holiday

Red Ribbon Resale (Thrift Store)

803 Pendleton St., Greenville, SC 29601 | 864-235-0607
redribbonresale.com

HUNT FOR:

  • Estate sale finds
  • Textiles
  • Collectibles
  • Side Chairs
  • Bar glasses

Rock House Antiques

415 Mauldin Rd., Greenville, SC 29605 |  864-299-8981
therockhouseantiques.com | @therockhouseantiques

HUNT FOR:

  • European antiques
  • Chests and sideboards
  • Porcelain and sterling objects
  • Framed original art
  • Chandeliers, lamp repair and shades

Route 276 Cool Crap

1215 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville, SC 29609 | 864-546-0394
route-276-cool-crap.business.site | @route276coolcrap

HUNT FOR:

  • Vintage and antique hardware
  • Doors, shutters and windows, including stained glass
  • Enamel sinks
  • Outdoor iron and furniture
  • 20th-century luggage

Shindig Furnishings (Mid-Century)

1825 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609 | 864-915-9705 call to set an appointment
gvlmod.com | @shindigfurnishings

HUNT FOR:

  • Dining sets
  • Lamps with period shades
  • Dressers and coffee tables
  • Designer marked accent pieces
  • Bedroom suites

Southern Housepitality (Consignment)

110 Mauldin Rd., Greenville, SC 29605 | 864-299-0045
sohogreenville.com | @soho_greenville

HUNT FOR:

  • Designer brand sofas
  • Leather furniture
  • Dressers and end tables
  • Light fixtures and decorator lamps
  • Larger rugs

The Vintage at Main

1108 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601 | 864-569-8237
thevintageatmain.com | @thevintageatmain

HUNT FOR:

  • Juice glasses in sets
  • Cocktail culture
  • Baskets
  • Pairs of chairs
  • Vintage designer items

Vintage Market of Greenville

5500 Augusta Rd., Greenville, SC 29605 | 864-451-7042
@vintagemarketofgreenville

HUNT FOR:

  • Vintage signs and appliances
  • Architectural and agriculture salvage
  • Lighting, including parts and pieces
  • Southern antiques
  • Well-organized vinyl records

Wilson Girls (Pop-up)

59 E Main St., Greenville, SC 29611
@wilsongirlsllc

HUNT FOR:

  • Tabletop vintage, including holiday and miniatures
  • Southern collectibles
  • Unique side tables
  • Ironstone and blue and white china
  • Local art