As any antique aficionado can tell you, “antique” can be used as a verb and a day antiquing is a day well spent. Columbia is the perfect place for a day of searching for eclectic pieces, from retro modern or kitsch to southern traditional and shabby chic.
Just over the Gervais Street Bridge from the Vista, West Columbia is full of antique shops, with treasures in all price ranges. Start on State Street, where Gallery West welcomes you with one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, and antique furniture that will transform any space. A couple doors down, visit It’s the Little Things for a mix of new and old, everything you need to make your home a beautiful sanctuary. Keep walking and make a pit stop at the Old Mill Antique Mall, where more than 75 vendors offer everything from vintage toys and lamps to cookbooks and colorful, hard-to-find Pyrex dishes.
If you can plan your day around a Charlton Hall auction, you’re in for a treat. With more than 80 years in business, Charlton Hall is the leading auction house in the southeast. And if you can’t make a live auction, they also accept phone bids. If you’re more of a browser who’ll know it when you see it, you’ll love heading up Meeting Street in West Columbia to places like Worth Repeating and Meeting Street Interiors, where you’ll find beautiful antiques and rich history.
Though West Columbia is the antique epicenter of the Midlands, there are plenty more shops to explore. On Devine Street, Non(e)such is full of southern charm, which never goes out of style. They stock a mix of antique and new and the boutique is a popular stop for recently engaged couples registering for gifts. We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you to pop over to Millwood for a peek inside Birdhouse, a consignment store for home goods with vintage favorites to please any shopper.
Vintage apparel fans can find quality clothing and accessories at HipWaZee in Five Points. The store offers apparel from every era, whether you’re looking for a costume for a 70s party or a timeless look for a genteel garden party. Also in Five Points, Re-Invintage offers vintage furniture made new again through a little pain and a lot of artistry. And if you manage to pick up a record player along the way, Papa Jazz has an enormous selection of vinyl, just waiting to be loved again.
Antique and vintage art, clothing, and home goods can help you express yourself and show off your unique style. And the shopping is almost as much fun as owning your finds! Columbia is a great stop for antique-loving adventurers.