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Let’s Go Junkin’: Vintage Marketplace Wilmington, NC

Where to shop for Antiques In Wilmington, NC

Hello and thanks for joining me on the junkin’ trail! This summer my family vacationed at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, NC and I had the opportunity to shop at Vintage Marketplace antiques shop in gorgeous Wilmington, NC. I was so impressed with the store that before I knew it I was snapping pictures to share with all of my vintage loving friends and followers and taking mental notes for a blog post. There was so much eye candy I knew it would be a real treat for all of you vintage junkers  out there!

Vintage Marketplace Wilmington, NC

I first spotted the shop on the way to dinner on our first evening of vacation. It was closed, but I could see lots of rusty garden decor and salvaged pieces outside so I knew I absolutely had to visit at some point on our trip! When my youngest son and husband went on a deep sea fishing tour, it was time for me to hit the Wilmington junkin’ trail. First stop— Vintage Marketplace!

Vintage Marketplace Wilmington NC

Upon arrival I couldn’t get out of the car fast enough to take a look at the gorgeous, chippy-rusty garden urns and architectural salvage outside the shop! I knew there must be some real treasures waiting inside. As soon as I stepped in I was delightfully overwhelmed by a vintage wonderland. The lighting and displays were absolutely stunning and set the little vintage butterflies in my stomach all a flutter! I was welcomed with smiles by lovely shop owner, Janie Perry, who opened the Vintage Marketplace four years ago. She designs many of the fun lighting displays all around the shop too!

Janie Perry, Vintage Marketplace Owner

 I recently connected with Janie via email and asked her to share a little more about the shop:
Vintage Marketplace will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary on Sept. 1st at our new location 5827 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC 28403.  We have all been together for over 4 1/2 years.  I have a wonderful group of amazingly talented vendors that have an awesome eye!  We offer custom built farm tables, hutches, benches, kitchen islands, signs, barn doors, frames and so much more.  We also offer custom painting for people who would like their furniture painted, upholstery and monogramming.  
The shop is very diverse…we have a wonderful selection of vintage, antiques, shabby chic, primitive, mid century, hand made sterling silver jewelry, steam punk jewelry, crystal diffuser jewelry, beautiful clothes line and homemade biscotti and gourmet chocolates.
 We host “teas” for groups of 12 or more here at the shop.  It’s a wonderful full tea, with several varieties of tea, sweets and savories.  I have three facebook profiles for the shop…Vintage Marketplace (the entire shop), Vintage Marketplace Custom (features custom built pieces) and Vintage Marketplace Tea’s.”
~Janie Perry

vintage bicycle antique store display with lights

 

Gorgeous VIntage Marketplace booth displays Shabby Chic French Country Antiques Store

I have been to some nice antiques shops but most of them were poorly lit. Vintage Marketplace is light, bright and airy! Janie explained that the building had previously been a lighting store, so the space lends itself to showcasing beautiful lighting and chandeliers of all kinds.

Beautiful antiques shop display booth display dining room shabby chic vintage brocante farm table white chairs

This area of the shop is so lovely and perfect for bridal showers and tea parties!

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Everywhere you turn you will find vintage and antique furniture and collectibles from all eras which are suitable to every vintage decor style.  There might be a chippy, old primitive country pie safe or a retro metal kitchen chair right alongside a French Rococo buffet or a shabby chic dresser. Brocante gilded mirrors, trays and frames grace the walls, and table tops are loaded with antique and vintage dishes in many beautiful, collectible patterns. Farmhouse style x bracket table farmhouse style table setting

Modern farmhouse style “vintage” furniture and accessories such as galvanized feeders, distressed wooden trays and rustic lanterns will delight the fixer-upper style enthusiasts too!

amber glass thumbprint goblets gilded tray mirror tray tray displays

Francophiles and Blancophiles (lovers of all things French, and white) as well as the Victorian romantic at heart are sure to find treasures in every corner!

Chippy Architectural Salvage Vintage Marketplace

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All throughout the store there are creative and eye catching booth displays packed with found and foraged objects to keep the vintage collector delightfully occupied for hours!

Gorgeous shabby chic antiques booth display vintage marketplace

Hunk-A-Junque Booth

Beautiful antique chalk painted picture frames

Gimme all the gorgeous, antique chalk painted frames!!! The shop offers so many treasures…

Chippy chair architectural salvage

From chippy architectural salvage…Collection of vintage books

To vintage books…

VIntage Fishes Book Antitques Shop Wilmington, NC

Adorable farmhouse style booth display farmhouse decor

To adorable farmhouse country decor, furnishings and collectibles…
Repurposed shutters cabinet farmhouse style kitchen cabinet

There is a special find for every vintage collector!

Vintage antique salvaged windows antique cast iron tub antiques booth display

How about some old salvaged windows in an antique cast iron tub?
Chippy salvaged spindles

Or a cart loaded with chippilicious spindles? Yes please! (I wanted to roll this cart full of vintage goodness all the way from NC to my old Kentucky home!)

Gorgeous architectural salvage crown molding french grain sack towels

This stunning architectural salvaged crown molding remnant draped with lovely vintage French grain sack, linens and lace really made a statement…”BUY ME!”

Chippy shabby green chippy paint farmhouse cabinet

Or you might prefer a more rustic old cabinet simply chipping with charm! As you can see, if you love junk and all things vintage, this is surely the shop for you. But wait…there’s more!

Fantastic booth display at Vintage Marketplace Wilmington NC

Jentiques Booth

Farmhouse style booth display cotton stems salvaged door dried hydrangeas galvanized bucket

Cotton stems and galvanized items are all the rage in decor these days! There is plenty of galvanized goodness at Vintage Marketplace!

small vintage cast iron sink tiny cast iron sink booth display farmhouse sink

How adorable is this creative vintage sink display? Love that little sink! Dear Santa…

If you are looking for a special gift for a friend or even to treat yourself, you will find lots of pretty “smalls” around the shop like these beautiful and wonderfully fragrant soaps and hand lotions.

vintage junk east kentucky beverage soda crate antiques booth display

Being a Kentucky girl and collector of vintage soda crates, I was a bit partial to this creative display!

distressed chalkpainted dresser stack of distressed shabby books

I also adore distressed furniture and tattered old books tied up with crocheted ribbon! So much eye candy!!!

Gorgeous vintage booth antiques booth display vintage marketplace

Did I mention eye candy? Every nook, cranny and corner is filled with sweet finds!

Chippy corner cabinet full of treasures vintage booth display ideas transom window

 

Gorgeous booth display ideas vintage marketplace antiques shop

Mirrors, and sconces and doilies oh my! So many treasures that you will want to buy!!!!

Vintage doiles crochet antiques booth display

 

Gorgeous french mirrors antiques booth display french lighting

See anything here that you want? As for me, I would take that, that, those, and yes, that too! And one of those… ok, I’ll take it all!

Vintage dog bookends antique bookends vintage books

Antique dog book ends? I’ll make no bones about it…I want ’em!

Vintage farmhouse scale antique booth display

It has been a month since my visit, and all the treasures I let get away are still weighing on my mind! Can’t wait until next year though!

When it comes to a variety of vintage merchandise, adorable and creative displays, friendly service and reasonable prices, Vintage Marketplace deserves a ribbon or two!

Vintage books nautical vignette hemingway books

French Country Shabby Chic Garden style booth Vintage Marketplace

Bring the outdoors in or decorate your garden shed with beautiful shabby chic and French Country Garden inspired finds from Vintage Marketplace!

French Country Garden Style Decor

I loved this unique, mosaic tile toile de jouy chair…so perfect for a covered porch, sun room, or “she shed!”  There is simply so much to see and so many beautiful vignettes and displays, you will certainly want to be sure to plan lots of time when you visit!

Gorgeous vintage clothing vintage store vintage marketplace NC

In addition to antique decor and furnishings, the shop offers gorgeous vintage and boutique style clothing, hats, jewelry and other accessories. How fun to get all dressed up for a tea party at Vintage Marketplace!

Coastal Mantel Summer Mantel Beach Mantel Display Coastal decor

Of course an antiques shop in a coastal town just wouldn’t be complete without beach themed and nautical treasures galore!

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Adorable coastal decor beach decor Wilmingon NC

Yes, happiness is a day at the shore, followed by a day of shopping at Vintage Marketplace!

Nautical treasures mermaid vintage marketplace antiques shop

Look at this shop! Treasures untold! How many wonders can one building hold??? Lookin’ around there you think, “Gee! They have EVERYTHING!”

They’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty…they’ve got “who-zits” and “what-it’s” galore! Vintage thingamabobs? They’ve got twenty!  Shop a bit…make a deal…then buy MORE!!!!

Vintage marketplace antiques booth display

Vintage Marketplace offers a little something for everyone, including some good advice!

Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, & be sweet on the inside

 

Vintage cake topper cloche

Look closely and you will find the smallest and most darling little treasures! Check every booth for baskets, suitcases and crates filled with antique photos, silverware, vintage hardware and more!

VIntage Marketplace booth display

Search table tops but don’t forget to look underneath too!  Sighs… that’s me on the sweet embroidered linen, just under the table and dreaming of my next visit to Vintage Marketplace!

Brocante doll coastal french baby doll seashell

I can hear the ocean… and the vintage treasures calling to me!

VIntage beach ladies vintage 1920s swimsuits photo

After reading this post and seeing all of the beautiful vintage loot just waiting to be found, are you ready to grab your besties, your swimsuit, and piggy bank and head straight on to Wilmington for a little sun, surf, and chippy-shabby treasure hunting? There is at least another month of beachy weather to enjoy!  Of course Vintage Marketplace is open year round! Christmas in the shop is known to be a magical experience. Perhaps a little winter junkin’ is in order! Whatever time of year you choose to visit, I know Janie and the other vendors will be warm and welcoming. I am honored that Janie allowed me to take the time to photograph and share this post with you today, just in time to celebrate the shop’s third anniversary!  I surely hope you enjoyed this shop tour as much as I have!

To find out more you can like and follow Vintage Marketplace on Facebook. There are three different profiles for the shop: Vintage Marketplace (the entire shop), Vintage Marketplace Custom (features custom built pieces) and Vintage Marketplace Tea’s. When you visit each page be sure to comment about how you heard about the shop here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home!

Do you have any other fantastic antiques or vintage stores and markets to recommend? Would you like for your own shop to be featured?  I would love to hear all about it!

Until next time on the junkin’ trail…

Amber

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18 Comments

  • Reply Karren Haller

    I love to wander and gaze at all things vintage, I just wish there were a store in Las Vegas like this. What we have here are mostly vintage clothing boutiques.
    Thanks for stopping by Oh My Heartsie Girl!
    Hope you enjoy your day, have a great week!

    September 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh my goodness I would never have imagined in such a “touristy” place there wouldn’t be any good antiques shops. Hmmm, gives me an idea for a new business venture! Next month I will be posting about the huge Vintage Market in Columbus Ohio. The post should be ready toward the middle of October. I think you will really like it too. Thanks for stopping by today!

      September 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Fonda Rush

    We live in Shallotte, which is about 35 or so south of Wilmington. There is a nice antique mall called Baker Street Curiosity Shop {https://www.facebook.com/BakerStreetCuriosityShop} . It is less boutique-y, but nonetheless a good place to browse. Also, you might want to hit Southport. There are plenty of fun places to stop on Howe {Rt. 211}, the main drag, and there are some antique stores on E. Moore St, which is a block away from the shore. The movie, Safe Haven, was filmed there and in Wilmington. Use Google maps, blow it way up, and follow Howe to see the various stores available. Here in Shallotte, we have several consignment and thrift stores plus Miss Minnies, a smaller antique store with booths that hold various kinds of goodies. Also, we have The Fancy Flea and Fancy Flea II, on Hwy 17, just on the way into/out of town. They are pretty large. Have fun on your next adventure to our neck of the woods! I’m a misplaced Ohio woman trying to find more than a couple of reasons to love where I live.

    September 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

    Fonda thank you so much for this awesome reply! We hit Southport on our trip last month…but we got there about 4:30 and all those wonderful shops were closing up. I am definitely going to visit some of the places you suggested next year!

    September 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Janie Perry

    Amber thank you so much for the lovely blog that you wrote about the “Vintage Marketplace” it was incredible! You are an amazing writer! I’m looking forward to your next visit to Wilmington. Please let me know the next time you are in town and I’ll make a list of all the hot spots in the area. I so wish you could visit the Vintage Marketplace during the holiday season….it is an enchanting Christmas wonder land.

    September 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you for stopping back by the blog and commenting Janie! We actually have talked about coming down to check out Wilmington during the winter months since we are considering it for retirement years. I might just show up! I am sure it is wonderful! I will be looking forward to finding out about all the hot spots “on the junkin’ trail!” when we meet up again. Thanks!

      September 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    This was great, Amber, and thank you for sharing. I LOVE to see other shops well curated and especially when they display so well. Oh my, Janie, you have done a fabulous job here! I love lighting, and that space being conducive to it just makes me swoon. Lots of fun treasures to go through, and I love seeing all the nooks and crannies filled. Those are the kinds of shops my sisters & I spend HOURS in, combing through it all.

    September 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Rita I am so glad you stopped by! I would love for you to do a guest post here on your shop and The Charleston Antique Mall! I have been feeling much better and planning a fall visit. I will be in in touch!

      September 4, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • Reply Nancy Brantley

    Love this store! There is more stores in Wilmington to check out. I live an hour and half away so I frequent the Wilmington area often. Also check out Selma, NC……lots of treasures in this town! Dealers come to this town to buy to resale. You did a Great job posting pictures!!!

    September 4, 2017 at 3:13 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by! I have been to Fleabodies in Wilmington and I enjoyed it a lot! We really love the area and plan to vacation there often. I definitely will check out Selma. I hope you will visit the blog again soon, I have some more great stores and vintage markets I will be blogging about. Have a great weekend!

      September 4, 2017 at 3:16 am
  • Reply maryjo materazo

    omgosh!! heaven. i love this store. thanks for all the pictures. XO- maryjo

    September 8, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Isn’t it awesome? So glad you enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for stopping by!

      September 9, 2017 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, I totally immersed myself in this lovely, lovely shop! You did a great job narrating the tour and your pics are wonderful. I would have to be dragged from all that eye candy!

    September 9, 2017 at 11:35 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much for your nice comment Pam! I definitely can’t wait to go back. I am going to be blogging about some great upcoming vintage markets soon so you might enjoy those posts as well. Thanks for stopping by!

      September 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Pamela Smith

    Wow! I could spend hours in this store, just admiring and coming up with my own vignettes in my head! It will definitely be on my bucket list!

    September 12, 2017 at 4:12 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I definitely did not get enough time there! When I was working on this post and editing photos I kept seeing little things I missed. I can’t wait to go again. I hope you do and if so let me know about your visit! Thanks for stopping by!

      September 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Kathleen

    Now this is what I call a big slice of heaven! (I think I’m downright jealous.) I would literally be lost in there for hours! Unfortunately I’m sure my wallet would not be able to keep up with my wish list lol Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    September 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh Kathleen don’t I know it! I am really going to have to save up all my quarters for next year! Thanks for stopping by!

      September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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