Treasure Hunt: Six Search-Worthy Memphis Antiques Stores

When you want something unique, sometimes new just won’t do. For vintage housewares, furniture and oddities, go on a treasure hunt in these Memphis-area antiques stores.

Inside of Flashback Vintage Department Store in Memphis

A tray full of lions, roses and faces at South Front Antiques in Memphis

1. SOUTH FRONT ANTIQUES (374 S. FRONT)

If there’s anything architectural missing from your home, chances are you can find it (or a suitable replacement) here. South Front has been carrying all sorts of architectural oddities for more than 30 years. Their three-story building is stuffed with doorknobs, light fixtures, windows, bathtubs, mantles and hardware.

2. FLASHBACK (2304 CENTRAL AVE.)

Before you go inside Flashback, check out their amazing seasonal window display. It’s a preview of all of the mid-century goodness that the shop has to offer. They have a huge selection of vintage (and reproduction vintage) furniture, dishes, knickknacks, clothing and accessories.

3. GARY’S ANTIQUES (2158 CENTRAL AVE.)

Gary’s is great for people who don’t mind digging for their treasures. The low-ceilinged shop is stuffed with rehab-ready furniture, housewares, jars, and ephemera. Pro tip: Some of the best offerings are the ones sitting in the parking lot. Don’t overlook them.

4. PALLADIO (2169 CENTRAL AVE.)

Palladio is the opposite of Gary’s  refined, classy and well-organized. They’ve got a huge selection of antiques and art in a 12,000-square-foot building that used to be a stained-glass studio. After you shop, have lunch at the in-store restaurant, Cafe Palladio.

5. PAST AND PRESENTS (307 W. POPLAR AVE., COLLIERVILLE)

It can seem a little fussy at times, but Past and Presents is worth a visit. It’s located in an old filling station on Poplar Avenue in Collierville. In addition to a huge selection of antiques, it carries some new gift items. Pro tip: All sales are final, but the shop allows you to take items home for a 24-hour “approval period” so that you can make sure they’re perfect.

6. SHEFFIELD ANTIQUES MALL (684 W. POPLAR AVE., COLLIERVILLE)

Locals who have made the drive swear by Sheffield Antiques Mall in Collierville; we've actually described it as the “happiest place on earth.” It’s huge (quite possibly one of the largest antiques shops in the state) and carries a little bit of everything.