Hunt For One-Of-A-Kind Treasures at Dallas' 10 Best Antique Shops

With more retail space per capita than any other city in the country, it's suffice to say that Dallas certainly has the market cornered when it comes to shopping. But the city's shopping scene offers more than just department stores and generic malls, it's also an antique lovers paradise packed with irresistible treasures and one-of-a-kind finds, certain to please every taste and budget.

Start your hunt in the Dallas Design District where you'll find two of the city's go-to antique emporiums: Uncommon Market and Lucas Street Antiques. Both shops boast a great spread of antique furniture as well as architectural salvage. Also located in the Design District is Lula B's Antique Mall, a local gem featuring a slew of booths filled with mid-century modern furniture, vintage clothing and kitschy collectibles.

Fan of the TV show American Pickers? Then you'll certainly want to stop off at DFW Mantiques, where you'll find retro nick-knacks specifically geared for guys.

And of course, no shopping trip to Dallas would be complete without a trek out to Canton's First Monday Trade Days– one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country.

Bring an empty suitcase, you're definitely going to need it after you check out the places on this list.  


DFW Mantiques
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Forget about fine china and granny cast-offs, the owners of this awesome shop peddle a miscellany of antiques and collectibles specifically geared for guys. Think of it as a veritable one-stop shop for accessorizing your man cave. We're talking everything from vintage workbenches and pinball machines to action figures, taxidermy, pin-up art and neon signs. And that doesn't even cover the store's collection of military paraphernalia, which runs the gamut from artillery to army fatigues, helmets, gas masks and flank jackets. Other finds include antique cameras, pocketknives and even vintage holiday décor. Bonus: They offer free beer while you shop.

Forestwood Antique Mall
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An antique geeks paradise, this cavernous 45,000 square-foot marketplace is filled with more than 200 dealers peddling an inventory so diverse that you could easily graze the stalls for hours and still not cover half of it. Early American, 19th-century English and French, art deco and mid-century furnishings, it's all here. Also expect to find Oriental rugs, antique books, gemstones, fossils and estate jewelry alongside handbags from the likes of Judith Leiber and Chanel. But don't come here looking for a bargain, that stunning 1920's French crystal chandelier or Corticelli Spool Cabinet can easily set you back several thousand dollars.

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Taxidermy baboons and vintage concrete torsos are just a few of the quirky surprises in store at Curiosities, the brainchild of mother and son team Jason and Terry Cohen. The pair have an extraordinary talent for turning hoarding into an art form, and as such, have stuffed their shop with a motley array of antiques and retro bric-a-brac, all carefully sought out from estate sales and flea markets. Find everything from vintage holiday decor (think: Christmas ornaments from the Victorian era to the 1960s) to carnival memorabilia, toys, electronic gadgets, furniture, turquoise jewelry and vintage clothing. While you're in the area, be sure to check out the vintage garden collection at sibling shop, Curious Gardens, located near the Dallas Arboretum.

Lucas Street Antiques
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It's not often that you can find a vintage anatomy model, a retro pinball machine and a pair of children's antique Bergere chairs all under one roof. But nothing about this expansive antiques emporium is predictable. Housed in a former printing factory, the 24,000 square-foot market boasts around 60 booths selling everything from American and European antiques to a host of unique items (like a collection of hat form molds) you probably won't see anywhere else. The store also offers a broad spectrum of mid-20th century furniture by design greats like Arne Jacobsen and Adrian Pearsall. Oh, and Lucas Street Antiques directly benefits the Genesis Women's Shelter it shares space with, so when you shop here you are contributing to a worthy cause.

Lots of Furniture Antiques Warehouse
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Though slightly chaotic and packed to the gills, this mammoth Design District fixture is one of Dallas' premier treasure troves for antique furnishings and collectibles, much of which has been sourced from around the globe. From Mid-century, French and English furniture to stained glass windows, chandeliers, rugs, architectural items and even tribal art, there's 13,000 square-feet of merchandise to root for here, and believe us, you'll need to root. But the hunt is often rewarded with exceptional finds at exceedingly exceptional prices. Better still, the store updates its inventory daily, which means it is constantly offering discounts to make space for new arrivals.

Dolly Python Vintage
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On the hunt for a pair of Harry Bertoia bar stools? Or how about a few shrunken heads and rodent skulls? With its chaotic retro jumble of mid-century furniture, random kitsch and vintage frocks, this 3,800 square-foot mecca of the macabre and magnificent is just the ticket for those on the prowl for something a little different. Find a wide variety of apparel from the 1940's to the 1980's plus cowboy, motorcycle and combat boots as well as jewelry, rock memorabilia, bones, doll parts and taxidermy. Don't leave without checking out the antique warehouse at the back.

Consignment Heaven
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Don't let the name fool you, this isn't your run-of-the-mill consignment store, the owner has an affinity for purveying top-quality antique, vintage and designer furnishings and offers them up for a steal. The inventory changes often but expect to find a wide range of traditional high-end furniture as well as everything from chandeliers and carved statues to vintage Wedgwood and wool rugs from Iran. Keep an eye out for an assortment of unique up-cycled pieces like French dough bins converted into sinks and lamps made from antique poly-chrome candlesticks. Look for the best prices on items that have been in the store longer than 45 days.

Lula B's West
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If the idea of scouring aisles of bric-a-brac, rummaging through bargain bins and haggling over prices excites you, then you'll enjoy the thrill of the hunt inside this veritable department store of vintage wonders. Here you'll find over eighty vendors peddling everything from mid-century modern and retro furniture to vintage clothing, kitschy collectibles and baubles galore. There's plenty to buy if you have an unlimited budget (like a mid-century stereo console priced at $1695), but luckily, you can also score some terrific bargains and dealers are constantly marking down their stuff. Even if you only end up spending $10, you'll still be able to walk away thinking you've hit the jackpot.

Uncommon Market
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A favorite port-of-call for design professionals, this spacious, family run Design District emporium is packed with unique antique furniture and accessories that the owners scoop up on frequent buying trips around the world. In addition to an eye-popping collection of tables, chairs, cabinets and armoires, the store stocks an eclectic mix of everything from vintage games to luggage, books, old auto parts and even garden decor. This place is also a particularly good hunting ground for architectural elements (think ornamental ironwork, British colonial doors, fireplace mantles and reclaimed stained glass windowpanes). Located within the same space is Uncommon Lighting, which specializes in custom reproduction and antique light fixtures.

Outlying Dallas Suburbs
First Monday Trade Days
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One of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country, Canton's First Monday Trade Days (located around 50-miles southeast of Dallas) is every magpie's dream, with over 5,000 dealers, pavilions and stalls sprawled across 100 acres. From apparel (new and vintage), antiques and collectibles to crafts and jewelry, whatever it is you are looking for, you're likely to find it here. Note that the main event takes place the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of each month. Whichever day you go, be sure to arrive early if you want to beat the crowds. Also, take plenty of cash and be prepared to haggle.


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