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 and period furniture as well as an assortment of unique vintage collectibles and architectural salvage. Also located in the Design District is Lula B's Antique Mall, a local gem featuring over eighty booths filled with mid-century modern and retro furniture, vintage clothing and kitschy collectibles.

Speaking of collectibles, those with a thirst for yesteryear will want to head over to Curiosities, a hoarders' haven that's stuffed to the gills with everything from antique furniture to vintage holiday decor, retro toys and quirky tchotchkes.

Another not-to-be-missed spot is Dolly Python, a cult fave among Dallas locals and style icons alike (even Iris Apfel and Jean Paul Gaultier have been here). The shop offers a kaleidoscope of mid-century furniture and random kitsch, plus it has the best collection of vintage duds in town.

Fan of the TV show American Pickers? Then you'll certainly want to stop off at DFW M'antiques, a veritable man cave of antiques and nostalgic knick-knacks (think: retro pinball machines, mid-century modern furnishings and vintage military miscellany) specifically geared for guys.

Lastly, 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. It's virtually impossible to come here and not leave with something– just be sure to hit this place on the weekend preceding the first Monday of the month–as that's the only time the market is open.

Of course, these are only a few of the treasure filled places you'll find, keep reading for more of Dallas' favorite antiquing haunts. And don't forget to bring an empty suitcase, you're definitely going to need one.  



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DFW M'Antiques
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Forget about fine china and granny cast-offs, the owners of this grown-up boys' paradise peddle a manly miscellany of antiques and collectibles specifically geared for guys. A veritable a one-stop shopping for your man cave (think: American Pickers), the store offers a mishmash of items that range from furniture to action figures to pinball machines, pin-up art, taxidermy and even vintage duds. There's just about everything here that any discerning dude would want and probably more that he doesn't really need. How about how about a knight in shining armor? Or maybe a table retrofitted with a vintage oxygen tank from a military bomber? Speaking of military paraphernalia, there's a room full of it—fatigues, hats, WWII flank jackets, soldier uniforms—and more. Bonus: They offer free beer while you shop.


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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 Lucas Street Antiques is predictable. And that's how owner Tav Walraven likes to keep it at his expansive antiques emporium. Housed in a former printing factory, the 24,000 square-foot market boasts some 60 booths offering up a discerning selection of American and European antiques, decorative accessories, industrial cabinets, art and decidedly unique items (like a collection of hat form molds) that you probably won't see anywhere else. It's also a must for mid-century enthusiasts, with a broad spectrum of merchandise that includes pieces by design greats like Arne Jacobsen and Adrian Pearsall. Prices can be a little steep, but you can't beat the place for its dedication to unique and quality antiques.


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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. Stock changes with alarming frequency, but expect to find a wide-range of traditional high-end furniture as well as everything from chandeliers and carved statues to wool rugs from Iran and vintage Wedgwood. You'll also encounter an assortment of unique up-cycled pieces: think lamps made from antique poly-chrome candlesticks and vintage French dough bins converted into sinks. Keep an eye out for terrific markdowns on items that have been in the store longer than 45 days.


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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 on a daily basis, which means it is constantly reducing prices to make space for new arrivals. And if all else fails, don't be afraid to haggle here— prices have been known to drop if you ask nicely.


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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. The shop features a wide variety of apparel (for both men and women) from the '40s right through to the '80s, as well as jewelry from every decade and a large selection of vintage boots, ranging from cowboy to motorcycle and combat. But particularly worthy of a browse is the antique warehouse at the back, manned by over 30 different dealers and consignors who offer a kaleidoscope of everything from vintage road bikes, old cameras, movie props and military ephemera to rock memorabilia, period furniture and the like. Oh, and there's also a menagerie of bygone bones, doll parts and taxidermy, in case you're looking for that too.


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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 the half of it. Early American, 19th-century English and French, art deco and mid-century furnishings, it's all here. As well as everything else: Oriental rugs, light fixtures, antique books, gemstones, fossils, taxidermy, estate jewelry and 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 you may be eyeing can set you back several thousand dollars. However, you can uncover a few bargains here and there. We spied some beautiful vintage crystal goblets going for $22. And if all else fails, you can grab a sandwich and pastry for under $10 in the charming tea room tucked away in the back.


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Curiosities
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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 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. The merchandise runs from vintage holiday decor (think: Christmas ornaments from the Victorian era to the 1960s) and carnival memorabilia to toys, electronic gadgets, furniture and exotic Asian antiques. The shop also carries a terrific collection of turquoise jewelry and vintage clothing for those wanting to elevate their retro wardrobe. While you're in the area, be sure to check out the vintage lawn furniture and other garden related objects on hand at the Cohen's newest shop, Curious Gardens, located near the Dallas Arboretum.


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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, old auto parts and even garden decor. There's also a complete library filled with leather bound books— as well as an entire room dedicated to knobs, hinges and brackets. And it's a particularly good hunting ground for architectural elements— think: ornamental ironwork, British colonial doors, fireplace mantles and reclaimed stained glass window panes. Located within the same space is Uncommon Lighting, which specializes in custom reproduction and antique light fixtures.


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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, there are plenty of bargains too, plus the dealers here are constantly marking down their stuff. And even if you only end up spending $10, you'll still be able to walk away thinking you've hit the jackpot. Just make sure to set aside plenty of time if you want to get the most out of this scavenger hunt.


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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 more than 100 acres. The market, which dates back to the 1850s, came about when area folks would trade their goods outside the courthouse during the circuit judge's regular monthly visits. And because the market is so large (drawing more than 300,000 visitors), it's not uncommon for shoppers to spend the entire weekend here. Whatever it is you're looking for, if it exists, you'll find it here: antique furniture, vintage collectibles, secondhand clothing, depression glass, farm equipment, jewelry—this mother of all flea markets truly has it all. But despite the name, the main event isn't on Monday, it's actually held the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of each month. Whichever day you go, be sure to arrive early (it opens at 8 a.m.) if you want to beat the crowds. Also, take plenty of cash and be prepared to haggle.


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