Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Go To Thrifting Stores | Knoxville TN

Today I'm sharing my favorite thrifting and vintage shops in Knoxville, TN. Over the past year, I spent a lot of time browsing these shops, so I hope someone will take over for me now that I've moved :)

If you find something amazing, tag me on instagram @sarahmdorseydesigns, I'd love to see!

Remember, with thrifting, you won't always find something amazing, but if you check in enough (at the right store) you will definitely find something! My general tip with stores - if I find a few things that remotely catch my eye or quality pieces, I come back. If it's all particle board and massive sofas, I'll move on.

Here are a few of my favorites!



KARM Thrift Store:

LOCATION: 

115 Sherlake Ln
Knoxville, TN


(West Knoxville) 

Old roller skating rink, stand alone building


EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE:

Very nice and friendly, but don't ask about anything you see in the back .. they aren't willing to pull anything out - you have to wait until it's on the floor. Also, they don't negotiate on price. Standard thrift store smell, but not too bad. 


MERCHANDISE: 

Consistently have something that catches my eye - a pretty large furniture area. They do overprice somethings, like Mid Century Modern pieces. But, some of the prices are very reasonable. If you see something that you like, grab it, because things sell quick here. I'd recommend getting there early - 9:30-10:00 am. 

This bamboo canned chair is great, but I passed due to the hole in the back (upper left), and the fact that I have way too many chairs right now. 



Amvets Thrift Store: 

LOCATION: 

109 N Seven Oaks Dr
Knoxville, TN

Strip Mall 

(West Knoxville) 

EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE: 

Okay. Standard thrift store smell, but not too bad. 


MERCHANDISE:

Smaller selection than KARM, but often have a few good things (not shown below :)! Reasonably priced. 



Habitate ReStore:

LOCATION:

1511 Downtown W Blvd
Knoxville, TN


Strip Mall/Office Complex

(West Knoxville) 




EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE: 

Very nice, but do not negotiate. 

MERCHANDISE:

Habitate ReStore is known for building supplies, but this location has a VERY large furniture area! Reasonably priced. 






Next, vintage stores! 

Bearden (between West Knoxville and downtown Knoxville) is known for vintage shops. 

Nostalgia Vintage:

LOCATION:


5214 Homberg Dr
Knoxville, TN 37919

Standalone building. I'm not sure what this used to be, but perhaps something related to the railroad, since it is RIGHT in front of the tracks. 

(Bearden) 


EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE: 

Very nice and friendly, plus they have two cats that live there. They support the local animal shelter, so I like that too. I've only bought small stuff there, so I've never negotiated, but they might a little .. not sure. 



MERCHANDISE:

You will always find something that catches your eye and the prices for the most part are very
 reasonable (for a vintage store). 


LOCATION:


5710 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Strip mall of 4 vintage stores

(Bearden) 


EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE:

Very nice! Like Nostalgia, I've never bought anything big here, but I think they probably would negotiate a little. 

MERCHANDISE: 

You'll always find something that you like! Prices vary vendor to vendor, but you can grab a great deal! 

A&R Used Furniture & Antiques:

LOCATION:

706 N Central St
Knoxville, TN 37917

(Downtown - Happy Holler) 

Happy Holler is and up and coming artsy neighborhood - empty store fronts mixed in with stores and restaurants. 



EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE: 

The owner is nice, you can always get $5 off each item that you buy (sometimes more). I think it's cash only. 

Not a strong smell, well organized.

MERCHANDISE:

I always find something that catches my eye. Prices are fair. There are about three rows like the image below, so it's very large! I believe they stock mostly estate sale items. 



LOCATION:

1617 N Central St, 
Knoxville, TN 37917

(Downtown - Happy Holler) 


EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE: 

Great! Very clean, lots of light (love the garage doors!) 


MERCHANDISE: 

Amazing! So much eye candy! If you love Mid Century furniture, you'll definitely find something that you love. The prices aren't super cheap, but reasonable. Definitely worth a stop! 

Retrospect:

LOCATION:

1121 N Central St, 
Knoxville, TN 37917

(Downtown - Happy Holler)


EMPLOYEES/ATMOSPHERE:

Good! Vintage Mid Century Modern feel.

MERCHANDISE: 

I've never bought anything here before, but they always have a few pieces that I love. Prices are moderate. 



If you're downtown, stop by Cafe 4 for lunch/dinner! mmm chicken and waffles! 



If you're around Knoxville, TN I hope that you find this list helpful!! If you find something amazing, tag me on instagram @sarahmdorseydesigns, I'd love to see your finds!

10 comments:

  1. Fun post! If only I lived in TN, I would eat this up! Now we just need you to do one once you get used to your new area in MD. ;) I'm in Annapolis and I'm sure we must have great stuff here but I am horribly bad at knowing where is an overpriced dealer, while missing the real gems bc the Salvation Army store is smelly. :) Would love to know any MD inside places you find! Thanks and keep up the awesome posts!

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    1. Yes, the smell can be pretty bad! ha! But the prices make up for it (sometimes :) I'll do a Maryland post sometime soon!

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  2. Thanks so much for this post. I'm about 20vminutes from Knoxville and am always on the lookout for good thrift shopping. I've been to Nostalgia but not the others. Will definitely check them out!

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    1. Yay!! I hope you find some amazing finds!! :)

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  3. I bought that bamboo chair from Karm! Haha great minds think alike. I replaced the cane in the back using some advice from the fun guys at the Woodcraft store. I totally agree with your descriptions. I wish you hadn't moved so we could be shopping buddies. Don't worry, I'll take over the thrifting hunt for you.

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    1. So funny!! I'm glad that you replaced the canning - the chair wouldn't be the same without it! I'd love to see a picture sometime! and if you're on instagram, tag me with your finds, I'd love to see what you find!

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  4. Those are some great thrift stores! I love the "Standard thrift store smell, but not too bad" ;) my daughter calls them the stinky stores. My favorite sounds like it would be the one with the two cats of course.

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  5. Thanks for the list, Sarah! I moved to southeastern KY about a year ago and Knoxville is the closest big city. I've been to Nostalgia but I'm looking forward to checking out some of these other spots!

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  6. You should definitely check out the Goodwill on 17th Street near the UT Campus. That store is cram packed full of awesome things - eye candy galore!

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  7. I'm heading to Knoxville in a couple weeks. Anybody know of any stores new since this post?

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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