Chamblee Antique Row is a mini paradise for the shopper who loves antique, vintage, and obscure items. Located in the historic section of Old Chamblee, the numerous stores take you back to simpler times as you browse through a wide selection of everything old and collectible. You’ll find books, old fans, typewriters, vintage luggage and signs, road signs, toys, furniture, and practically anything you can think of. There are also eateries featuring creative Southern comfort food, New Jersey-style thin crust pizza, and an eclectic boutique that doubles as a spot for coffee and sweets.
The city of Chamblee is located just outside of Atlanta proper. It was incorporated in 1908, intertwining three major industries in the area. There were loads of dairies, railroad work, and military in the area then, though there are still some now. Specifically, the town was known for its rolling hills and acres of dairy farms, with railroad lines crossing the land.
In 1917, the young town was transformed into Camp Gordon and became home to over 40,000 military personnel. The Camp was closed after World War I but reopened again in 1941 as the Naval Air Station Atlanta. Finally, in 1959, DeKalb county took over the land and converted it into the Peachtree Airport, the second busiest airport in Georgia.
With all that varied history, there’s a load of intriguing memorabilia in the area. Lots of resale shops, consignment shops, thrift stores, antique shops, and collectibles stores have opened up. The Row offers a unique experience for both shopping and events throughout the year. In total, there are more than 300 dealers offering their antiques and collectibles, using more than 300,000 square feet to show off their wares. The district has become Atlanta's favorite prop house for film and television as well, meaning you might find some brilliantly unique pieces you'll want to show off for years at home. Chamblee Antique Row is easily accessible by MARTA, the public transit system of Atlanta, and the shops are usually open Monday through Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm. Sundays most are open between 1 pm and 5 pm.
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