Athens, Georgia never stops creating that special wow-factor for locals and visitors. One of the best ways to get a feel for the eclectic college town’s charming vibe is taking a tour through the spunky vintage stores. Shoppers discover one-of-a-kind treasures thanks to the talented owners of each shop. Whether shoppers seek furniture and accessories to complete their mid-century modern home vision, the perfect pair of broken-in jeans or boots, a show-stopping outfit, or a rare vinyl record, Athens vintage shops help express their individual style.
Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s top 25 record shops, Wuxtry Records will take you back to your glory days, show you something new, and remind you of your musical passions all at once. Genre selections include ‘Local,' ‘80s & 90s Rock/Pop,’ ‘I Listen to All Kinds of Music,’ and even ‘Employee Picks.’ The ambient music bouncing off the vivid blue walls and the wooden crates full of vinyls puts everyone in their music mojo, including the R.E.M. band members who met at Wuxtry. The beloved Athens record store also sells CDs, T-Shirts and posters, so swing on by if you want to add a hop to your step by bringing the Athens music scene home with you.
Starlite Showroom displays a well-curated selection of furniture and décor. Starlite’s vision came to mind when business partners Mark Opel and Dan Beynart realized that showcasing antiques in traditional antique malls detracted from the essence of the piece. The owners chose a limited selection of dealers so they can artistically coordinate local artwork and vintage décor with the handmade furniture throughout the showroom. Starlite’s niche of Mid Century Modern furniture and décor has the aesthetic of many popular corporate furniture stores, but they have nothing on the quality and charm of Starlite’s selection. Those in search of a rare yet affordable piece of furniture love browsing through Starlite's pristine collection.
Family owned Atomic Athens showcases everything from collectibles to fashion to records. When looking for new selections, Atomic Athens searches for 60s and 70s era clothing and furniture. The store exhibits trendy selections of denim, the ultimate fashion staple. Art enthusiasts rejoice because Atomic also showcases local Athenian and Georgian artwork. Visitors are pleased with Atomic's diverse selection since it has everything expected of a flea market in a funky college town.
Vic’s Vintage stops nothing short of a collection of gorgeous wood furniture, musical instruments, artistic lamps, and anything else one could dream of (Elvis PEZ dispenser, anyone?). Owner Vic Peel traveled extensively during his time in the US Navy and acquired collectibles indigenous to the area. Vic has a keen eye for mid-century and Danish items that impress his visitors. His talent creates opportunities for selling/renting to filmmakers and finding furniture for other unique purposes. Vic's diverse selection paired with Vic and Kiran's charming personalities make for a delightful experience. Their knowledge of quality furnishing and captivating story-telling abilities allow visitors to leave Vic's with what they want and more.
Sustainability, locality, and sweet southern charm are wrapped up into a delightful store called Community, owned by Sanni Baumgärtner. The fashion-forward store is a step up from traditional consignment stores since the clothing items are updated by local designers and given a trendy twist. Community captures Athens’ vibes with the Athens Gift Box, filled with local Athens products and customizable for any occasion. Body scrubs and beautiful homemade soaps fill the store with a sweet scent that creates a relaxing experience. Those searching for the perfect gift, in need of an at-home spa treatment, or wanting to impress with their sustainable yet trendy style should stop by the store that lives up to its name.
Owned by fashionista Cat Bobon, Cillies Clothing is home to vintage designer items and much, much more. From intricately beaded wedding gowns to well-made coats perfect for fashion gurus, Cillies has it all. Cillies also sells locally crafted embroidered jean jackets and other clothing pieces that boost the wardrobe. Audrey Hepburn, Athens own The B-52's and other classic posters find their way into the eclectic store. Browse on your own or ask Cat for recommendations on creating the perfect outfit for any occasion.
Sparkle, denim, and fur throughout Dynamite creates the perfect opportunity for those wanting to wow others with their standout style. Men and women searching for the classic denim look will be pleased with high-end selections of jeans and jackets. Artistic décor and twinkle lights along with arrays of sunglasses, hats, swimsuits and spunky tops represent the individual with a contagious, fun-loving personality that wants to show others a good time too. Life-of-the-party individuals find everything they need at Dynamite.
Luxury vintage fashion lovers celebrate Agora Vintage's assortment of lavish shoes, handbags, coats, dresses, and accessories. Airee Edwards, owner of Agora, has a keen eye for all things high fashion. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada are among the gorgeous names that fill the store. Music aficionados will also be pleased with the quality selection of original band T-shirts, including The Eagles and Bon Jovi. The artistic layout of Agora and the fashion that will never go out of style creates an atmosphere perfect for fashionistas and pursuers of all things classy.
Athens, GA showcases a variety of stores that capture all types of personalities and passions. The stores are in walking distance of each other in downtown Athens near East Broad Street, or just a short drive away. Even visitors in the mood for window shopping will appreciate the cool finds and even cooler company within Athens vintage stores. Grab a friend that appreciates craftsmanship and style for a day full of adventure and surprise.
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