Some people hang around in antique stores for the thrill of the find. Others go to reminisce about days gone by. Some are looking for specific items and a few just stumble upon things that charm them. I go for all these reasons, and Jacksonville has its fair share of places to uncover old and not-so-old items of value. So, the next time you want to escape the present – and the heat – step back in time in one of these shops.
Avonlea Antique Mall
Avonlea, now under new management, is located on the corner of Philips Highway and Baymeadows across from Lowes. The new owners, Suszi and Georgie Kerr, come from the UK with over 28 years of antiquing experience. There are many upcoming events aimed at antique enthusiasts of all ages.
- July 22 – There will be a Coin Collecting event from 1-3 p.m. just for kids.
- August 3 – Customer Appreciation night from 6-9 p.m. This is a chance for customers to meet the dealers of Avonlea. There will also be door prizes.
- August 3-5 – 17th Anniversary ‘Golden Ticket’ Weekend
- August 31 – Antiques After Dark
- September 27-30 – Fall Festival Sale
Inside customers will find the Olde Florida Café which serves lunch Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The café also caters as well as holds privates parties and meetings.
Bayard Antique Village
Just down the road, at 12561 Philips Highway (US 1), this ‘village’ has individual cottages and the center section is called The Barn. Only open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Customers can find something different in each cottage, from clothing to kitchen items; from jewelry to ‘shabby chic’ décor and much more. Bayard Antiques has it all.
Sugar Bear Antique Mall
Located on Julington Creek Road near San Jose Blvd., this shop frequently holds weekend sales events, sometimes with free hotdogs or cookies, along with a drawing customers can enter. The store is visually appealing with its charming booths and variety of merchandise. Check out Millie Tillie Vintage, Booth # 18, HERE.
The Antique Market of San Jose
This Antique Mall and Consignment Barn is just south of the San Marco area at 5107 San Jose Blvd. This large, clean store has a good selection and helpful staff.
Southern Crossing Antique Mall
Located at 2718 Park Street, this mall has received great reviews from customers. One Google user says, “I always find new and interesting treasures there. The staff is helpful and courteous and I always leave with something wonderful!” The staff will hold items for you as you browse and the store is clean and well lit.
Fans and Stoves Antique Mall
Also on Park Street, this 5000 square-foot mall has a wide selection of items at good prices. It’s packed with knick-knacks and collectibles of all types.
5 Points Antiques
One more Park Street jewel, 5 Points Antiques has more than 20 dealers, this store focuses on the retro look and has a large mid-century decorative arts selection including a large selection of mid-century dishes. The store is open Monday- Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Grandma’s Things, Inc.
In addition to antiques, customers can find jams from the Amish country. This store also specializes in vintage jewelry. They have a great selection of Victorian, Edwardian, Deco and Rhinestone Jewelry up to the 1960’s. The store is at 5814 Saint Augustine Road in Mandarin.
Antique stores are not only fun, but they can also be educational. The extra benefit is finding a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special. So head out, not to shop ‘til you drop, but to shop ‘til you find what you’re looking for. You’ll know it when you find it.