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Old 05-25-2006, 09:29 AM
 
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We are considering moving up to NC from Florida to escape hurricanes and crowds. We are originally small town folks and are looking for an area with lots of Antique stores-auctions-flea markets with antiques. Is Charlotte Gastonia a good option or is Raleigh better? Housing in Ashville seems a little pricey for us.

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Old 05-25-2006, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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The flea Market at the fairgrounds in Raleigh has some great antique dealers. Some have been there for over 20 years and could help you with alot of local info. You should come for the weekend and visit. There is an antique jewlery booth that I just love, and that women has been there for well over 20 years.Don't know about escaping the crowds at that flea market though, it gets rather busy. that must ssay something. moderator cut Have a wonderful day.

Debbie

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:49 PM
 
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What types of antiques are you interested in?
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:04 PM
 
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Country and general antiques. Quilts, furniture like pie safes, washstands, oak, mahogany, walnut, etc. Kitchen items, yellowware, graniteware, folk art, paintings etc. Nothing super fancy. We don't do much with glassware, but just about everything else. We are looking for a good area to set up shop. Been doing antiques for about 20 years.
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Lots of antique places in Hendersonville. About 25 miles south of Asheville on Interstate 26.


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Old 05-25-2006, 08:12 PM
 
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You will probably do better in the mountain counties Especially in tourist areas. I have some family antiques myself some Wheat cradles, sickle an old wagon, Even an ice saw from up north when they used ice boxes and Grandfather Clocks etc. Good luck to ya.
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:31 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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You will probably do better in the mountain counties Especially in tourist areas.
Yeah, places like Boone and Blowing Rock. Lots of tourists throughout the year, and plenty of people moving to the area who want to decorate their new mountain homes with period pieces.
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:58 PM
 
Location: East central NC
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I think antiques will be where you find them. I mean could be anywhere. Down East was settled long before the mountain areas; Tryon Palace in New Bern was the colonial (English) governor's mansion. There are land grant families/holdings down East as well. Then there are plantation homes like Hope Plantation, etc. I guess it would depend on the period of antiques you are most interested in. Of course the mountains and foothills have more of the Appalachian homestyle stuff, but the East might have older and more refined pieces. Counties along the border especially to the NE would be more tied into Va./Richmond/Norfolk/Williamsburg as these were settled long before the NC hinterland. I guess it would pay to start watching the local papers for estate sales. Boone Antiques in Wilson is a rather large antique dealer that is sort of off the beaten path. Plus they are close to Parker's Bar-b-q on hwy 301! Good Luck.

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Old 05-26-2006, 06:36 AM
 
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Boone's has beautiful English/French antiques. Very, very pricey. Stacked floor to ceiling and a warehouse busting at the seems makes it a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. People come from all over the country to shop there including several famous names. It isn't unusual to find pieces costing $25,000 and upwards. In fact the building is full of pieces as expensive or moreso. Several pieces from Boone's were used in the film "The Patriot".

Langfords Antiques in Wilson holds auctions regularly. They deal with estates and such with plenty of fine antiques. Fulfords is another one that deals with fine antiques. But Boone's is the largest and really sets the standard in that area.

There are a few junktique places in Wilson as well but it seems that most have either moved or closed shop. Right down I-95 in Smithfield, one can find all kinds of junktique shops with some better antique's thrown in the mix. Smithfield has revitalized their downtown with incentives for antique dealers to locate there. It's worked, there is an antique store or mall every ten feet it seems.

New Bern has a good smattering of antique shops too. We go there regularly to browse and shop.

Several in Moorehead City too.

Really they are located all over the eastern part of the state.
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:53 AM
 
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We are leaning towards Kings Mountain or Gastonia, they are close to Interstate 85. I think we would get traffic from Charlotte going to the mountains and some from South Carolina. Also that area is close enough to Charlotte that we would not have to rely stricly on tourists. Commercial real estate looks affordable there. I'm not really worried about finding antiques, I have good sources so I am more concerned with where I can sell them. How much snow does this area get, a few inches a year?
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