The charm of corner antique stores is one of Franklin’s biggest draws to tourists and locals alike, but what really makes open rooms full of old furniture and knick-knacks such a staple here?
Whether antiquing was a chore you endured for your treasure-seeking grandparents or one of your lifelong hobbies, it’s always good to get back to the roots of why we love wandering into stores with hand-painted signs and rich, earthy smells.
Lasting the test of time
Sure, there may be a little fade in the colors and a bit of cloud in the glass, but colors fade in sunshine and sea glass holds its own sort of magic. The truth is that antiques have usually been well cared for and lovingly built—and that quality shows in how long they last.
Whether you’re looking for a new bedframe or some old-fashioned embroidery to mix up your wall art, antiques can deliver on the longevity.
While shopping for new furniture, why not purchase items that are environmentally friendly? Antique pieces are sustainable because of the years and years of use that don’t require new, fast replacements. Being good stewards of what’s already been manufactured slows the demand for quick fixes that won’t last as long.
Now, you may not want to decorate your first home with doilies and butterfly lampshades, but there are some great finds that have timeless designs. Trends come in cycles, too—so maybe you just might rethink those doilies in another few years!
Even if you have a very modern home, variety is the spice of life; an accent coffee table of rich, rugged oak in a white living room can be striking to say the least.
Traveling? Antique shops are a great place to explore the flavor of the town’s history. Items may not all be locally sourced, but you will be able to get a glimpse into the past through the eyes of business owners from the area.
Browsing antiques is like visiting a museum where you can actually touch the exhibit pieces—and maybe even bring one home!
Full of stories
If you’re the sentimental type, antique shops also hold a sort of reverent sweetness. Walking into a store is like opening a time capsule and enjoying the opportunity to soak up nostalgia for people, places, and things you may never have even known.
Shop owners are also a resource of deep knowledge and historical appreciation who can share stories, chat about items, and explain the odds and ends you might not recognize.
Come shop for antiques in Franklin!
Every antique shop has its own personality, and we love that about our stores! If you’re ever in town, make sure to drop in; we have several spots that have become staples for antiquing enthusiasts of all ages who want to soak up the history, invest in some quality pieces, and get a taste for Franklin’s homemade, old-fashioned style.