Looking for Great places to shop for Home Decor in North Carolina?

I’ve been gathering information about Small Businesses in town for a project that I’m working on and Wow! was I surprised to see the shockingly LOW amount of area home decor resources that I could find online. Where are you!?

Hickory, NC is seemingly brimming with opportunity for great Design Finds. Nestled amongst our sock factories and textile mills – we have a booming population of experienced furniture manufacturers employed by the companies whose products we drool over on our Design Blogs… (Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Broyhill, Hickory Chair, etc. etc.) So – these products make their way into Furniture Outlets peppered throughout the county, and if you are a super deal scavenger (like me), you can visit local thrift stores or Manufacturer Sales and steal furniture…….

Its all very fantastic and I really want to be able to tell you when its happening, and I wanna know when its happening in other cities here in my great state. Right now I’m relying on Indie N.C. to keep me apprised and well, I’m over here on the Western side of the State.

SO – This post is a plea to any North Carolina readers to take a few moments to jot down the retailers, thrift shops, and events that I shouldn’t miss in your area. It’ll be a long time in the making – but TEOT’s Official North Carolina City Shopping Guides for the Home Decor & Design Enthusiast are in the making! Please email me with information you think I should have at [email protected]

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  • i don’t understand what a feed the children picture has to do with a lack of online furniture design resources. please fill me in.

  • I love your blog, but I must say I find your use of this picture horrifying when equating it with any lack of online design resources. As much as I am a fan of beautiful design and it’s nourishing effect on our lives, it’s not even close in comparison to the need for basic food and water for survival. The poor taste in drawing the comparison in this manner is out of character with what I have loved and admired in this blog previously. Here’s one humble reader’s request to please change the picture…

  • I have to say I’m glad the pic is gone too. It was a parallel that could’ve been constructed differently. We apologize to all those who may have been offended.

  • Flea Market @ NC Fairgrounds Raleigh
    Karen’s Attic Southern Pines
    Adams Thrift Store Pinebluff
    Area Downtown Greensboro
    Design Archives Greensboro
    Father & Son Antiques Downtown Raleigh
    Cameron Antiques Fair Cameron (twice a year)
    Crate & Barrel Charlotte
    Ikea Charlotte (coming soon)
    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Factory Outlet Hickory
    A dozen discount furniture stores and thrift stores in Hickory

  • So, in response to your request for places to shop etc. in NC, I have a few places:

    In Catawba County:

    LaneVenture has an outlet that is open on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. They are located off of Hwy 70 in Conover. They sell mostly outdoor type furniture but also some occasional pieces. It is sort of a “hit or miss” kind of place…but when it has been a “hit” day, I have walked away with some stunning pieces at amazing prices. Their number is 1-800-235-3558 if you want more info.

    Watson’s Furniture is a hole in the wall that always has great deals. It is located at:
    1205 1st Ave SW
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 261-0822

    There is another place on 8th Ave. NE which is an old warehouse near LR College right beside where El Sombrero used to be. It is unmarked and looks closed. They have lots of furniture odds and ends and they have great deals. I have no idea what the name of the place is.

    Downtown Conover is full of antique shops. Ruby Jo’s is a really great one that has interesting things. I think it is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday…but please double check.

    The Jacobs Fork Gallery in Mt. View has lovely items from local artisans such as pottery, metal work and jewelry. While they certainly have their share of very traditional stuff, they also have some funkier pieces mixed in. I always find nice gifts there.

    Other locations:

    The Screen Door in Asheville is near Biltmore Village. It is a wonderful indoor flea market/antique mall type atmosphere that always has really unusual things. http://www.screendoorasheville.com/

    The Metrolina Expo, which is the first weekend of every month in Charlotte, is also a flea market/antique mall and I always leave with great finds.

    This is what I could think of off the top of my head. If I come up with anything else, I’ll let you know. Again, thanks for doing this. I can’t wait to see what other’s have to say!


  • Hi, Betsy:

    This really isn’t a source for home decor but probably would be worthwhile checking out anyway when you’re again in Asheville.

    Blue Barnhouse is a letterpress studio, greeting card company, and stationery store in Asheville, NC. The owner, Brandon Mise, teaches letterpress at San Francisco Center
    for the Book. I’ve taken classes with him but I’m not sure if they have classes at Asheville. In any case do check them out: http://www.bluebarnhouse.org/wordpress/

  • Amanda.
    I went to the 8th Ave warehouse and talked to the owner. He was super nice and talked to me for about 20 minutes. The place is setup like a woodshop more than a showroom. But you are right – there’s tons of neat stuff in there. I fell in love with these 74″ tall glass encased shelving units by VanGuard but they were sold.

    He told me that he doesn’t generally welcome foot traffic b/c he sells solely to Wholesellers and Designers in the Industry.

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