Shop the Nashville Flea Market
Eddie Shops the Nashville Flea Market
tagged along with style expert Eddie Ross to the Nashville Flea Market, held at the Nashville Expo Center at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The flea market occurs year-round on the fourth weekend of every month, except in December when it takes place on the third weekend. The Nashville Flea Market features more than 1,500 booths of antiques, collectibles, furniture, glass, jewelry, and fine art with dealers from 30 states.
Hunt for Antiques
If you're looking for antiques, start at the aptly named Antique Alley just behind the main office on Lot 3. Then walk back to Sheds 4 and 5 which house antiques dealers from all over the South in old animal stalls. The Fancy Flea building is also stocked with antiques.
Look for Books
For those who love all things kitsch and retro, Wilson Hall is chock-full of 1950s wares.
You'll also find Charlie Duncan there. He has a fantastic collection of old cooking and gardening books that are not just good-looking but also great for recipes and inspiration.
Discover a Silver Mint
Eddie is always on the hunt for hotel silver. It is a heavier grade silver than sterling, designed to stand up to lots of wear and tear. For an excellent selection of serving pieces, visit Tonja Harler of Gladys & Nora's Antiques in Shed 4.
Buy Some Boots
The Country Music Capital of the World is loaded with vintage Western wear and cowboy boots. Boots are a great vintage buy because they never go out of style. Don't concern yourself too much with the condition of boot soles, those can easily be replaced by a cobbler. It's more important that the leather and stitching is in good quality.
Pick Up Peachy Glasses
Eddie is always on the lookout for carnival glass, and this peachy color stopped him in his tracks. This grouping of similar, but not identical tumblers works as drinking glasses as well as vases. Try them filled with yellow roses or sunflowers.
Stock Your Jewelry Box
There's tons of vintage costume jewelry at flea markets, and lots of it is broken, making it very affordable. We found a plethora at Joel Chapman and Anita Farcinade's booth, Antiques Thrift 'N More in Antique Alley. Broken or flawed pieces are perfect for repurposing. My favorite thing to do with antique brooches is to make napkin rings.
Make Time for BBQ
Shopping flea markets always works up an appetite. Nearby, Hog Heaven is a must-stop for its out-of-this-world white barbecue sauce.
It's just a short drive from the fairgrounds so save your ticket for reentry on the same day.