The 5 Best Antique Shops to Jump-start Your Vintage Game (and Two to Skip)
With antique shopping, patience is a virtue...but sometimes we just don’t have time for that. So instead of wading your way through each and every tiny antique shop along a lone backcountry Texas road, consult our Dallas starter kit: It has five great shops for five kinds of finds. Oh, and two you can skip. (Hey, we had to narrow it down somewhere.)
For Major Statement Furniture: Lula B’s Antique Mall
Be prepared to be pleasantly overwhelmed by the selection here. Yes, you'll see trinkets galore, but our favorite finds are the big ones: mid-century modern tables and chairs, plush sofas and one-of-a-kind pieces (hello there, 1968 ceramic swag lamp). There is an Oak Cliff location, but we prefer the one in the Dallas Design District because of its size and variety of inventory.
1010 N. Riverfront Blvd.; 214-749-1929 or lulabsdallas.com
For Obscure Treasures: Curiosities
Although the treasure-to-trash ratio teeters on equal at times, you never know when you’ll be able to snag a truly unique piece with some serious Dallas history attached (think old store signs, historic books and children’s furniture).
2025 Abrams Pkwy.; 214-828-1886 or getcuriosities.com
If Antique Shopping Usually Stresses You Out: On Consignment
Don’t let the traditional treasures that line the walls of this Uptown shop intimidate you. The goods here are actually priced to sell, which is strangely rare in the Dallas antiquing world. We love this store for its helpful staff that manages to keep the store clean and in order (versus a hot, historical mess).
2719 Fairmount St.; 214-720-1818 or onconsignmentdallas.com
For Expert Advice: Snider Plaza Antiques
This Park Cities staple is made up of multiple antique dealers. That means multiple people are sourcing its vast collection of furnishings, jewelry and china and actually helping you understand what you’re buying, which is often the most intimidating part of antiquing.
6929 Snider Plaza; 214-373-0822 or sniderplazaantiques.net
For Updated Vintage Pieces: Again & Again
Not only do they source some of the funkiest furniture in Dallas, but they allow you to recover and reclaim items to suit your taste. Think about it: Grandma’s vintage sofa may have beautiful bones screaming for a chic cheetah-print makeover. Makes sense, right?
1202 N. Riverfront Blvd.; 214-746-6300 or againandagain.com
And Two Shops to Maybe Skip
Consignment Heaven is amazing, but the prices are pretty steep. So considering the plethora of perfectly good antiquing options in Dallas, we advise starting elsewhere before heading here.
And unless you’re specifically shopping for vintage boots, Dolly Python doesn’t need to be on the top of your list. (But if you are, well, that’s a whole other story.)