Antiquing in the Great Smoky Mountains can be like a treasure hunt with lots of fun and excitement, not to mention some great finds. There are antique shops and flea markets all over the area and you’ll never know what you’re going to find. Whether you’re looking for small decorative items, Appalachian folk art, glass and dishware or large pieces of furniture, you’re sure to find something you’ll fall in love with in one of the many stores and out of the way places dappled throughout the mountains.
First off, let’s discuss flea markets. If you like to spend a nice sunny day browsing through a flea market, The Flea Trader’s Paradise in Sevierville, TN is for you. Just minutes from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Flea Trader’s Paradise is only 4 miles from downtown Sevierville. Just off I-40, it’s easy to get to and with free paved and gravel parking, there’s no reason not to go and take a peek. You may find exactly what you’re looking for. With a 40,000 square foot Climate controlled building filled with vendors, you can roam the outdoor booths and still come inside to cool off a bit while still shopping to your hearts delight. On the outer edges of the Flea Trader’s Paradise, you’ll find vendors with new and used items, antiques and wonderful finds and let’s not forget local home grown fruits and vegetables that are too delicious to pass up. Once inside, you’ll find vendors for antiques, dolls, jewelry, quilts and much, much more. Also in the air-conditioned building is the Paradise Café where you can grab a drink, snack or stop for lunch. More things you’ll find at the Flea Traders Paradise are T-shirts, collectibles, coins and crafts. Souvenirs for your friends and family back home are readily available. And antiques, vintage clothes, and more antiques. Be ready to spend the day when you arrive. There is so much to see. Flea Traders Paradise is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Flea Trader’s Paradise is located just off I-40 at 1907 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN.
Another, even larger, flea market near the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area is the Great Smokies Flea Market, otherwise known as the 407 Flea Market. Touted as the ‘most visited flea market in the Smokies’, The Great Smokies Flea Market boasts an amazing 200,000 square feet and over 1,000 indoor and outdoor vendors to make your day a treasure hunting delight. Antiques galore, a multitude of vendors sharing their wares for collectors, and bargains for everyone, The Great Smokies Flea Market is a wonderful way to spend the day for an antique hunter. It’s also family friendly and pet friendly so no one has to sit this one out. When you want to rest your feet for a bit, there are several places to stop and grab a bite and take a little break. There’s free entertainment and free WiFi also. There’s even a Sunday morning church service if you’re so inclined. And when you’re ready to look for something a bit more modern, check out the Liquidation Center where you’ll find toys, clothing and household items, some up to 70% off. Want to take home a taste of the Smokies to your rental cabin? Stop into the Farmer’s Market where you can find fresh fruit, jams, and jellies. With multiple clean restrooms and places to grab a bite, you can spend your whole day at the Great Smokies Flea Market. The Great Smokies Flea Market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 5 PM. It is located at 220 W. Dumplin Valley Road, Kodak, TN.
Now if a small, cozy sort of antique shop is more to your liking, Parton Place just outside of Gatlinburg is jam-packed with interesting items. Located in between Gatlinburg and Cosby on the East Parkway, it’s well worth the short trip to browse the rooms of the store. With furniture, dishware, art and textiles Parton Place is a treat. There’s also books, tools new and old and cabin décor if you’d like to take a piece of the Smokies home with you. Parton Place is approximately 8 miles from Gatlinburg on East Parkway (321). It’s located at 4543 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg.
Parkway Antiques & Collectibles is a wonderful little shop in Sevierville. Family owned, the owner has been in the antiques business for over 60 years and can help you find what you are looking for. You’ll want to spend an hour or two perusing the treasures and once finished there are restaurants in the area. Hours are 10 AM – 6 PM. With excellent customer service, you’ll enjoy shopping for antiques here. Parkway Antiques & Collectibles is located at 716 Parkway, US 441 South, Sevierville.
A place a little off the beaten path is Rogers Antiques. Located at 250 Ingle Hollow Road, Sevierville, it’s not far off the Parkway. It may be a little difficult to find the first time you go but you’ll be sure to return if you like the feeling of treasure hunting through many unique items. It will be fun to spend an hour shopping and taking your time with the items from the past.
On the higher priced end of the spectrum but still a cozy family owned store, make a visit to Morton’s Antiques in Gatlinburg. Located in town on the Parkway, parking is available for a fee across the street a little further down. Morton’s Antiques has been in business since 1949 and if you’re interested in higher end glassware, this is the place for you. Just looking in the front windows, the sparkling glass of chandeliers and candy dishes will draw an avid collector inside. The staff and very helpful and knowledgeable and if you have a question about a piece, they won’t hesitate to research it for you. When it comes to glassware of course, getting it home is always in question. Morton’s Antiques are happy to ship it directly to your home. They carry Italian, German and American glassware and antiques. Since they are family owned, their hours vary. If you are on the lookout for a bit more expensive piece to add to your collection, Morton’s Antiques may have exactly what you’re looking for. They are located at 409 Parkway, Gatlinburg.
If you’re in the mood for a large venue, but not a Flea Market, there are a few antique malls in the Gatlinburg and Sevierville area that will definitely spark your interest. All within easy driving distance, you can spend most of your day in one or have a plan of attack to browse two or three in one day. Either way, you’re sure to find something to your liking.
In Sevierville, not far from Flea Trader’s Paradise, is a huge white barn that is the main building of Action Mall Antiques. When you pull in to the free parking lot, you’ll notice all of the gems and gem mining first. Whether you’d like to buy some large colorful rocks for your garden or gem mine yourself, Action Mall Antiques is the place to be. Once you’re finished browsing outside among the colorful rocks, go inside the barn to find booth after booth of wonderful antiques and collectibles. Not only booth after booth, but floor after floor will keep an antique hunter busy for at least a couple of hours. Books and carnival glass, vintage toys and tools. Too much to list, the Action Mall Antiques barn is definitely a place to stop for the serious antique buff. Located at 2189 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville, the hours are 9 AM – 5 PM 7 days a week.
Memory Lane Antique Mall has something for everyone. Antiques and vintage, they also have collectibles for every taste. If you’re looking for antique and vintage glassware, they have a large selection from one piece to full sets. The Memory Lane Antique Mall seems small from the outside but once inside it seems to go on forever. There is so much to look at be prepared to spend an hour or two taking in all there is to see. You’ll find fine antiques and rustic décor, along with vintage pieces. Glass sparkles everywhere and whether you’re looking for something rustic in nature to Victorian pieces, you can find it here. If you don’t like the price in one booth, look in other booths to see if the same piece may be a little cheaper. Located at 1838 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville the hours are 10 AM – 5 PM daily.
The Village Antique & Home Décor Mall is jam packed with small antiques to large pieces of furniture. They have a huge selection that you can spend hours looking over so that you don’t miss a thing. Rustic décor? They have it. Victorian settees? They have that also. With a wide range of treasures, it will be hard to choose. If you’re looking for something special, be sure to ask one of the staff. The Village Antique & Home Décor Mall is located at 1442 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville. Their hours are daily 10 AM – 6 PM.
Here’s another shop that should be on your list. Bears Valley Antiques. Vintage and antique items galore line the shelves and whether you’re in the market for something small and unique or a conversation piece, Bears Valley Antiques may be the place to find it. Located at 3360 Wears Valley Road in Sevierville, it’s just a few minutes off the Parkway and not out of the way at all. Whether you’re staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, the drive is easy and short. Their hours are 10 AM – 6 PM.
Wears Valley Antique and Craft Gallery is another large antique mall where you can spend a leisurely day browsing through the treasures. There are many booths were you can find furniture, glassware, textiles and artwork. Local artists also sell their art here. With so much to choose from, it’s a pleasure to stroll through and see the rustic to the finer pieces. Located at 3234 Wears Valley Road in Sevierville, their hours are 10 AM – 5 PM daily.
Heartland Antiques and Collectibles is another large store just waiting for you to come in and browse. Located at 1441 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, add it to your list of shops along the Parkway to visit. You’ll find rustic primitives, vintage collectibles, antiques and glassware. There’s two levels of treasures to browse and if you’re looking for certain items, don’t hesitate to ask. They have over 50 dealers’ booths inside so you should be able to find something you like.
Going a little bit farther out from the Parkway, you’ll find antique stores galore. One is Rachel’s Attic in Dandridge. A bit of a drive but known for vintage postcards, this might be just what you’re looking for. Located at 149 E Main Street in Dandridge, take some time and check out this neighboring town.
Another shop in Dandridge is White Swan Antiques. Not far down the street from Rachel’s Attic, it’s located at 218 W. Main Street, Dandridge. Check it out also.
You’ll find antique shops and flea markets, not to mention roadside open markets to satisfy your antique curiosity. Driving around the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area you are likely to see roadside open markets with local crafts and rustic items for sale. Be sure to stop and see if they have what you’re looking for and also, it makes for a nice leisurely day as you drive along the winding roads of this wonderful Great Smoky Mountain area. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch, grab a map, and try some of the back roads of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. You may find exactly what you didn’t know you wanted on a back road less travelled. But then again, the larger antique malls and flea markets may satisfy your thirst for a great Smoky Mountain find. Whatever suits your please whether rustic or high end crystal chandeliers, the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville area antique dealers are willing to help you find what it is your crave to add to your collection.