Sunday after church, I went with some friends to Kudzu Antiques Mart in Decatur. I had heard great things about it, so I wanted to check it out.
At 25,000 square feet, the sheer size of the place is overwhelming. It is basically like a flea market crossed with an antique store. They've got some really great antique furniture and accessories there, but they also have the flea marketesque knick-knacks and chachkas that some people love, and others (like me) typically hate. I needed to have some sort of mission while looking through this place since there is simply so much stuff, so I was on the lookout for some nice-looking crystal (or crystal-looking) liquor decanters. Here are some highlights that I saw while perusing:
Everything is organized into these "rooms." As you walk down the aisle, there is a room on either side of you. There are probably 50 or 60 of these rooms throughout the store, so hopefully this gives you a better idea of the sheer volume you're dealing with.
Good looking desk.
Fencing sabers. These would have looked nice on my wall (and only $35 for the pair).
This bell is actually cocktail shaker. You unscrew the handle and load everything in. You can see the screw-top spout which lets you pour your drink.
An artillery shell made into a lamp. Awesome.
An old English pub game.
I thought about buying the plaid one. $30 seemed a little steep, though.
Someone must have lifted these from Sterling Cooper...
Framed Civil War prints. For $10 a piece, these were really tempting.
I bet Hollister would have picked this up. For better or worse, I exercised restraint.
And the pièce de résistance. A framed antique Alabama flag. If it wasn't $250, it would have been mine...
In the end, I left empty-handed, but that's OK. I get the impression that this place has pretty high turnover, so regular trips are probably warranted. They're open seven days a week from 11:00-7:00, so next time you're in Decatur, drop in.
Kudzu Antique Market
2928 East Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030