Welcome to the new series from All Precious & Pleasant Blog entitled Where To Shop. I am enlisting the help of some dear friends to highlight favorite places to shop for their homes in their cities and towns over the next two months as we enter holiday shopping season!! Stay tuned for features from all over the great USA, and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating for your hometown. Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee. Home of country music and southern hospitality. Y'all just make yourself comfortable as I take you to a few of my favorite places to shop for my home. I tend to stick around South Nashville, and I am sure I am missing dozens of awesome places. If you're from around here, tell me about your favorite places so I can visit in the future!
1. The Nashville Flea Market - Nashville Fair Grounds Once a month, set aside time to go to the flea market. This is not for the faint of heart. Rain or shine, heat or freezing temperatures, hundreds of vendors camp out at the fair grounds for three full days on the fourth weekend of every month to sell all kinds of wares. Be sure to take with you: - Walking shoes - An eye for potential in the old and rusty - Cash - Your bargaining attitude. Don't pay asking price for this stuff. Get ready to haggle.
If you can muster up those four things, you are ready. You can find gorgeous antiques, beautiful glassware, craft items, decor, art, and even homemade food. This could be an all day event if you want it to. Oh man, I love this place. See another blog I did about this one here.
2. PD's - Franklin, TN
For Restoration Hardware style without Restoration Hardware prices, try PD's (Premiere Discounters) in downtown Franklin. I don't actually own anything from here, but I love to look! When we are on the hunt for our next major piece of furniture, I will definitely be dropping in. These prices certainly aren't flea market or thrift store cheap (which is usually my sweet spot), but it is a great way to get really high quality goods at a discount. And everything is just so beautiful.
Also...this place is kinda a secret. So welcome to the exclusive club. There are no signs outside and no website. It's in a big warehouse, and you wouldn't think twice of it unless someone told you about the beautiful and magical land inside.
3. Bargain Hunt Grassmere - Nolensville Rd. This is a chain store, but it's worth noting for those in the Nashville area. There are several Bargain Hunt (formerly known as Essex) locations around Nashville, but this is the one that I frequent. We bought the arm chair in our office here (for $120!), and I just found another gorgeous armchair with a friend there the other day.
I like to call this a junkier, more warehouse-like version of TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Everything is new, but it is overstock and scratch and dent. They carry everything from baby supplies to sporting equipment to TVs to Home Goods. We have even gotten a few cleaning items here.
The furniture is usually really awesome, and the prices go down the longer they have been in the store. They also carry pillows and bedding and lots of rugs.
4. Southeastern Salvage - Berry Hill
If you are planning any kind of remodel, this is the place for you. It is like a salvage yard of dreams. They carry furniture and home decor, but they also have granite slabs, lighting, kitchen cabinets, flooring, doors, and pretty much anything else you might need for a new home or a home remodel. It is a little bit overwhelming, but it is worth keeping your eye on.
5. Our Thrift Store - Franklin, TN Great Selection. Awesome Prices. Good Cause. Three of my favorite things. Our Thrift Store is where I got the chairs that I recovered for our living room as well as several other home items. They have an awesome and really large home store, and they get new stuff daily. They take great care of their selection, and it is the most organized thrift store I have ever seen. They work to give employment to adults with special needs, and they love Jesus.
They also have a great selection of seasonal decor, pillows, fabric, you name it! We got an artificial Christmas Tree there last year, and I have already gotten a few Christmas decorations there for this year :-)
Be sure to follow them on Instagram @OurThriftStore and "like" them on Facebook. They are the most social media savvy secondhand shop around, and they constantly post awesome items and their prices. You can even call with a credit card and order things you see over the phone!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to also check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStores (Williamson & Davidson Counties) and ReMix on 8th Avenue. Nashville friends, any other suggestions I am missing? I would be happy to update this post with some more spots!
Stay tuned for Where To Shop in other cities like Atlanta, Washington DC, and Houston--every Tuesday from now until Christmas!