Historic homes, vintage clothing and fine antiques await treasure hunters in the Pensacola Bay area

As Pensacola celebrates its 450th anniversary, there’s no better time to discover the historic side of Pensacola and seek unique finds and bargains.

The prominent North Hill neighborhood is one of the largest residential historic districts in Florida and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains more than 400 historic homes built between 1870 and the 1930s. A stroll through tree-lined streets of Spring and Baylen just north of Cervantes reveals a literal outdoor museum of architectural treasures from Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Tudor Revival, Craftsman Bungalow, Mediterranean Revival and Art Moderne.

Visitors step back in time at Historic Pensacola Village, a collection of furnished period houses including a French Creole cottage built in 1804 to a middle class, 1890 Victorian home. The village is also home to Old Christ Church, Florida’s oldest church still on its original site, which was built in 1832.

The Pensacola Historic District, adjacent to Historic Pensacola Village, is a charming, waterfront neighborhood perfect for finding a unique item. Duh offers modern and antique furniture for the home and garden, while Suellen’s Secret gives second-hand items a first-class twist with fashionable designer clothing, gowns and furs.

Treasure hunters will love Bargain Sale, the largest yard sale in the South, hosted by the Junior League of Pensacola on March 13-14. The annual community garage sale fills 12,000 square feet with great finds from baby clothing and housewares to furniture and electronics.

With such an extensive history, it’s no surprise Pensacola is a haven for antiques. The area is home to nearly 50 antique shops and malls selling everything from estate sterling, chandeliers, Persian rugs and Victorian furniture to nostalgic items and collectables. The T&W flea market held each weekend on T and W streets between Cervantes and Fairfield streets offers visitors an eclectic range of vintage clothing, furniture and treasures to uncover. Blue Moon Antique Mall is Pensacola’s largest and oldest antique mall featuring more than 65 vendors with antique furniture, pottery, toys, baskets and more. Franklin Antiques & Flea Market offers jewelry, art, home décor, depression glass and primitives.

During the Pensacola Interstate Fair from Oct. 15-25, antique lovers are invited to bring in their items for appraisals and prizes. Antiques become an educational display with such items as letters from past presidents, draft papers, Civil War artifacts, food stamps from the Great Depression and even a family tree of photographs dating back to slavery.

For more information on other annual antique shows, call 850-476-1165. For more information on the Pensacola Bay Area, contact the Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-874-1234, 850-434-1234 or visit www.visitpensacola.com.

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