Antique market brings new friends together

Shoppers and vendors alike are getting younger and younger at Scott’s Antique Market, making it the perfect place to find new friends as well as treasures.
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By Jess Grimm

Scott Antique Markets is breaking the mold on what it means to enjoy antiques. Shoppers and vendors alike are getting younger and younger at Scott’s, making it the perfect place to find new friends as well as treasures.

A group of customers looks through pieces in an outdoor booth at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

A group of customers looks through pieces in an outdoor booth at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

There is no lack of love for these beautiful pieces amongst the under 40 crowd at the show as many young women look to build upon their family heirlooms. This has eased the fears of vendors, show promoters and more over the last decade.

“This market is one of the best in the world, if not the very best,” said one exhibitor during the February Scott’s show.

“It’s not only inspirational to share interest with baby boomers like myself, but especially with the younger groups of shoppers.”

An uptick in the interest of younger customers can be partially attributed to shoppers wanting to go back to a time where furniture was made to last.

They want the toys of their generation to be in the hands of their children.

They want cast iron pieces for their kitchens that tell the same stories their grandmother’s pieces did.

Customers looks through a jewelry case with the help of a vendor at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta. Photos courtesy of Jess Grimm, Scott Antique Markets

Customers looks through a jewelry case with the help of a vendor at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta. Photos courtesy of Jess Grimm, Scott Antique Markets

New and well-established young designers from all over the country also hit the markets every month looking to bring a bit of nostalgia back to what they design for their clients, and with good reason.

According to the American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia chapter, Atlanta was named the fourth largest metro area for interior designers in the nation and Scott Antique Markets holds the title as sixth largest interior design market in the nation.

“Over the last two decades, our antique inventory in the 3,500 exhibitor booths has been complemented with great decorator items,” said show owner Don Scott. “The market has turned into a monthly decorator shopping frenzy when it opens because of all the great antiques and decorator items.

“Massive crowds of young people, including many decorators, supply décor to homes all over the world from right here in Atlanta.”

Scott Antique Markets is a special place to spend the weekend once a month for antiquarians. From the food to the facilities to the friendly atmosphere, you can’t go wrong.

“Credit must be given to everyone, especially the exhibitors that work hard to find so many great treasures, our employees, advertising staff, show and expo workers and many more,” Scott said. “We are fortunate to have the world’s best public show facilities. The world’s busiest airport is next door, with this massive freeway and state highway system that leads right into our large parking lots that surround these great buildings. There are eight restaurants within our expo centers with great food at reasonable prices.”

Customers wait in line for Bearly Awake Coffee, one of the many dining options at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

Customers wait in line for Bearly Awake Coffee, one of the many dining options at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

The market is a beautiful mix of older vendors with experience and knowledge who are willing to share with the younger crowds, eager to learn about antique and vintage items and bring them home.

People with similar interests of all ages can enjoy the weekend at Scott Antique Markets learning, buying and making new friends along the way.

The Scott Antique Markets Atlanta shows are held the second weekend of each month. Specifically, Scott’s Spring Atlanta market returns June 6-9. Admission is $5; parking is free.

The Atlanta Expo Center is located at 3650 and 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information visit www.scottantiquemarkets.com.

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