Vintageville Antiques and Farmer's Market
Our trip to the local farmer’s market was one of my favorite moments of my adventures in Columbus, Georgia. Every weekend over the summer, vendors and businesses set up tables along the sidewalks of downtown Columbus.
Kathryn, her husband, and I walked past Smoke BBQ and onto Broadway. We popped into Iron Bank Coffee Co. — an amazing coffee shop in a reclaimed bank. It had beautiful high ceilings, hanging artwork and mirrors, a room-length case of decadent pastries, and a mob of people waiting for their morning drink.
With our coffees in hand, we strolled back onto the sidewalk. It was mid-morning, and despite my shorts and tank top I could already feel the humidity creeping up to warm my ears. (I’m sure my hot caramel latte didn’t help).
We walked the three blocks of vendors. There were slime-making stands for children and softball teams fundraising for a trip. A bright yellow lemonade stand caught my attention. Tons of homemade soap displays and jewelry-makers called to us. Some homemade cookies, macaroons, and cupcakes impressed me with their displays.
We paused at this stand. Honey-making and beekeeping is something I always wanted to try. The candles were beautiful as well. They asked if we wanted to try any honey, but I knew I would buy a few jars if I did, so we passed.
We really came to the Farmer’s Market for a homemade empanada stand.
Homemade Beef and Chicken Empanadas
Two grown women and their mother worked behind their folding table lined with metal trays. They had a chalkboard sign highlighting their special, “Two empanadas with rice — $8.99.” Or you could order one empanada for $3.95.
We each ordered a container, since that was the better deal. I selected a beef and chicken empanada with my rice. I was surprised that many of the stands accepted credit cards.
A lined formed behind us as people saw our containers. We took a seat on the nearby bench as ladies asked us, “Is that spicy? What’s the filling?” We showed them our empanadas and persuaded them to join the line, and to order the combo.
The size and shape of these empanadas were like the ones my sister-in-law makes. They’re larger than my open hand, with a crimped, crispy edge and mound of filling. They were lukewarm and not overly greasy (which happens after they’re fried and cooked down).
I preferred the beef filling, though I was impressed with the seasoning of the pulled chicken. It was juicy and flavorful, which I didn’t expect.
The rice was fluffy. I wasn’t sure what type of grain that was, or if it came with that Spanish-style seasoning already, but I enjoyed it. The rice was filling enough to make this portion of empanadas (plus my latte) — a good start to the day. I would give the farmer’s market empanada stand a 10/10.
Handmade Prints and Post-Cards
I started a tradition after visiting Europe for the first time last year. I bought a post-card for every new location I visited. Whether it was from an off-the-beaten-path, small town card store — or a touristy stand in the market, I have a cute post-card from every country.
While in Georgia, I thought it would be a great time to find a post-card worthy of adding to my wall. There were photography vendors set up throughout the sidewalk. We stopped at one stand that had huge wall prints of well-known Columbus attractions. There was a beautiful post-card packet of the old Springer Opera House, which I loved. Except I realized it was a packet of six and I only needed one.
In the end, I should’ve bought that packet, as I didn’t find any other stands that sold them.
All the Sparkles
We stopped at a beautifully designed jewelry stand called, “Wired by Alp.” This vendor had three long tables under the shade of their tent, with a large banner behind the main table.
What stood out to me the most was the wooden displays and fuzzy white “fur.” Beaded bracelets, rough turquoise stones, and thin rose gold pieces sat in bowls, hung from boards, and dangled from wooden displays. The aesthetic was attractive and polished.
Kathryn noticed the beaded bracelets on the left-hand table — which reminded me of soul-mate bracelets with their opposite color beads.
I picked up a midnight blue bracelet. It had gold accents and reminded me of the Tardis. I knew I had to purchase it (for the color alone). I also selected a neutral colored cream and white bracelet to pair with more of my outfits.
I adore unique rings, so a bowl of colorful stones caught my attention. I tried several different rings — some metal, some with stones — until I found one that stood out to me. The bracelets we selected were also 30% off, which made me feel better about picking two.
I wear my cream and white bracelet every day. Even with my different style watches, it blends well.
I add Plant Therapy essential oils to the rough white bead (which this bracelet was made for). As I go about my day, I catch subtle scents of whatever essential oil I put on the bracelet. Depending on the blend and how much I add, the scent can last anywhere from 2 days to a week or more.
I would say Wired by Alp, the photo gallery, a local florist, and the bee keepers were some of my favorite stands at the Columbus Farmer’s Market.
If I lived in Georgia year-round, I would visit the market every weekend to buy fresh produce, catch up on local fundraisers, and enjoy the treats sold at each vendor.
A few mile’s drive brought us to the warehouse/antique section of stores.
We drove past huge churches and abandoned looking factories. We were driving parallel to the river (which is apparently full of alligators) — when we swung left into a large open parking lot of Vintageville antiques.
Despite the busy afternoon at the market, the antique store was dead.
“Let’s take a picture in front of the sign!” I said as we stepped out onto the broiling blacktop.
Kathryn’s husband was a good sport, as we took turns posing in front of the signs. The exterior of the building had cute flowered pots and decorations that I couldn’t help but take a photo.
We went through Vintageville’s front doors and up a ramp into the space. Walking into Vintageville reminded me of Fixer Upper’s antique shopping. The entire room was filled with items.
Each section of the large warehouse was divided into rooms. Each little room had a theme and design. Dining rooms and chairs were featured closer to the front door. Signs, mirrors, lamps, and larger decorations filled each hallway as we walked.
I loved the simple farmhouse signs, woodwork, and tableware. The prices were fantastic — especially compared to the antique stores up north. You could furnish your entire home with the items in Vintageville.
I loved so many pieces — I wished I could’ve purchased at least one item. The vintage lights, antique desk, and even the reclaimed wood was amazing. Any designer or DIY-er would’ve died to visit a store like this.
Another antique/consignment store shared the same parking lot with Vintageville. ReDesign Time had a mix of old antique pieces, as well as everyday pieces your parents might have in their home.
ReDesign Time was a large open space with a looped walking path. Items were grouped by style/color — such as the section of white above. What I remember most about ReDesign Time was a coffee-scented candle display to die for.
I didn’t see as many items in ReDesign Time, that I would consider putting in my home (besides these teal bar stools and dollhouse). But either way, I thought it was a great local business, and I loved the items both stores offered.
Vintageville had the better selection, unique styles, and prices of the two stores. But both location and easy parking were great for local designers and antique shoppers who wanted to explore their displays.
An Afternoon Indoors
It was in the 90s by the time we made our way home. We spent the rest of the afternoon indoors.
Kathryn and I are avid readers (who also love dessert). We spent the afternoon baking double chocolate chip cookies. We read, watched chick-flicks, and talked about the essential oils to buy for our new Wired bracelets.
A few days later, I was back on my plane to New Jersey. I was sad to leave Georgia so soon, but I was grateful for the opportunity to catch up with my besties and spend some time visiting Columbus, Georgia.