Last Thursday the hubs and I headed out-of-town for a little weekend get-away. Short weekend trips are one of our favorite things to do, especially when we are visiting a city we’ve never been to before.
The destination for this trip was Mobile, AL and the gulf coast. The reason for the trip was to do some antique shopping and visit the beach.
Mobile, the original home of Mardi Gras, is a quaint little city that has a lot of similarities to New Orleans. In the heart of downtown, many of the store fronts have iron balconies and beautiful brick details.
Trees along the downtown Carnival route were still draped with Mardi Gras beads and they added a fun and colorful touch to the city.
One of the store on the hubs must-see list was the A&M Peanut Shop. The shop opened in 1947 and sells peanuts of all kinds along with all kinds of chocolate and peanut candy. The hubs bought enough peanuts to last a good while and I got a small bag of mixed nuts that are served warm. Boy were they good.
The downtown area is a great place to walk and we spotted several really pretty parks near the city center.
As you move outside the downtown area you find the most beautiful tree-lined streets with hanging moss–so southern.
And the homes in Mobile are just so charming.
We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel (the tallest building) which sat along the edge of Mobile Bay and overlooked the convention center. The view at night was really stunning.
Friday morning we were up bright and early so we could get to an antique warehouse sale I wanted to check out. Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery is a large antique store in Mobile and the first weekend of each month they have a huge warehouse sale. We arrived a little before 8:00 am only to find a long line outside the door. Word on the street was that the first people in line were there at 5 am.
After the doors opened it took us about 5 minutes to get inside. I couldn’t get any good shots of the warehouse set-up because there were so many people but I did take lots of photos of what was for sell. I’m going to show you a few photos today and tomorrow I’ll show you the rest along with a few of the pieces I bought.
The warehouse sale was set up with tables in the middle, and furniture and wall decor lining the perimeter. You can see a bit of the space in photos below.
There were rows of table set up by price-point starting at $1.00 all they way up to $100+. The tables held accessories and smaller items, and pieces were being snapped up quickly.
The furniture selection was pretty good with lots of great chairs, most under $75.
I loved the round seats and the details on the chairs below.
There were several fold down desk for sale at really great prices.
This secretary was under $150 and was in pretty good shape.
There was a big selection of accent tables.
At the very front of the warehouse is a section with furniture that was in need of minor repairs. I think this cart was $15 and all it needed was to be re-finished.
Most of the artwork was very traditional and this ginger jar ink print with bamboo frame caught my attention.
Smaller decorative accents were scattered around the space.
In addition to their warehouse space, the store also has a large store front where they sell higher-end vintage and antique items. Here’s a few of my favorite pieces…
The collection of silver was just amazing and fairly pricey! There’s lot of polishing going on in this place.
This vintage sign was really unique and was being used as a broom and brush holder.
I loved this black and ivory Transferware and almost bought a few pieces.
So there’s a little glimpse into the Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery. I have a few more photos to share with you tomorrow as well as a couple other shops we stopped at.