While some consider Cabarrus County a hidden treasure in itself, most don’t realize the secret gems waiting to be discovered on an antiquing adventure! With shops sprinkled near downtown and off the beaten path, this area is a must-see in North Carolina’s antique scene. Follow the guide below for tips and tricks on making the most of your time pickin’ Cabarrus.
- Wear Comfy Shoes – Your antique adventure will include a lot of walking, so be prepared! Cabarrus is home to some of the largest antique malls in the Southeastern United States. The Depot at Gibson Mill is sitting pretty on 88,000 square feet and claims to offer the “Best Crap in the South.” Named after local roads, the aisles are filled with unique finds from over 600 vendors. After browsing, be sure to refuel at Ellie’s Diner inside The Depot for a fast and fresh meal. Trust us; you’ll need energy for the adventure ahead!
- Brainstorm Before – If you’re looking for a particular treasure, write it down to stay on track. Inside White Owl Antique Mall and Design Center, you’ll find hundreds of vendors with one-of-a-kind gems like antiques, collectibles, vintage items, new and vintage art, furniture, pottery, handmade soaps, designer clothing, jewelry, crafts and more. With over 100,000 square feet of goodies to grab your attention, you’ll be happy you made a list to hold your focus.
- Get to Know the History – In true Cabarrus County fashion, Ruffin’s Roost is rich in history due to its location inside of the 100-year-old Harness Shop. Ruffin’s Roost specializes in antiques, urban farmhouse and cottage chic décor, as well as handmade vintage romantic clothing. With over 30 years of experience in this business, the Ruffins have gathered a rich and varied assortment of amazing home décor inside the big white barn.
- Take the Road Less Traveled – Barrel down a Cabarrus backroad for a true pickin’ experience. Getting lost on a rural road will land you at Cline’s Country Antiques where a variety of treasures cover the Carolina countryside and beg to be rummaged through. The Avett Brothers, GRAMMY-nominated Americana band from Concord, NC, filmed the music video for the hit “February Seven” at this sprawling antique yard.
Be sure to document your adventure by posting your favorite antique finds with #WhereRacingLives. Good luck and happy picking!
Need directions? We’re here to help you navigate and find the perfect spots to rest and refuel. For directions, hotel and restaurant reservations, and more, call the Visitor Center at 800-848-3740.