Welcome to part two in the Franklin Guide to Vintage Shopping, where I’ll take you on a walk down the 400 block of Jefferson Street. This is Franklin’s antique/resale/vintage district, where you’ll find at least six different stores filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. Some of the shops are best for furniture, others for trinkets you couldn’t find anywhere else.
Yesterday, I wrote short descriptions on Salvage Sisters, Thanks for the Thyme, and Marshmallow Monkey. Today we’ll stop at two more on Jefferson Street and one a block away, on Madison Street. These final three make up the final section in our guide to vintage shopping.
Vintage Whimsey: When you walk into this store, it looks like any other on the block. But the shop slowly unfolds itself to be something more as you walk through the upstairs, the garden, and the special back garden store. Vintage Whimsey has a lot of interesting items, including original art, signed posters of musicians from the past, plus garden decorations, garden decorations and more garden decorations. In good weather, the back patio is open for visitors, and the porch and yard are stuck and covered with things to brighten your own lawn. Dish plates and teacups bring color to the yard, hanging candle holders and welded metal pieces bring the fun of modern art. Shop here when you’re looking to make some changes to your home’s exterior.
Curly Willow: Try the Curly Willow for bigger pieces of furniture, and for items that have been used in ways I’ve never seen before. The store carries books that have been carved into shapes, including letters that say the word “Mom.” The space at the Curly Willow is more open, and the store is still clearly a house, with a kitchen area and bedrooms upstairs. I was on a search for interesting smaller items, so the larger furniture didn’t interest me, but the store had some great wooden tables and decorations that would work in a more rustic home.
Rust & Roses: Rust & Roses, newly opened in December 2013, is removed from the rest of this line of stores by one street and about a minute-long walk. The store had some great old stuff from the 1930s and 1940s, including chicken-stamped spice racks and bright, big costume jewelry. The thing that caught my eye in this burnt orange store were lamps made of items like old cameras, video recorders, and film slides.
That’s all for my exploration of Franklin’s downtown vintage district. I highly recommend taking a trip out to this small town on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when many of the stores open up their doors and yards to visitors. Walking between six different shops, I had no trouble finding a great gift for my mom and a few things for myself. The real struggle was not buying more.