Antiques On The Gulf Coast

by Sherry

We had a wonderful week in Florida but all good things must come to an end.  The weather was perfect,  the food delicious and the shopping fabulous. You knew I couldn’t go on vacation without doing some antique shopping!

My favorite antique mall in Destin is Smith’s Antiques.  Actually the mall carries antiques as well as new home decor.  A lot of the booths are leased by interior designers so it is always fun to see how everything is displayed.  Prior to our move from Destin I leased two spaces in Smiths as well as two other antique malls.   If you love French or beach decor this is the place to shop!  I hope you enjoy browsing with me today.  I must warn you that this is a very long post!!






Next we head over to Antiques On Holiday.  The owner of the mall shops all over Europe for the inventory.  You will see she also loves demijohns.








All this shopping makes me really hungry.  Would you like to join us for lunch?
Just to clarify…not my beer!  This is my delicious shrimp salad though.  Could any meal be bad with this view?


I almost forgot to show you what I brought home in my carry-on luggage. Why do I always buy things that weigh so much?


See the tallest olive jar in the back row?   That one came home with me for a mere $25.00!!
I consider that a huge bargain since most sell for $85.00 and up.

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage October 14, 2010 - 12:28 am

Great pictures Sherry! Sounds like you had a great time and found a great bargain! Can't believe you were able to fit that in your carry on! You are a pro!! 🙂

cityfarmer October 14, 2010 - 12:30 am

that's one mighty strong carry on ….

looks like loads of fun

LV October 14, 2010 - 12:36 am

Since I could not be there in person, I certainly enjoyed browsing through this great shop through your lens.

Yvonne @ StoneGable October 14, 2010 - 12:39 am

Sherry, What a great fieldtrip! I would go crazy in this store!!!!!
And you took home an olive jar!!! I just adore them.
Lucky… blessed you!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style October 14, 2010 - 1:02 am

Sherry, you stole it!! Wow, what a deal. I would be in demijohn heaven in that store. I saw lots of nice things for me to bring home. Next time I go to Destin I have got to go shopping.

The Polka Dot Closet October 14, 2010 - 1:03 am

I love Destin! OF course what is a vacation without antiquing! I can't believe you carried that jug back!


[email protected] Charm October 14, 2010 - 1:23 am

Thanks for taking me shopping with you…it's been a few years since I've been shopping in Destin. Love that $25 olive jar…GREAT PRICE!!! Smith's was always my first stop…awesome place.


Tallulah's Antique Closet October 14, 2010 - 2:48 am

Hi Sherry, Thank You for the tour of that fun shop. I like the green shutters in one of the photos. Thanks for sharing…..Julian

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal October 14, 2010 - 3:52 am

Hi Sherry, I have been to Smith. Lots of great stuff. Some a bit high though. Where did you find the jar? That looked like a different place. I'd love to go there. I love those windows in the background. We've had some great weather lately. Glad you had a great time.

SavannahGranny October 14, 2010 - 4:42 am

Thanks for sharing this great antique spot. I think you made a great choice. Be sure and show us what you do with it later. Ginger

sissie October 14, 2010 - 11:37 am

Hi Sherry,
What a wonderful place to visit and vacation!
I want to go there. And, those shops…..WOW!

You look so pretty and relaxed sitting there with that yummy shrimp!


Miss Char October 14, 2010 - 12:39 pm

Boy, those stores would make my heart go pitter patter I can tell you that. Next time I'm coming through the area I will definitely stop and explore, thank you so much for the information.

Oh, and I feel your pain about buying something and then having to try and figure out how to get it home. Yup, there have been several flights over the years when I was dragging dishes home from a trip that I thought they weren't going to let me on the plane.

Tracie October 14, 2010 - 2:48 pm

How fun!

vignette design October 14, 2010 - 2:52 pm

You crack me up, carrying home that olive jar. I did the same thing coming back from Houston. Carried a large French confit pot. Weighed about 25 pounds! Loved going antiquing with you. Why is all the good stuff in the south!?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm October 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Fabulous antiques (and food)! My eye was drawn to the brown transferware dishes in the hutch and those wonderful jars and bottles 🙂


P.S. Pop by for a visit and enter in for my SPECIAL giveaway!

Anna October 14, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Fantastic trip, I'm glad you took us along. Smith's looks like a fantastic place, so much fun!

Tee October 14, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Love love love the bottle trees. I'm going to have to start saying a little prayer before visiting you, because I get a terrible case of the gotta have its every time. You're going to tell us soon how you came to have a permanently implanted lucky horseshoe, aren't you? Twenty five dollars?! I mean, seriously…

reprise October 14, 2010 - 6:27 pm

i see so many things in your photos that i would love to have…and your lunch makes me hungry.

Confessions of a Plate Addict October 14, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Oh no, Sherry! Now I have to go straight to Destin! I had so much fun doing a little cyber shopping in those photos! We go every year and stay in Seagrove, but I didn't know about Smith's Antique Mall! How fun! Were you having lunch at the Back Porch? The food looks so yummy! Hope you are having a great week!…hugs…Debbie

Sarah October 14, 2010 - 7:15 pm

How fun! Thanks for sharing!

HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!


Ann October 14, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Fastastic shopping area indeed. I could spend hours in shops like these and do quite frenquently. The first image of the blue disk (?) is wonderful.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! October 15, 2010 - 3:16 am

Oh my word!
You DID have some fun!!
And isn't Florida beatiful this ime of year?
I grew up in Miami, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, so I know Florida 🙂
Those floor to ceiling mirrors, in the picture with the Eiffel Tower on the table, are pure heaven!
I also loved seeing all the pigeon and bird cages!
How much were those bottle drying racks? About?
I have wanted one of those forever!
I am so happy you had a fun, relaxing trip!

A Gracious Home October 15, 2010 - 4:39 am

Your pictures are beautiful. My favorite one is the food. Oh that looks so great. Doylene

Deborah October 15, 2010 - 5:07 am

Everything in those stores is so lovely. Thanks for teh great eye candy. I can't believe you took that huge thing home with you 🙂

Ann October 15, 2010 - 7:21 am

OMG…there are so much treasures in there:)

Nancy October 15, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Sherry, this looks like a great place to shop, and jut look! I want one of those bottle drying racks! So cool!


Privet and Holly October 15, 2010 - 6:22 pm

I'm already plotting
what vintage stores
I'll visit on my next
vacation….There are
always different fun
things depending on
where you are. This
place was no exception ~
wow!! Looks like you had
a ball : ) !
xx Suzanne

Rebecca October 15, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Hi Sherry
thank you for the tour, it was amazing. Love the pottery!!! You made a good choice! All that fabulousness would work up an appetite for anyone. Wish it wasn't lunch time, that salad has me faint! Thanks so much for sharing your goodies.

{Bellamere Cottage} October 16, 2010 - 2:58 am

Oh my…. I need to shop there too! What a bonanza of great stuff. Perfect for a Non-Minimalist… 🙂 Why have an empty space when you can fill it right up??? That's my motto.


[email protected] Ground October 16, 2010 - 3:37 am

Hey Sherry, I agree, no vacation can be one unless you visit some antique spots. What a great mix of booths and goods, love seeing it all. and the lunch looks so delish, I know you must have had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!!

Debbie October 16, 2010 - 4:22 am

Hi SHerry….that is my kind of trip too…love antique malls. We have never been to Destin, and lived in Florida for nine years. That is so ironic you where in Roanoke and did the bridge…it was beautiful…what a site to see.

Blue Creek Home October 16, 2010 - 4:53 am

Wonderful photographs – beautiful merchandise.

I can't believe you carried that olive jar in your suitcase!!! It's amazing what we can pull off when it comes to making it home with a treasure!

Maya @ Completely Coastal October 16, 2010 - 3:54 pm

So many beachy things that would have tempted me!!!! Including antique glass bottles! The olive jars are really neat! And you were up for the haul!!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn October 16, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Oh I have been looking for an antique bottle drying rack for ages and there are three!

Yes, I will help myself to your salad. It looks SO good. 🙂

bj October 17, 2010 - 2:05 am

OMGosh…what awesome shops. And, I have been wanting one of those vases..just love 'em.
Thanks for this wonderful post..

Lindy October 17, 2010 - 2:38 am

Thanks Sherry, for the great shopping trip. Love the olive jar you got! What a bargain. And, that shrimp salad looks good, too!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality October 17, 2010 - 3:00 am

hi, Sherry, Those are my fave antique stops in Destin too! I've blogged about Smith's before, so fun to browse in there. Loved seeing it all again & that olive jar is gorgeous! Thanks for always stopping by with such great comments.

Pat October 17, 2010 - 11:45 am

I would absolutely love to visit Destin. Looks like a fabulous place to browse and shop.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) October 17, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Such a beautiful beach area, then all of the fabulous antique shope. I love all of the olive jars. I have been hunting for a gold colored one and there it was in one of your pics. Thanks for the wonderful tour. Loved it. Hugs, Marty

Secret Garden Cottage October 21, 2010 - 1:40 am

Hi Sherry, Looks like you had a fabulous vacation! Love that antiques shop… what great stuff. Those vintage bottle racks are amazing.
Hope the rest of your week is wonderful!
~ Jo 🙂


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