My Favorite Antiquing Spot

Over the holidays, we traveled to Florida to visit one of our sons, and anytime we’re traveling close to the Gulf Coast area of Alabama, I have to make time to visit one of my favorite antiquing spots.

Nestled in the country, just outside of Mobile, Alabama, in a small ‘burb called Theodore, is antique heaven…..otherwise known as Charles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals.

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It’s one of my very favorite destinations to find unique European antiques in the South, and it’s well worth the trip.

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We’re teaching Miss RubyLou the fine art of antiquing, and she gives Charles Phillips Antiques a four paw rating!

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Consisting of ten large buildings, each one is filled to the brim with European furniture, architectural pieces and salvage, unusual collectibles, custom creations, and European linens.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

For decades, Charles Phillips has scoured every corner of Europe to find the unique treasures that we all swoon over.

Today, containers from Europe are arriving just about every ten days to keep up with the demand of his clients.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Each large building is filled to the brim with unique finds, and if you’re a lover of original paint and patina, you will feel like you’ve arrived in paradise.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Be sure and have plenty of time to shop, because there are hidden jewels in every corner, even under the beautiful oak and magnolia trees!

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

It’s a family affair at Charles Phillips Antiques, and though I could literally browse for hours in this beautiful, laid back country atmosphere, we always enjoy chatting with Charles (he always has an interesting story to tell) and Audrey, one of his beautiful and creative daughters, that helps to manage this amazing business.

While browsing, I fell in love with these beautiful chests, and if you’re a shutter lover, this is the place for you. You will find antique shutters in any size and color.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Luke Phillips, Charles’ son, makes these stunning custom swings and day beds. I can just imagine this hung on a big ol’ porch, and swinging on it while enjoying a glass of sweet tea (or an adult beverage), and reading a good book. It also looks like it’s the perfect place to take an afternoon nap on.

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I’ve told you before that I’ve been to grain sack heaven….and this is it, with stacks and stacks of European hemp grain sacks.

You’ll find these highly sought after antique linens with stripes in different colors, as well as some with rare monograms.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

I have a weakness for shiny, fancy things, and this mirror still haunts me…..because I didn’t bring it home.

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There are rows and rows of glassware, bottles, demijohns, graniteware, and seltzer bottles, from floor to ceiling. Any size, any color.

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

This was the sweetest antique horse. It’s the perfect display piece, and I’m sure it won’t last long.

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Did I mention that they have dough bowls?

And take a look at those shutters!

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My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

These European baby bathtubs are perfect for a patio garden to grow flowers or herbs in.

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One piece that I loved was sold to some lucky customer….this fabulous wall lavabo. It had such great detail to the old cast iron.

These are wonderful to hang on a garden or patio wall to plant flowers in. It would also be fabulous hanging in a bathroom with the bowl filled with rolled up towels.

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If you’re a lover of painted furniture, you will find a huge selection of amazing pieces.

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

If architectural salvage makes you swoon, then you might want to bring some smelling salts with you, because there is an endless inventory.

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Charles has several amazing antique sleighs, and RubyLou couldn’t resist posing in one of them.

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

My Favorite Antiquing Spot | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

I hope you enjoyed visiting my favorite antiquing spot in the South! If you’re ever anywhere near Mobile, Alabama, you need to take the time to visit. It’s an antiquing experience you won’t forget, in a setting filled with Southern charm! And you will love visiting with some of the nicest people we’ve ever met! Tell them RubyLou sent you!

Cheers,

                       Cindy

58 thoughts on “My Favorite Antiquing Spot

  1. Thank you so much Cindy. I really enjoyed this story & your precious dog. My husband & I love antiquing. I live in Granbury, Texas & have always wanted to go to Alabama.

  2. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! I’d be in heaven walking through that place! I bet I’d have to bring plenty of cash! As much as I love everything that you photographed Miss RubyLou steals the show! She is adorable!

  3. Oooooohhheeemgeeee! I would have to pack a lunch and a sleeping bag to visit this awesome place. Thanks for sharing all the lovliness.

  4. First of all, I want to go there! Second of all, that dog is adorable! I am a true fan of architectural salvage and French vintage, so I would go absolutely crazy there lol I am so happy I found your blog! I’m your newest follower:) We’d love it if you’d share this eye candy-filled post with us over at Vintage Charm Party #65 going on right now here: http://bit.ly/2jcE9Hu I so hope you can join us! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  5. I’m a huge fan of Charles Phillips! It’s been a while since I’ve been, so I need to get over there! Glad you had a successful trip. Can’t wait to see what you do with your goodies.

  6. Oh my lordy lord, I am so envious, here in Australia we have nothing at all that compares to this magnificence. Actually nothing at all that closely resembles this. I just adore the mirrors, doors and bread troughs.
    Suzana xxx

  7. Ohhhh Cindy what a fabulous place. I am swooning over all those architectural doors. Oh my I can see why you love this place.
    xoxo
    Kris

  8. ~Cindy~
    WoW amazing , I would have been there for days hehe!! You did not say what treasures came home with you !?!!
    Thanks for sharing if I ever get down that way it is definitely on my list !

    xo
    Paula

  9. Thanks for sharing these pictures Cindy…I love old architectural pieces. This would be a great place to visit. If you go near Tano, Virginia you need to check out Charlie’s Antiques… a huge building full of these treasures. Miss RubyLou is a model for sure!!! Happy New Year

  10. So good to see that you know about our treasure. Love this place! Those antique baby bath tubs make terrific ice chests for parties. Happy new year!

  11. Wow, I may have drooled a bit on my keyboard. It all looks amazing. I may have to make a point to visit Alabama in the near future.

  12. Happy New Year Cindy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful place, I hope I can get there one day it looks amazing. That little Ruby Lou is a perfect model, love the little lady 😉

  13. Hi Cindy!

    Surely you picked up a few treasures while you were there?! Do tell! RubyLou takes her modeling very seriously! How darling she is! Thank you for sharing this antique lovers’ dream! Happy New Year!

    Lynda

  14. Such an incredible place, Cindy! Having legitimately gotten the bug from my antiquing and collecting parents, I would love this shop! It would be hard to leave, I am sure! Thank you so much for showing us all this spot, it is fabulous!

  15. Oh my, what a wonderful place! I wish I lived closer than Central Texas! Oh I would never, ever get through shopping there!!!

  16. Wow…now that’s a place I would definitely make a road trip to!….I have already map quested it!!! and I can see why that mirror is haunting you!….Glad you had a great trip to see your sons. A place definitely to visit as RubyLou had given it the 4 paws up!

  17. Looking (and loving) this antique shop, I mentally furnished and entire house. I would be on such a high that it would take a week to come down. You can bet if ever I’m near Mobile I will visit this shop. Thanks a million for sharing.

  18. Love it all…………..so glad to have found your site! And, of course, RubyLou is the star. I have #6 mini schnauzer, Anna Leisa!!

  19. Oh Cindy–This is a little piece of Heaven ! It would take me hours, days, weeks to go through it. Imagine living in the town. Does he ship ? That antique horse looks like it belongs in Scarlett and Rhett’s nursery 🙂 Ruby Lou is definitely a little Beauty Queen. She steals the show ! Happy New Year to you and Yours Hugs, Kathy

    • Kathy, it is indeed antique heaven! The antique horse is a beauty and would be perfect for a nursery! Unfortunately, Charles Phillips does not ship…..you need to make a trip!! Happy New Year!

  20. I have never been to Alabama but this place most definitely is now on my destination list! And Ruby Lou is adorable! I have a Lacey Lou that is a sweet girl as well. Thanks for sharing your favorite antique store and your amazing home! Dell

  21. Cindy, you are a doll for sharing and I agree with you, this shop looks amazing. I don’t know of any antique shops like this in Canada, swoon…..

  22. What a wonderful place, thank you so much for sharing it. I go to Biloxi several times a year to visit my son, I will definitely make a day trip next time.

    • Kim, you definitely need to visit the next time you’re heading to Destin! I know you will find something for your beautiful home!

  23. Oh my Cindy! I would need days in the there to see everything! Beautiful!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a blessed week!

    Susan

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