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.
It’s one of my very favorite destinations to find unique European antiques in the South, and it’s well worth the trip.
We’re teaching Miss RubyLou the fine art of antiquing, and she gives Charles Phillips Antiques a four paw rating!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I have a weakness for shiny, fancy things, and this mirror still haunts me…..because I didn’t bring it home.
There are rows and rows of glassware, bottles, demijohns, graniteware, and seltzer bottles, from floor to ceiling. Any size, any color.
This was the sweetest antique horse. It’s the perfect display piece, and I’m sure it won’t last long.
Did I mention that they have dough bowls?
And take a look at those shutters!
These European baby bathtubs are perfect for a patio garden to grow flowers or herbs in.
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.
If you’re a lover of painted furniture, you will find a huge selection of amazing pieces.
If architectural salvage makes you swoon, then you might want to bring some smelling salts with you, because there is an endless inventory.
Charles has several amazing antique sleighs, and RubyLou couldn’t resist posing in one of them.
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!