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antiquing in Orlando

So I was in Orlando the latter part of last week and weekend. I took my daughter down to meet her BFF and family who were celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving at Disney.

My parents drove down from Alabama to keep me company and we hit several antiques stores all around Central Florida. I’ll tell you the ones we visited and what I thought. I’ll  show you some of what I bought. My parents are bringing the rest, cause it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase. (Look away, honey…look away).

When I arrived in Orlando, my suitcase wasn’t very heavy. When I left, it weighed 67 pounds. No joke. Delta charged me the regular $25 PLUS $90 for it being over the weight limit! Criminal, I tell ya.

First the goods, then the reviews.

Here are the stores we visited. I’ve ranked them 1-8, 1 being the best.

Oviedo:

(2) Hidden Treasures Antiques Mall—loved this one. Great selection and willing to bargain on prices. The largest and most favorite thing I bought came from here.

(6) The Coop—just around the corner from Hidden Treasures. Very small, but the prices were good and she was very nice.

Mt. Dora:

(3) Village Antiques Mall—lots of booths, huge variety of stuff, I felt they were a bit pricey.

(8) Renninger’s Antiques Mall—I had heard about this place for years. I was greatly disappointed. They were more “high end” and pricey. There was one booth that I loved called “Peggy’s Antiques.” She had some really great things and very willing to negotiate.

FYI…if you ever think you want to visit the Flea Market side of Renninger’s, spare yourself. Guh-Ross.

Leesburg:

(5) Morning Glori—lots of booths, good prices, friendly ladies

(1) Main Street Antiques—this was my favorite of all the shops I visited. The ladies were so friendly and helpful. I had certain items I was looking for and they took time to help me look! The layout of the store was very open and uncluttered. BONUS! The booths had more of the kinds of things that I like. Not as tchotchke-heavy as some of the other shops we visited.

Winter Park:

(7) Orange Tree Antiques Mall—the booths were way too small and it was tchotchke city. I did find a few things there and almost every booth was either 20-25% off. The layout of this place gave me the willies. I couldn’t wait to leave!

(4) Halleys—Just down the street from Orange Tree. Very nice, great selection and fair prices. Very willing to negotiate. I found a couple of treasures there! Photos in another post!

 

In case you find yourself in the Orlando area with four straight day of pouring rain and no children with you, maybe my review will be helpful! 😉

Toodles.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love all your finds and the reviews! Can’t wait to see how you work your magic on what you brought home!!

    October 11, 2011
  2. Kate #

    I loved what you found!!!! Well worth the extra charge. Enjoy!!!

    October 11, 2011
  3. Pam #

    Did the people at the counter give you the option of taking out the extra weight and carrying it on? At one of our airports, the Delta people always give you the option of repacking. I have done it at least once and have seen other do it too. At first, I was like “oh, it is worth the extra money”, thinking it was another $25, but when I heard that it was $90, I was like, no, I think I can fit some in my carry on :).
    You have some GREAT finds. Looks like you had lots of fun!!!

    October 12, 2011
  4. Great post! I actually live in Mt. Dora (and have for almost 20 years!) I agree with almost all of your reviews, except for Renningers. And the ONLY reason I say that, is because you must come back during one of the antique extravaganzas. It is amazing! ALLLL of that property out back is full with antiques. They come around a few times a year and it is totally worth the trip, I’ve always found lots of great things.

    Glad you enjoyed the antiquing though in our little area! There were two you mentioned that I’ve never been to, so I will definitely be checking them out! 🙂

    October 12, 2011
    • Hi Ashley, we kept hearing about the extravaganzas and how awesome they are. I wish it would have been this past weekend, although with all the rain maybe not! 😉

      October 12, 2011
  5. Cool finds!

    October 12, 2011
  6. OMGosh…love your new finds!!
    Your photos are wonderful too…pinning away!

    October 13, 2011
  7. Love your finds! You are the queen of scoping out the goods!!!

    October 18, 2011
    • Sherry…oh no, honey. You are the queen. I would love to go to Scott’s and so enjoy your tours!

      October 19, 2011

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