Y’all know me….I try to never miss a good antique show or flea market! Recently, I attended three fantastic antique shows in Nashville, Tennessee. If you are a collector, or a treasure hunter, or simply interested in spending time in Music City, you should make plans to attend these 3 fabulous Nashville antique shows.
Each mid-February, Nashville hosts three very different antique shows. All worth attending. All filled with fantastic treasures, antiques, folk art, and interesting collectibles. These shows are fun to do as couples, they are fun for collectors, and they are the perfect girls trip activity! Let’s review these 3 fabulous Nashville antique shows.
3 Fabulous Nashville Antique Shows
The Fiddlers Antique Show
The Fiddlers Antique Show is unique. It’s held at the Fiddlers Inn Motel, just across the street from the famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. Dealers rent rooms on the ground floor, and set up each room like a small antique shop. Some dealers also set up additional items for sale in the parking spaces outside their room. The way you see The Fiddlers Antique Show is to room hop.
Eager treasure hunters can pay a higher ticket price to get into the show as the sun is coming up, which is what my husband, Will, and I did. Regular admission gets visitors in at noon. The show goes on for three days, and each of the over 50 dealers showcase very different antiques. There’s industrial and folk art. I saw paintings and furniture. Small treasures and large treasures….this is a fantastic show!
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I recommend going back many times over the three days of the show. Many dealers continually bring out new merchandise for the entirety of the show. And, I always like to take several turns through the same show. My eyes see new things every time.
I found several very fun must-havs at The Fiddlers Antique Show. A tin cake keeper from the 1940’s, and two yellow industrial tool carriers that will be GREAT on a kitchen counter to organize all my spices, vinegars and oils.
The Nashville Show at the Fairgrounds
The second mid-February show I attended was The Nashville Show at the Fairgrounds, formerly known as The Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show. Celebrating its 30th year, this is a not-to-be-missed show! Over 140 dealers participate in this show at the Nashville Fairgrounds, including two personal friends of mine and my husband’s, Francis Crespo and Kevin Duffy.
Again, there is an early ticket option, and when we arrived, there was a long line of shoppers and collectors ready to get in! General admission begins at noon. This show is completely inside an exhibit hall, and each dealer has their own booth.
If you are a serious collector….there’s almost an endless array of treasures. Lots of furniture. Vintage signs and architectural elements. Interesting decorative objects. There’s literally something for everyone. Did I find anything. Well, of course I did! I picked up a great set of industrial feed buckets, gorgeous turquoise color! They will be perfect to hold plants, cooking utensils, or kindling to start a fire.
This antique show is closest to downtown Nashville of all three shows, so if you are interested in seeing all the cool venues in downtown Nashville or trying out any of the downtown Nashville restaurants, you are not too far away. The Nashville Show at the Fairgrounds runs three days.
Heart of Tennessee Antique Show
The third show I attended was the Heart of Tennessee Antique Show. Of the three show, this show is the most formal. It’s held in the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, which is about 30 minutes outside of Nashville itself.
Over 50 exhibitors set up in an exhibit hall, including two of our favorite dealers, Tom Jewett and Butch Berdan. There is a ticked preview party, and we attended with some of our friends.
Prices at this show are higher than the others, but the quality of the folk art and antiques for sale is truly exceptional. My husband, Will, picked up two turn-of-the-century miniature totem poles, made for the tourist trade by Northwest Coast Native Americans.
The Heart of Tennessee Antique Show runs for two full days, and is worth the drive out to Lebanon, I can assure you!
All three shows overlap, so it’s easy to spend a weekend antiquing and treasure hunting ’till your heart’s content. And, Nashville is a wonderful city to visit, full of great History, as I detailed in this post, as well as dining shopping, and all kinds of fun, should you tire of shopping for antiques.
Be sure and check back for the 2020 show dates. I can assure you, we will be there!
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