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Y’all know me.  I try to never miss a good antique show or flea market!  I look forward to February each year, so that I can attend three fantastic Nashville Antiques Shows.  If you are a collector, or a treasure hunter, or simply interested in spending time in Music City, you should make plans to be there too!

And….to shop all my finds, click here to see my Living With Vintage Online Shop!

 

First Published: February 26, 2019 Last Updated: January 18, 2021

 

 

Nashville Antiques

When most people think of Nashville, I’m sure that music comes to mind first, not antiques.  But, the Nashville Antiques scene is very vibrant with many lovely brick-and-mortar shops, as well as Antique Malls.

But, February is a unique month.  Collectors and dealers from all over the country flock to the Nashville Antique Shows.  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 take a closer look at each one, so you know what to expect, and which ones you might want to experience.

 

 

Nashville Antique Shows Booth Detail with baskets

So many antique treasures to choose from!

 

 

The Fiddlers Antique Show

 

The Fiddlers Antique Show is unique.  For many years it was held at the Fiddlers Inn Motel, just across the street from the famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.  Dealers rented 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.

 

The Fiddlers Antique Show set up in the parking lot

In the past, dealers set up in Motel Rooms. But, starting in 2020, the location and format will change.

 

However, in 2021, the Fiddlers Antique Show has moved to a new location at the Music City Center.  And dealers will set up in more traditional booth spaces. 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!

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 antiques show.  My eyes see new things every time.

My first time experiencing this Nashville Antiques Show, I found several very fun must-haves .  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 Fiddlers Antique Show room detail

This show is my favorite kind of treasure hunt!

 

 

The Fiddlers Antique Show antiques for sale

 

 

The Nashville Show 

 

The second mid-February Nashville Antiques Show I recommend attending is The Nashville Show, formerly known as The Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show.  This is a not-to-be-missed show!  Over 140 dealers participate in this show at the Music City Center, same location as the Fiddlers Antique Show, which is convenient!  Two personal friends of mine and my husband’s, Joshua Lowenfels, Francis Crespo will be dealers this year!

Again, there is an early ticket option, and be advised:  when you arrive on the first day, there might a long line of shoppers and collectors ready to get in!  Don’t let this discourage you!  This is a large Nashville Antique Show with lots of dealers, and lots of treasures to admire.  General admission begins at noon.  This show is completely inside, 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 in 2019?  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.

Vintage signs at The Nashville Show at the Fairgrounds

A whole wall of Vintage Metal Signs!

 

 

Folk Art Bust at The Nashville Show at the Fairgrounds

There’s Folk Art galore!

 

These two antique shows are in downtown Nashville, so if you are interested in seeing all the cool venues in downtown Nashville or trying out any of the downtown Nashville restaurants, or other attractions in the area, you are not too far away.  The Nashville Show runs three days.

 

Heart of Tennessee Antique Show

 

Unfortunately this show has cancelled their 2021 dates.  I sure hope to see them back in 2022!  Of the three show, this show is the most formal.  In the past, it was 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 that includes a huge spread of tasty bites as well as wine at the bar.

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.

Heart of Tennessee Antique Show booth detail

The Heart of Tennessee Antique Show

 

 

Antique Totem Poles at the Heart of Tennessee Antique Show

Will’s Antique Totem Poles

 

The 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.

You might want to take a short drive to nearby Franklin, Tennessee, which is full of amazing Historic Sites, great restaurants, and opportunities to antique!

 

The Dates and Locations:

The Fiddlers Antique Show

  • February 10-13, 2021
  • Nashville Music City Center
  • To Purchase Advance Tickets, click here.

 

The Nashville Show 

  • February 11-13, 2021
  • Nashville Music City Center
  • To Purchase Advance Tickets, click here.

 

I hope to see y’all there!!!!

 

 

a wall displaying several colorful vintage metal shop signs with text overlay

 

 

a woman in a blue dress with text overlay

 

 

 

 

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