Shop ‘Til You Drop!

Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts, designer goods, or something uniquely southern, North Alabama’s shopping scene is eclectic, expansive, stylish, and most importantly, fun.

You’ve seen it on ‘Oprah,’ ‘Good Morning America,’ and ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’ Now experience for yourself the wonder that is Unclaimed Baggage. Find lost luggage treasures and shop around the sprawling 40,000 square foot store in Scottsboro. It’s a guaranteed good time for any and every shopper.

Antique hunters should be sure to stop in Athens to shop Champagne Lane. The 7,500 square foot Antique Mall features more than 60 antique dealers that offer an excellent collection of antiques, glassware and other vintage treasures. Head to downtown Athens to the nearly century-old U.G. White General Mercantile for specialty products and the uniquely Alabama atmosphere while you’re in town.

At Steele Orchard in Cullman, shoppers will be treated to fresh, handpicked fruit from 20 different varieties of apples and peaches, often picked the same day. There’s always something cooking in the bakery, home of Steele's famous Southern fried pies, as well as delectable cakes, pies, muffins, ice cream and other baked goodies. Check out the local produce under the roof of the largest timber frame structure in Alabama, Festhalle Market Platz.

Got art? Arts and crafts lovers will be treated to the finest in handcrafted gems at Jerry Brown’s Pottery in Hamilton. This ninth-generation folk potter digs his own clay locally, processes it with a mule-powered pug mill, and fires his wares in a groundhog kiln. Head to Miracle Pottery in Valley Head to experience the divine creations of the amazingly talented Valinda Miracle. Art collectors will love the clean designs, dependable service, and unsurpassed quality found at Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne.

Looking for a gift for the person that has everything? Head to Morgan Price Candy in Decatur. Their gift baskets feature handcrafted chocolates and candies. A Touch of German in Cullman offers an array of Traditional German clothing, handcrafted nutcrackers, Bavarian steins, old-fashioned metal wind-up toys, Austrian crystal, tapestries, Christmas ornaments, candies and ever-popular German cuckoo clocks. High-end fashionistas will love what they find at Decatur Mall or Shoefisticated in Hartselle.

Sophistication comes to mind when you mention Rivenbark & Roper in Huntsville. This upscale antique shop offers American, French and English furnishings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as Chinese and Japanese export porcelains. They also have the largest collection of silver hollowware in North Alabama, along with an exquisite collection of fine art from around the world.

Outdoorsman will find all their favorite gear at West End Outdoors in Athens, the Minnow Bucket in Rogersville, or Winston Outdoors in Double Springs.

Searching for unique items for your home? Take a trip to Southern Accents Architectural Antiques or Sutton’s Furniture. Like the excitement of a live auction? Check out the action at Harris Antique Auctions.

Looking for flea market fun? You’re in luck. Mountain Top Flea Market in Attalla is great for finding inexpensive wonders and locally made furniture.

Happy shopping!

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