Fort Payne, Alabama is home to the Appalachian Mountains and vast tracts of protected forest, so perhaps the obvious motivation for visiting here is to embrace and enjoy nature. However, those who do not consider a day or two of shopping are missing out on a real treat! For a small town, the number of antique shops is remarkable. Mining brought a lot of development to the town in the late 19th century, and many buildings from that era are still standing. This historic setting, combined with the beautiful natural scenery and Southern hospitality, makes it the perfect town for a little treasure hunting.
Many of Fort Payne's remarkable antique shops are not tucked away, but stand proudly along Main Street. Big Mill Antique Mall lives up to its name in size and is hard to miss! This store was created in the historic building of the old mill, so it has a lot of charm that sets it apart from the typical antique mall. Myrtle Jane's is further down the street and from the outside looks more like you're entering someone's home than a store. This wonderful store is full of unique pieces and oddities perfect for brightening up a home or an established antique collection.
Just outside of downtown Fort Payne is The Cotton Gin Antiques. Located near Little River Canyon, this store offers a wide variety of antiques, lamps, lanterns, glassware, furniture and primitives. Parkway Style Antiques is also worth a look for some excellent antiques, but this store is only open on Saturdays, so plan accordingly! Pieces of the Past is also only open at select times a few days each week, so be sure to check their schedule for a chance to shop these rare vintage items, collectibles, and antiques.