I love unique items and when friend Lisa C. said there was an architectural salvage place in Knoxville, I said “Let’s go!”. It’s called Architectural Antics. I’ve passed the place many times on Rt. 33, which turns into Broadway as you get closer to Knoxville, on my way to and from the “big city” but I never knew it was there. Hint to owners – get a bigger sign.
When we first got there at 11:00 am on a Thursday, they were not open! How disappointing. But luckily, the sign said they opened at noon, so we planned to hit it on the way home.
Since we were there, we did a little window shopping through the metal fence. Wouldn’t you know we both zeroed in immediately on the same thing — two matching English urns that had classic, clean lines and wonderful patina. I was not serious about buying, but Lisa was and she had a certain price in her mind that she was willing to pay (a sign of a smart shopper). So, we both played a little game to guess the price. Let me just say, she did not take these urns home on this trip. We both were way off, but I was closer.
We had a lovely time browsing the expansive area devoted to architectural salvage of all kinds: garden benches, planters, tables, cast cement items (e.g. bird baths, columns), windows, doors, fireplace mantles, ironwork, knobs, vintage prints, etc.
And how could you not come away from a place like this without ideas! The photo to the left shows a ceramic planter with a fern and a draping, purple flowering plant. It was a simple, elegant combination and the trip alone was worth the inspiration to recreate similar looks in our own gardens.
The owners were there and were very helpful in giving us prices, if they were not clearly marked. We struck up a conversation and I asked them if they had ever been approached by HGTV to do a show. They said that they had been approached to do a new show to be called “Barn Stormers”, but they declined. The concept was that they would go to old barns and “discover” treasures. They shared with us that they told HGTV that it is pretty rare that you can find anything of value in old barns. HGTV told them not to worry, because it would all be staged! They would plant the treasures in the barns and they just had to act surprised.
What! I am so disappointed to learn this. I truly believed that these reality shows were real. Jim said these shows were staged and he was so right. You never know what you are going to learn when you strike up a conversation.
I highly recommend that you stop by and enjoy looking at the beautiful and varied items they have assembled for reuse. Have fun and be creative. I certainly plan to go back.
Wednesday – Friday: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Life is an Adventure!