Dallas City Guide: Shop

4 11 2011

Alright, y’all, we’re continuing with our city guide, and now we come to the really fun part of the “Big D,” shopping!

There are so many fantastic places to shop, and you know I love antiques, so we’ve decided to break it up by antiques, and then every other category under the sun.

Antiques & Old Things

  • White Elephant Shop — Everything you could want to find — from paintings to pottery, jewelry to books, music, furniture, toys, tools…
  • LOST, also FOUND — These two sister shops (what a cute name for antique stores) are located in Dallas’ design district and have some of the area’s premier dealers offering their wares.
  • Buchanan Market — Check your itinerary calendar to see if your visit falls on one of the days the Buchanan Market is open. If you do happen to catch this gigantic flea market, you’ll be lucky enough to be among 85,000 square feet of dealers with collectibles ranging from Texas to Europe and everywhere in between.
  • City View Antique Mall — This family owned shop has loads of historic dealers who are some of the most experienced in the business. You’ll want to be sure to leave plenty of time to browse around all they have to offer.
  • Parkhouse Antiques — One word describes Parkhouse – romantic. From French to Italian home and garden products, you’ll be sure to find something pretty here.
  • Mecox Gardens — Mecox specializes in antiques and reproductions. It’s one of those stores that is the reason why Dallas is becoming known the world over as a spectacular place to shop.
  • Again and Again — While you might not call “Again” antiques, it’s certainly vintage. But while I sometimes think of vintage as a bit more granola, this place is stylish, modern, and unique. She takes the good bones of old things and makes new again with fresh touches for a bold look that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

More Shopping

  • Bishop Arts District, including Bishop Street Market — If you’re going to shop, you’ve got to start off in the hip Bishop Arts District. Head to Bishop and David and start on the corner Street Market where you’ll find gifts for everyone, including yourself. Everything from jewelry to chocolates to fragrances. Then grab some lunch at one of the many trendy restaurants before you continue to shop. Whether it’s clothing, body care products, linens, toys, bags, art, party supplies, or plants. You can even get your hair done before you head out for an evening on the town. Grab a cup of coffee, and check their website, as they often have events and concerts worth sticking around for as the main evening event.
  • Ballard & Blakely – Everything from home, to floral, to vintage, to seasonal, this charming place has something for anyone.
  • Curiosities — The best way to describe what Curiosities sells is “Oddities.” From folk art to mid-century, fine art to antiques, you’ll be sure you’ll find a unique treasure at Curiosities.
  • Gypsy Wagon — I just love their tag line — “Sussies for Everyone.” I didn’t know anyone beyond my family knew what a “sussy” was until I stumbled upon this shop, full of cute clothes, Texas cowboy boots, jewelry, stuff for the home, even for baby. And of course, you can pick up a sussy, for anyone!
  • Urban Flower/Grange Hall — This store is hard to “get,” but if you do, it’s beyond cool. Yes, it is a flower shop, but it’s got this haunted house, European vibe that makes it so much more. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Uncommon Market — Much as been written about UM, so just go.
  • LaMariposa – I so distinctly remember this store, though it’s been years since I’ve visited… that’s how unique its wares are.
  • Uptown Country — This cottage-style shop features shabby chic gifts, furniture, art, and accessories in a girly style.
  • Ceylon et Cie — Sophisticated, sleek, glamorous. Their philosophy is old-world and “more is more.” Curator Michelle Nussbaumer has been featured in Southern Accents, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and many more, so you know her aesthetic is spot on.
  • Aritzia — If you’re looking to Dallas as the South’s fashion go-to, you’d be right on at Aritzia. Even though they started in our Canadian neighbors to the north, they’ve got boutique markets around North America. But Dallas is the only city in the South lucky enough to have this trendy boutique where you can find some of the latest looks for the season.
  • Horchow Finale — Located just outside Dallas in Plano is a mecca for all shoppers who, like me, love Neiman Marcus and Horchow. The final sale items end up here, along with any slightly damaged goods, so you can find fabulous products for 90% off original price. Happy hunting!
  • William-Christopher – A small design shop, you’ll find vintage inspired items with classic touches, as well as their custom designed furniture and other various gifts and accessories. Worth a stop.
  • James McInroe Inc. — You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but if you stumble into this designer’s showroom, you’ve entered into some of the best Dallas has to offer. Distinctly Southern design, but with a glamorous bent.
  • Stephanie Anne  — I clearly love those shops where there’s a little something for everyone. From jewelry, clothes, furniture… Stephanie Anne’s offers a lifestyle of multicultural, but completely down to earth products, all from her finely tuned perspective which she like to describe as “Queen Elizabeth meets Chanel.”
  • Collage Classics — Imported from California, these designers opened their modern 20th century furniture store in 1990 in Dallas and have never looked back. Their wares, including lighting and architect-inspired furniture have been featured in national magazines and even museums.
  • Half-Price Books — Y’all know we couldn’t have gotten out of Dallas without at least one bookstore on the list.
  • Gameday Cloth — You really can’t be in the heart of Texas without catching just a little of the local sports fanatic spirit. So if you need to show your pride, head over to Gameday Cloth for cool tees and memorabilia from teams all over the South.



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7 11 2011
Dallas City Guide: Frivolities « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] there you have it, Sweet Iced Tea’s favorite places to sleep, eat, see, and shop. But we just had to squeeze in a couple more great things to do for our last day of the Dallas City […]

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