#1. Cullman, AL
Why It’s a Great Place for Antiquers: Small cities like Cullman are overlooked treasure troves of reasonably-priced antiques and thrift finds. And Cullman has tons of local boutiques and antique shops.
Why It’s a Great Place to Live: There’s a surprising amount to do in this city of 16,000 — including a farmers’ market, an active downtown filled with local restaurants and boutiques and a busy festival calendar.
Best Place to Score an Amazing Deal: Explore 10,000 square feet of thrift finds and antiques at The Cullman Flea Market. With 250 vendors, you’re sure to find something great.
Best Place to Buy an Investment Piece: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques is a must-stop if you have a historic house and you’re trying to keep things period-appropriate. They have gorgeous sinks, bathtubs, doors, mantels — everything you need for your home! (We’re particularly enamored of this rare, double pedestal, two bowl sink for $2,250.)
Where to Fuel Up for a Day of Treasure-Hunting: Grab a double gravy biscuit or the pecan pancakes at The Sunflower Bakery before you head out for a day of antiquing.