Sure you came to Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama for the beaches. But what’s the best way to fill up your evenings? By scoring vintage finds and retro re-designs along the Gulf Coast. After all, is there anything better than stumbling upon an old-fashioned Big Ben alarm clock or loading up on limited edition hardcovers? Well, aside from not setting that alarm clock (because it’s vacation and all) and taking one of those books to the beach, we don’t think so!

So come along as we stroll through vintage boutiques and markets along the Gulf Coast.

30A – The Art of Simple

Although this store is new to Seaside, The Art of Simple carries tons of old school charm. With the tagline, “curiosities and necessities,” you know you’re going to find some goodies here. Their cheeky dish-wares are perfect. Engraved plates read, “Are you really going to eat that?” and “Chocolate understands.” Of course, you’ll also find unique chine and stemware. Meanwhile, the apothecary sells candles, lotions, as well as bath and beauty needs. In their favorites collection, you’ll find the best gift to take back home: Mermaid Hair spray.

Destin – Antiques on Holiday

The locals who frequent Antiques on Holiday every weekend rave about its Parisian flea market feel. In fact, if you’re in the market for European decor or classical antiques, this is the place to go! You’ll find everything from an 18th century Swedish china cabinet to a 20th century British phone booth. Not to mention, you’ll discover more artwork, dishes, and trinkets than you could collect in a lifetime.

Fort Walton Beach – Fort Walton Beach Flea Market

Calling all professional bargain hunters: you have to explore the Fort Walton Beach Flea Market. A veritable menagerie of everything you can imagine, this is the best place along the Emerald Coast to rack up deals. Vintage Italian Moka Pot, got it. Hand sewn floral skirts, yep. Nautical tools, copper pots, camping gear, first editions, planters, vinyl albums: yes, yes, and yes some more. You’ll be hard pressed to find something this flea market doesn’t have. And you’ll be even harder pressed to leave without needing another suit case to carry all of your finds back home.

Don’t miss out on some of the best locally owned shops on the Gulf Coast, when you use Southern’s guide to vintage finds!