Antique Market in Louisiana
One of the great things about living in a small-historically rich state called Louisiana is the abundance of relics and cultural legacies that are left behind for generations. Traditionally, the modern history of the United States is a relatively young one. Therefore, finding antiques in the United States can be a real treat as the majority of them rarely date back further than one or two hundred years. In Louisiana, it is not uncommon to find antique furniture, gadgets, or even tools still in use. Antique collectors can find neat items around by visiting specialty antique stores and the occasional garage sale among other avenues.
The antique market in Washington Louisiana is one of the places that people can find an array of collectibles in one place. It is comprised of 40,000 square feet of different vendors and shops. Shoppers will additionally have the opportunity to experience a true small town in Louisiana. Washington is a American main-street town. To the quick passerby, there is not much more than a stop light, church, and a few rows of houses. Washington was established around the year 1720 as a steamboat community along the Bayou Teche, which is one of the more significant rivers in southwest Louisiana.
People come from varying distances around the Louisiana area to shop on the weekends at the market. In the market you can find everything from antique furniture, books, clothes to decorations and collectibles such as war paraphernalia. There is certainly something for shoppers with a variety of tastes. Even if you are not interested in purchasing something, it can be fun just to look around at what they have. Personally, I do not have a need for furniture or anything of the sort, but I enjoy looking at all the things as they can also be great opportunities to learn about the way that things were done before the arrival of new technologies and as well as a way of keeping history alive.
The location of the antique market in Washington Louisiana is on the grounds of what was formerly a schoolhouse. It is not a large area, but it is inclusive with the school yard, gymnasium, and a café. If you are work up an appetite for something spicy after shopping, then you may enjoy a stop at the café. They have a variety of local dishes such as gumbo and red beans and rice. The decor of the café is neat and unique and reminded me of what I would expect to see in a 50s style diner.
You can find more information about the schoolhouse mall here.
Helpful things to know:
– It is free, unless of course you choose to buy something.
– The market is open from 9am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
– Washington is roughly 30 minutes from Lafayette without traffic.
– The address and contact information are:
Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall
123 Church Street
Washington, LA 70589
Here are some more pictures of the antique market.