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You don’t need to watch Antiques Roadshow to know that Americans love their antiques. And for some reason, a lot of fantastic antiques have found their way to shops in the High Country.

These antique stores run the gamut from little shops that sell old farm implements to giant antique malls that include many different booths.

In Ashe County, be sure to visit Antiques on Beaver Creek, Ashe Retro Toys, Antiques on Main, Fleetwood Antiques, the Midtown Antique Mall and Calhoun’s Cabinet Shop.

In Avery County, check out Finders Keepers and Thelma’s Things.

In Watauga County, visit A Piece of the Past, Antiques on Howard, the Appalachian Antique Mall, Blowing Rock Antique Center, Blowing Rock Estate Jewelry and Antiques, Carriage Trade Antiques, Claude’s Antiques, de Provence et d’alleurs, Finley House Antiques, Hanna’s Oriental Rugs and Gifts, Hidden Valley Antique Mall, Possum Hollow Antiques, Wildcat Flea Market and Windwood Antiques.

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As the holiday season approaches, a spirit of giving settles on the High Country. Visitors frequent the area, seeking out special gifts for loved ones. From clothing to home goods and specialty foods, the High Country’s several downtown areas offer visitors a walkable shopping experience.

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West Jefferson’s 10th annual Olde Time Antiques Fair takes place Friday, Sept. 17-18, in historic downtown West Jefferson. Admission to the fair is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. The event will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Northwestern North Carolina is not only home to a rich history, but also relics of the area’s past. Locals and visitors to the area can find several local stores stocked with antiques from years passed and give them new life and purpose in their homes.

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For Jill Reeves, the owner of the Appalachian Antique Mall, located in downtown Boone, her journey into the world of antiques began during World War II. Back then, when she was just a child, her mother ran what was called then a “second hand store.”

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