My article recently appeared on Vintage Indie. This was a great antique mall! I highly recommend it!
On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Bright's Antique World Franklin, KY
Driving to Nashville, TN this past fall, my husband and I discovered one of the best antique malls we have been to in a long time. Conveniently located right off the interstate, Bright's Antique World offers 35,000 square feet of antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, toys and more.
Owners Riley and Linda Bright purchased the land, had the building custom built and opened their doors for business in January 2003. Voted No. 1 by Busy Bee Trader readers, this mall definitely lives up to that recognition. They offer a wide variety of collectibles, quality furniture and reasonable prices. The mall is well lit and well maintained. The women's bathroom is decked out in vintage clothing and accessories in every nook and cranny and the men's bathroom carries a hunting theme.
Store Hours: Monday - Sat 9-8, Sunday 10-6, closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Location: 281 Steele Rd., Franklin, KY 42135 right past Cracker Barrel. Exit 2 off I-65, KY.
Phone: (270) 598-9901
Special Events: A special event is held each spring in conjunction with the local historic district businesses. A Customer Appreciation Day is held each October offering special sales and refreshments. A Christmas Open House is held annually on Thanksgiving weekend.
Carolyn West, one of the managers, has been a dealer for over 30 years. She is also a collector as most of the dealers are. She was friendly, knowledgeable and offered exceptional customer service. This mall is definitely worth the stop, whether you are passing through the area or looking for a one day getaway.