Whether you are hunting for that perfect, retro piece of furniture or have a passion for the jewelry your grandmother might have worn, Marietta has a wide collection of antique stores to meet the demands of the hobbyist or the everyday shopper.
Nineteenth century furniture, locally-made decor and old memorabilia line the shelves of Marietta's antique shops.
From Harmar Village to the main drag on Front Street, a collector would be hard pressed to not find something that suits them.
JACKIE RUNION The Marietta Times
A wide selection of Fenton Glass pieces can be found at The Antique Gallery on Front Street.
At FOUND Antiques in Harmar Village, owner Chuck Swaney projects his own antiques-with-new-life style into the pieces on display.
"I like to focus on unique furniture and things you won't find everywhere else," he said. "Everything in here is what captures my imagination."
Collectors will find decades and centuries-old school desks and chairs and toys and school books from years past.
"Some things are salvaged pieces that date back that I have reworked, because I love to give old things new life," Swaney said, noting a cabinet made out of doors and windows from a 1940s home in Marietta. "I want each piece to be noticed with its own unique story."
At Norwood Antique Mall, shoppers and antique fans can find two entire floors of furniture, crafts, home decor and Fenton glass, among a variety of items.
The mall on Greene Street also rents out booths for other dealers on a month to month basis, leaving room for an even more diverse and wide collection of items.
At H. Rietz Co. Antiques and General Merchandise, owners Dan and Shana Woodford turned what used to just be an apartment full of antiques into a full-fledged, two-floor store on Front Street.
"Our main thing at the store is furniture, but we also have sterling silver and glassware of all kinds," Shana said. "We also have a sort of niche section that is more formal, along with other sections that cater more toward chic and retro."
The 14-year-old business stocks linens from early Victorian homes, 19th and early 20th century furniture, old records and Fenton glass pieces.
"We have shipped all the way to Texas, but we also get a lot of local business too," Shana said. "Whether it is tourists or locals, there is a lot of support out there that we appreciate."
Connie Smithberger, 59, of Graysville, likes to browse local antique stores both for herself and for her grandson.
"If I see something that catches my eye and isn't too expensive, I'll buy it," she said. "Right now I'm finding things to put out in the yard, so I'll look for things I can use to decorate."
Smithberger said her young grandson likes Army antiques, and if she does not take him with her, she keeps her eyes out for items.
"We have several family members that have served in the Army, and he likes to find helmets, or anything on wheels," she said. "There's a lot of plastic stuff out now, so it's nice to find the classic things."
The Antique Mall of Marietta on Second Street features a huge selection of glassware, furniture and primitive pieces-handmade items typically made out of necessity by early settlers or residents-all throughout 7,500 square feet of space.
Rex Buckley, 63, who lives in South Carolina but frequently returns to visit his family in Marietta, flocks to stores like the Antique Mall of Marietta for old maps.
"There's a phrase called highway archeology devoted to the history of original road networks, and since I used to work for the department of transportation, I go into places like this to look for old highway maps," he said.
Buckley also collects old coins, and said the mall has a good selection of both.
"They have a good cross section, including things from Washington County," Buckley said. "Even if I'm not buying, it's fun to look, which is what most antique-rs do."
The Antique Gallery, which took on its new name and new location on Front Street in April 2013 after formerly being called the River City Antique Emporium, has a fresh new look with a collection of sports memorabilia, estate jewelry, Fenton glass and primitive furniture.
"We get a lot of our collection from estate sales and auctions," said manager Cathy Greenlees. "But we get a lot of traffic on here because we also sell on eBay, and people who have bought things online will come in to visit."