2004 Staples Mill Road
Second Place: Alexander's Antiques
Third Place: Sheppard Street Antiques
A longtime favorite of collectors, the West End Antiques complex can take the better part of an afternoon just to walk through, with more than 300 dealers spread out over more than 53,000 square feet of collectibles and antiquities. Most of it's top-drawer stuff, manager Judy Splawn says. "We try not to go in the direction of a flea market. We sell an awful lot of high-end furniture, glassware, pottery. … You'll see dealers with antiques from the 1800s right next to someone who sells items from the 1950s." With weekly auctions on Thursdays, Alexander's in the South Side bills itself as "the largest gallery type auction on the Eastern Seaboard," featuring everything from carved regency fireside chairs to bronze French game tables. Carytown's handsome Sheppard Street Antiques is another must-stop, showcasing vintage furniture, elaborate chandeliers, handmade candles and garden fixtures. There's no telling what you'll find.