Hidden Treasures in Birmingham

Hidden Treasures in BirminghamIt seems that with today's technology, there really isn't much that people don't know about. So with everyone's personal lives and favorite things turning into an ever-growing collection of public knowledge, it is always nice to find something that is a little off the beaten path. Such is the case with the various shops and out-of-the-way places that can be found in Birmingham. Whether it's a quaint little gift shop, a stylish boutique, or a place that still sells vinyl record albums, these establishments offer something that, while not considered to be in the heart of the mainstream, are hidden treasures worth finding nonetheless.

The Blue Willow
The Blue Willow in Birmingham is one of those rare gems that offers so many unique and appealing items for nearly every style and every taste. Whether it's a graduation, wedding, new baby, holiday or birthday, you're sure to find the perfect gift or item that will fittingly express not only your emotions and good wishes, but also your consummate good taste for choosing your gift from the Blue Willow. Candles, clothes, baby items, photo frames, various crafts and more can all be found in this truly special place.

Address: 3930 Crosshaven Drive, Birmingham, AL 35243 - MAP
Phone: (205) 968-0909

Second Hand Rose
Just because something has been gently used doesn't mean it isn't stylish or appealing. That's what makes a visit to Second Hand Rose so much fun. This is the area's oldest designer consignment boutique. Whether you are looking to update your wardrobe for work, want to add a few items to help create a new look, or just want to update your already stylish taste, this is the place to do it without obliterating your budget. And since Secondhand Rose is always consigning new arrivals all the time, the inventory is always changing which means it pays to regularly come in and browse!

Address: 2015 Valleydale Road, Suite 5, Birmingham, AL 35244 - MAP
Phone: (205) 987-7027
Web: www.shrose.com

Valley Spring Smoke and Spirit
Instead of having to make a trip to the tobacco shop and then to the liquor store, save yourself the hassle of two stops by making Valley Spring Smoke and Spirit your one stop for both! This establishment offers a wide selection of cigars in their impressive humidor. The staff is friendly and helpful and totally committed to making sure you find exactly what you are looking for. Plus, the liquor store right next door not only features an excellent selection of beer, wine and liquor but also they are for sale at prices much lower than the competition.

Address: 700 Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209 - MAP
Phone: (205) 916-0808

Hanna's Antique Mall
If your home or living space needs a little bit of classic appeal, then find exactly what you're looking for when you visit Hanna's Antique Mall. Hanna's has been voted the best antique shop in Birmingham, and when you walk in, it is easy to see why. You'll marvel at the 35 cases of jewelry, silver and collectibles that can be found displayed over the course of the venue's impressive 27,000-square-feet. Find such treasures as American and European furniture, handmade rugs, vintage linens, incredible accessories and lots more!

Address: 2424 7th Avenue, South, Birmingham, AL 35233 - MAP
Phone: (205) 323-6036
Web: www.hannaantiques.com

Bama Flea Mall and Antique Center
While getting to the Bama Flea Mall and Antique Center may be a bit of a drive (it is in Leeds, Alabama), it is most definitely worth the extra effort! There are over 400 dealers who offer their wares in a shopping area that stretches out over 57,000-square-feet. The market is open seven days a week and vendors are constantly bringing in old and new items on a daily basis. Find everything from guns, knives, collectibles, jewelry, sporting items, antiques and lots more.

Address: 1605 Ashville Road, Leeds, AL 35094 - MAP
Phone: (205) 699-2499
Web: www.bamafleamall.com

Charlemagne Record Exchange
The grooves are still spinning at Charlemagne Record Exchange in Birmingham. The staff gets kudos for not only being extremely knowledgeable, but they are uproariously funny and always try to help you find what you're looking for. And there is plenty of vinyl through which you can rummage. Various LPs and 45s are stocked, and you will want to flip though them all—you never know what you will find. If you select a few discs that you would like to preview, the listening station complete with a turntable and headphones will allow you spin it before you take it home!

Address: 1924 ½ 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205 - MAP
Phone: (205) 322-5349