Secondhand America: The Depot Antique Mall

America's wealth of secondhand stores is not exactly a secret, but it it can be pretty intimidating in its vastness. Follow our writer as she tiptoes through junk, browses the shelves of antique malls and bargains with vintage brokers, reporting back on just what makes our resale shops so damn good.

While you could spend your time in Oxford, Mississippi taking in the wonders of the Square—where delicious food and seriously good shopping abound—there’s one place in town that you shouldn’t skip: the Depot Antique Mall. Situated in a strip mall just down the road from the Square, the Depot is a spacious place where your path is lined with dark wood furniture spilling out of unique, treasure-filled booths.

First, I found a pile of fun earrings—dangling spider webs, clay flower studs—all for under $5. While I was seriously tempted by the complete gold serving set ($175) and the antique drafting set ($40), I soldiered on to find handbag excellence. Amid the orange Coach bags and surprisingly elegant Guess, I found gorgeous, Dolce & Gabbana-esque needlepoint bags—all half-off at $20. After snatching the prettiest of the bunch, I moved along to see $60 rocking chairs, “very old medicine bottles” for under $5 and awesome, rusty roller skates for $15. There are plenty of nice smaller items for you to discover, too, like pretty painted finials and ornate drawer pulls. And if you’re looking for some vintage Ole Miss paraphernalia—salt shakers, mascot figurines—you’ve come to the right place. Naturally, there are plenty of other treasures to discover, like cool old wooden boxes and homewares galore.

While finding at least a few crave-worthy things in an expansive antique mall isn’t usually too hard, the Depot is actually a great spot; there are tons of bright colors on the walls and surprising treats to be found in abundance.

The Depot Antique Mall
709 North Lamar
Oxford, MS 38655

Freelance writer Alison Baitz (who also writes for Bust and Refinery29) is so excited that she gets to visit thrift stores and antique malls as part of her job.

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