Whistle Stop Mall: "North Carolina's LARGEST Antique Mall"
That opening line is their description. I am not able to confirmnor deny their claim, but they do have 117,000 square feet of antiques and other shops and an area where artisans are currently making and displaying wares which may someday be treasured antiques and a full service RV park which will accomodate up to 19 RVs with electricity, water, sewer, and paved roads.
Although I usually go to Franklin in June, the Christmas Station is my favorite store, perhaps because I always seem to be shopping for gifts. Perhaps one of the most convenient shops is the Mail Stop Shipping Center where you can take your purchases and have them packed and shipped just about any place in the world at very fair rates. There are also a coffe shop, a cafe, and a full-service steak and seafood restaurant in the mall.
What to buy: With over 400 antiques dealers, the array is almost unbelievable, ranging from primitive mountain furniture to an area labeled "Treasures from Abroad" which features items from Europe and the Far East. Although they are not for sale, it is also worth your time to stroll through the display of collectible cars, trains, and farm tractors.
What to pay: Some prices will be high but if you know what you are looking for and what it should cost, you can find a bargain.
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Not a huge store but it is packed to the ceiling with both new and used books and a smattering of other media. The thing that really caught me was, that like most of the other places that I visited in Franklin, everyone was so cordial and wanted to be helpful. I asked about a book that they did not have in stock and they offered to order it for me and have it sent directly to my home.
What to buy: There is nothing really special to be bought here unless perhaps items on the history of the area but I did especially like one of their mottoes.
"A book is a present you can open again and again."
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