The factory buildings which date back to circa 1887 and 1911 have become the home of a monthly antiques market, operated by the Lakewood Antiques Group, which operates the Lakewood Antiques Market in Atlanta, one of the nation#s most successful antiques markets.
An investor group, headed by local businessman Don Arsenault purchased the 13-plus acres and the four existing buildings of the old factory. The approximately 100,000 square feet of covered space has been completely renovated including new windows, doors, elevators, a heating and air conditioning system, etc. The structural systems of the old buildings consist of three courses of brick and massive heart of pine beams. Hardwood floors constructed of tongue and groove maple and pine have been repaired and refinished.
The monthly antiques market features a variety of antiques and collectibles from architectural antiques, glass, jewelry, art, furniture, lighting, stained glass, advertising signage, toys, books and investment quality antiques.
And while shopping for the “perfect something,” be sure to visit the Historic Buford Museum on loan from Randy and Sandy Wood, local artists in Buford. Space donated by the owner”s houses hundreds of artifacts and photos depicting Buford#s rich historic past. The museum also houses a 1922 La France Fire Truck on loan from the city.
The antiques market is held the third weekend of every month with doors opening at noon on Friday, and tickets to enter are $3. Your ticket is good for the entire weekend, so keep it in a safe place so you can re-enter the building when you come back to pick up that great find later in the weekend.
The facility also plans to open its doors to other activities on alternate weekends including corporate meetings, antique car shows, weddings and more.
For more information on the Historic Buford Antiques Market or for directions, call (770) 945-4511.