One of the distinct pleasures of living in Louisiana is the abundance of roadside barns, flea markets and antique malls just waiting to be explored by resourceful shoppers seeking rusty gold. Some folks call it “picking,” others call it “junking” or “antiquing.” I consider myself a veteran junker, and have spent hundreds of hours combing through the best spots for antiques and collectibles of every stripe in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Here are a few of my favorite places to roll up my sleeves and dig for long-lost treasures:
Greenwood Flea Market is an enormous indoor/outdoor bazaar located at 9249 Jefferson Paige Road in Greenwood, just a few miles west of downtown Shreveport via I-49. You never know what you’ll find here, or what kind of bizarre characters you’ll meet among the milling crowds of vendors and shoppers. Some vendors specialize in collectibles such as comic books, movie memorabilia or antique fishing gear, while others have simply packed their booths from floor to ceiling with old stuff. Digging through the best booths here is like peeling back layers of pop culture history—antique toys, vintage clothing and towering stacks of old books and magazines. There are about 75 indoor shops and several dozen outdoor shops, many of which are housed in old train cars. Greenwood Flea Market is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
Campus Collectibles, located at 102 E. Kings Highway in Shreveport, isn’t a flea market—it’s a well organized, lovingly curated antique store. Vinyl record aficionados will especially enjoy this place, as it is home to about 300,000 used vinyl records—the city’s largest collection. I collect Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, and I would guess that I have purchased about 500 records here. In addition to the huge record collection, I love the Man Cave section, where you’ll find vintage posters of pin-up girls, old school sports memorabilia and militaria.
Timeline Antiques and Collectibles Mall, located at 3323 Line Ave. in Shreveport, is a must stop if you’ve still got money in your pocket (and room in your trunk). This is one of those packed-floor-to-ceiling places, with three levels of reasonably priced items. If you’re into postcards, books, maps and other paper ephemera, look for a booth called Ernie’s Books and Postcards, which houses one of the most fascinating collections of weird old books you’ll ever see. Entire sections are dedicated to topics like UFOs, rock music, mind control and Louisiana politics. I’ve always said that the only thing better than a new book is a really old book, and they’re everywhere here.
Whatever it is you’re digging for, I hope that you find it and that you get it for a bargain. Happy hunting!