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“Other true antique malls are out there... just not in Concord”

The Depot at Gibson Mill
Ranked #2 of 7 Shopping in Concord
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

Have visited, spent lots of money and enjoyed this place for the last 5 years, but it stops now. It’s too bad that The Depot at Gibson Mill's management has allowed the number of true antique booths to dwindle to almost nothing. Such as shame because it used to be a great place to spend several hours "antique hunting".

My DH and I have noticed that over the past year there has been a progressive movement to fill their vendor spaces with those carrying farm-house chic, painted furniture, mass produced rusti-esque home decor and repurposed pieces, which is fine if that's what you're looking to buy. But The Depot should not self-declare to be "the destination for "Pickers" of antique furniture, household items and mementos from the past ...The Depot at Gibson Mill has quickly become the largest and most popular antique mall in the Southeastern United States." if all I see is booth after booth of hand-made or mass produced "vintage-like" market pieces.

It's unfortunate that they no longer carry as many antiques as they did previously. Having a smattering of "booths that inspire nostalgic creativity" is great, but not at the expense of the antique vendors who were originally their "bread and butter". Prices are high for the vintage concept pieces, which as an artist myself I understand the reasoning behind the price point. Unfortunately, it also appears that the few antique vendors left have had to stay in step management's poor decisions by raising their prices as well.

There are still truly great "antique malls" to be found in NC, you just have to travel outside of Concord to find them.

Will NOT return.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have been here several times. There are lots of dealers. Place has many items to choose from. Antiques, Farmhouse, collectibles and the list goes on and on. I’ve purchased several items and got a great deal. You can easy spend 4-6 hours in this place looking around. I would return.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ladybug59
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

If you love antiques, or you are just looking for something unique, you have to go to the Depot at Gibson Mill. Now beware travelers, this place is HUGE!! Wear comfortable shoes! Make sure you take note of where you are, this place is so big you can get lost. But don't worry there is always helpful staff floating around to guide you out, or stop in at the huge snack bar inside to freshen up! Great for a rainy day activity!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Sheri196748
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Great place to shop, just walking around the many shops gives you decorating ideas. The mall is big enough so competition keeps the prices low.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Susan G
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

My husband and I visited this mill after someone recommended it to us. It is very large and overwhelming. We didn't like the way the booths were displayed as it was hard to view items in some of them. Half of the mill is dark making viewing hard as well. Some things were pricey. Part had a smell hard to describe but gave me a really bad headache. Did not buy a thing nor see anything I wanted to buy. Very disappointed.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 6rowdygirls
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