I caught a glimpse of it from the vantage of a Midtown Taco Bell; an antiques store across the street called The Fainting Couch. A lifelong fan of antiques, old things, and out-of-the-way local places, I couldn’t wait to explore it.
Once inside, I saw a plethora of items to look through, including old film projectors, vintage fashion, postcards, and especially costume jewelry!!!
It’s always interesting to talk to the owners of a local store. Above the front display desk sits a portrait of the store owner’s mother, Billie Speed, a trailblazer who was the Religion Editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and the first female sports writer in the U.S. Learn more about her in Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams
Open since 2001, The Fainting Couch is owned by Kathleen Windham-Williams. I talked with her husband, Joe Williams, who was manning the fort that day. Many of the items come from local estates, and one lady in particular had a wealth of costume jewelry, much of which now appears in-store. It was particularly fabulous to find so many earrings at such affordable prices! If you are looking for Christmas shopping on a bargain (or for any occasion, really), and expressly have a costume jewelry lover or film buff in mind–the Fainting Couch is a great bet!
After the Fainting Couch, it was on to Scarlet Loves Rhettro, located next door. The inside of this cool shop contained some very swanky vintage fashion, as well as type writers, furniture, and other retro-chic odds and ends.
Go see for yourself! At The Fainting Couch and Scarlet Loves Rhettro, you never know what you’ll find!
Thank you for reading,