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Wrap It Up In North Alabama
By Janet Felts

Whether you're looking for something old, something new or just something unique, you're sure to find it in North Alabama. With numerous antique shops, a famous factory outlet center and a huge retail mall, along with various specialty shops, North Alabama is a shopper's dream.

Known as "A Shopper's Paradise," the factory outlet center in Boaz is recognized as one of the Top 10 such centers in the nation. There are more than 140 outlet shops which feature mostly name brand and designer labels at discount prices.

Madison Square Mall in Huntsville is the area's largest mall. The two-level building boasts 140 stores with five anchor stores. In nearby Decatur, the historic streets of Second Avenue and Bank Street couple Victorian charm and Southern hospitality for a delightful step back in time.

First Monday Trade Day in downtown Scottsboro is a tradition, attracting several thousand visitors each year. Folks here have bartered and swapped since the 1850s. Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro is the destination for lost airline luggage, offering bargains galore.

More than 1,000 dealers display and trade their wares at Attalla's year-round Mountain Top Flea Market. Visitors can "make a deal" for almost any item imaginable.

For those dedicated flea market shoppers and swappers, Limestone Flea Market, located on 40 acres between Athens and Huntsville, is North Alabama's largest indoor market, and Cullman Flea Market just off I-65 offers 250 inside booths. And there's more outside.

Country Village & Antiques is one of North Alabama's newest shopping destinations. Located near Cullman Flea Market are 57 booths and 10 individual country shops in a 2,000 square foot facility. Unique shops offer treasure hunters antiques, gifts and collectibles of all kinds.

Specialty shops are numerous in the area. Visitors to Jerry Brown's Pottery in Hamilton may purchase collectible Face Jugs and folk pottery while watching it take shape right before their eyes! Traces of Cullman's German heritage can be found at A Touch of German with its Bavarian steins, German musical clocks and more. Corn Crib Corner Country Crafts is a remodeled old barn in Gadsden containing hundreds of handmade items, antiques and other treasures. Classical Fruits and Bar-B-Q in Moulton, along with its restaurant and fruit market, has a gift shop and an antique shop!

Enjoy your shopping experience in North Alabama. If you're visiting, you won't leave empty-handed.

For information on special events and travel destinations in North Alabama, call the North Alabama Tourism Association, formerly the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association, at (800) 648-5381 or (256) 350-3500, visit their web site at www.northalabama.org or e-mail the staff at info@northalabama.org.

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