Places to Shoot – Cline’s Country Antiques

Posted: December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized
Last year I finally got a chance to visit and shoot a unique place called Cline’s Country Antiques in Mt Pleasant, North Carolina.  My photo buddy in the Carolinas is Edgar Payne and he met up with me there to show me around.  Here is a little history on Clines.
 Donald Cline has always had a love for old things. Living on land that has been in his family for 200 years has nurtured his love and respect for the past.  With diverse degrees from poultry science to economics, and even a time in the Navy Reserves, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. He enjoyed attending the many rural auctions in the area and started collecting by the truck load. It quickly outgrew his home and barn. In 1975, the family decided to quit farming. With numerous barns now empty, Don collected even more. In 1977 he opened Clines Country Antiques on the old home place in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina. In 1980 he left his teaching career to devote all his time “junk”.
    In the 30 years that he has operated, he has been involved supplying decor and signage to many restaurants. Cline’s Antiques has provided set decor and props for many major movies such as “The Color Purple.”
In 1986, he co-authored “Buying and Selling Antiques: A Dealers Inside View.”  He has been featured in numerous newspaper articles, magazines such as “Our State,” and on Home and Garden TV.
    Cline hates to throw anything away.  He knows that somewhere, someone may need or want that very thing. This is not a “prissy” place. Come dressed prepared to rummage and wander over acres of things.
Cline’s Antiques is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.
If you ever get a chance to visit this fun place do it, you will be amazed.  Acres of land and buildings full of antiques and oddball stuff.   Here are some of the images I shot just in a few hours.  It’s place that would take many days to really explore and shoot.



Edgar on the left, me on the right, and some of our friends behind us.





























  1. ddrobney says:

    Great photos, Mike! I love rummaging around at flea markets, and this looks like a great place! My brother and sister-in-law recently move to to NC from CT, so I’ll have to check the map and see if this is nearby for when we go to visit. 🙂 Dot

  2. Jennifer B. says:

    So glad to see a post from North Carolina. I live in Charlotte and love Cline’s. I also have been to an auction he was at and I found him charming. We had a talk when the action was outside and we weren’t.
    I am hoping we can get you down to Charlotte this year. I have a couple of contacts that put on workshops and hopefully will be getting in touch with you some time.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Jennifer, nice that you live close and can easily go to clines when you want. Yes would love to come back to Charlotte, let me know whats up.

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