Preview: Top Ten Antique SHops
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Snohomish might be the antique capital of the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more places in Snohomish County for you to pick up a little something (or big something) old. The antique shops featured on this list are just a small sampling of the many that can be found in our county, although they do fairly represent the largest of them. That means there are lots of little ones out there for you to discover and explore. P.S. Sometimes those ones have some awesome hidden treasures.
This is all coming from someone who, up until starting Live the SnoCo Life, wasn’t all that into antiques. Like most, I spent a lot of time thinking new was better. What changed? When I made the shift to a think local first mindset, finding what I wanted an needed often required thinking outside the box. Buying new isn’t always an option locally, but you can find pretty much anything when it comes to antiques and it won’t just be old, what you find will be unique. Thanks to them we now have a collection of antique camping gear, including a folding table and cooler. We also have a collection of kitchen tools and gadgets, not to mention a lot of decor items (I collect mini vases and pitchers, it’s weird, but I love them) and furniture. Once we got started, we couldn’t stop.
For this list, factors considered were the size of the shop, variety offered, turnover rate for new items, and uniqueness, that little something that makes one shop different than all the rest. Without further ado, here’s this months list …
1108 1st St, Snohomish
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even know Antique Station in Victoria Village even existed before a year ago. Part of the reason for this is that, despite its 1st St location in Historic Downtown Snohomish, it’s appearance is a bit deceiving. If you don’t take the time to go inside, or at least get a good peek in the windows or doors, then you would have no idea just how massive the shop is.
With two floors, 20,000 sqft, and 70+ vendors featured, Antique Station is one of the largest antique shops in Snohomish County. As far as I’m concerned it is actually the largest in terms of the volume of antiques, books and jewelry aside, to be found. Each booth is packed with old stuff, requiring you to really get into them and explore. Trust me you will want to given the wide variety of items that can be found throughout.
We have made multiple visits over the last year and still haven’t manage to see everything, which is a challenge in an of itself considering vendors are always bringing in new things, or rotating out old things. That means its pretty easy to miss out on something, but that’s part of the fun when it comes to antique shopping right?
Main Street (New Location), Monroe
M&M Antiques and Collectibles in Monroe is another good size antique shop. It is home to 30+ vendors and, like Antique Station, the booths are for the most part packed with old stuff and feature a good variety. More importantly, the shop is a refreshing option in a city that is overflowing with vintage style shops (old stuff made new).
If you need evidence of just how amazing this shop is, it has scored our #2 spot even though we’ve only been there one time. What can I say, it made quite the impression, that and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted so many things at once from one shop before. I said no to myself A LOT that day, but I did walk away with a crystal cake stand that has stared in photos of our dessert recipes and the start of my mini collection of pastry tongs (I love the detail on some).
Just thinking about what we left behind that day has got me itching for another visit, and not just to see all the new old stuff found there. It is also one of two shops in Snohomish County where you can find the art work of Crooksy Creations, which takes old stuff and combines it into some slightly creepy, weird, and fascinating pieces (catch photos and our interview with the artist on the Shop section of our website).
1517 3rd St, Marysville
Finders Keepers is awesome for a couple of reasons. First off, a good portion of the featured vendors offer furniture, a lot of it more practical and lower priced than other shops. If you like painting old furniture, it is a good spot to pick something decent up for a good price. My night stand, painted during a class with Dahlia’s (then Camano, now Arlington), was from there, and I LOVE it (class review and photos are on the Play section of our website). Second, you can find vintage items and furniture (actual vintage, not old made new), mixed in with the antiques. Fees Fabulous Finds is the perfect example of that, her booth has a mix of mid-century, retro, and vintage that is always changing. Finally, there is enough item turnover, variety, and vendors, to make the shop worth exploring on a regular basis. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is pretty awesome as well!
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