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Best Places For Antiquing In Minnesota

June 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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The word antique conjures up the image of small and carefully curated little stores filled with treasures from another era. These stores draw visitors from both near and far in the name of “antiquing.” A popular and much-loved hobby for many, as evidenced by shows like “Antiques Roadshow,” antiquing appeals to amateurs and collectors alike.  Whether it’s the thrill of the chase in finding just the right piece or the enjoyment of touching a visceral reminder of history, we’ve got you covered on your next antiquing trip in Minnesota. Here are the top picks to check out locally, and they all feature dealers who are members of the Minnesota Antique Dealers Association.
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Midtown Antique Mall
301 Main St. S.,
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-0808
www.midtownantiques.com

Located in historic and picturesque downtown Stillwater, Midtown Antiques boast a long and rich history of providing a comprehensive antiquing experience. After starting out with only 20 dealers a little more than 20 years ago, Midtown Antiques now boasts over 100 dealers in one central location. With over 30,000 square feet in space, the Mall has an antique furniture gallery in addition to featuring dealers who specialize in rare coins, jewelry, Middle Eastern items and vintage clothing, among many others. Just 20 minutes out of St. Paul, Midtown Antique Market makes for a great summer weekend day-trip and enjoy the sights and sounds of this busy river town.

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Blake Antiques
901 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 930-0477
www.blakeantiques.com

Blake Antiques has quickly built a sterling reputation in its less than 10 years’ existence. Located in the western suburb of Hopkins and run by Linda Dickson and her family, the store takes items on consignment in addition to hosting “mini-shops” for more than 40 dealers. Striving for the perfect balance between plenty of variety and high quality pieces, Blake features antique jewelry, pottery, art pieces, furniture and Americana, and is a top pick for finding the perfect piece to finish off a room. Open most days of the week except Monday, stop by soon to check out this one-of-a-kind store and its two floors of unique offerings.

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Country and Indian Gallery
16126 S. 50th St.
Afton, MN 55001
(651) 645-7558
www.countryandindiangallery.com

In the antiquing business for more than 40 years, Country and Indian Gallery owner Jerry Peters hosts his unique collection in a barn. And it’s not just any barn; it’s the kind of barn one pictures when thinking about Swedish immigrants first coming to Minnesota. So it’s not surprising that there’s a bit of a theme to the types of antiques featured here: furniture from immigrants and country homes in the 19th century, Native American pieces, and folk art, to name just a few. Peters also regularly posts pictures of some of his current pieces and recently sold items to provide the casual browser the opportunity to get just a taste of the full experience. Check him out online, or stop by in Afton for a visit after finishing up in Stillwater.

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West Saint Paul Antiques
880 Smith Avenue South
West St Paul, MN 55118
(651) 451-0398
www.weststpaulantiques.com 

In business since 1998, West Saint Paul Antiques both buys and sells pieces. Items come from estate sales, released museum collections and private sellers,creating an eclectic collection ranging from standard antique pieces (like furniture) to less traditional items like maps, maritime artifacts, instruments, and clocks. With over three floors of selling space and dedicated owner Floyd Ruggles at the helm, a customer would be hard-pressed to not find something. This antiques mall is clearly a labor of love for Ruggles, and that passion translates into the quality pieces and excellent customer service. In addition to the store, they also maintain an extensive website and offer online shopping.

Related: Best Vintage Clothing Shops In the Twin Cities

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The Missouri Mouse 
1750 Selby Ave.
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 642-1938
www.facebook.com/The-Missouri-Mouse 

Located near the Grand Ave area of St Paul (just north of downtown), the Missouri Mouse is one of those local treasures you don’t always hear about. But with nearly 50 dealers with offerings that span from textiles and country furniture to hunting and fishing regalia (a Minnesotan favorite!), there’s plenty here for everyone.  Consistently hailed by shoppers for it’s variety and affordability, The Missouri Mouse is a can’t-miss for antiquing. So take the time, the next chance you get to hunt this little store and take a quick browse through. Items available change regularly, but the store also posts pictures on the Facebook page to give you an idea of what you things you might see on a given day.

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Coe & Channell
2727 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 872-2227
www.coeandchannel.net 

Located in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, Coe & Channell is backed by more than 40 years of antiques-buying experience, and it shows. With plenty of vendors featured in the Hennepin Avenue store and their regular business in estate sales (both on and off-site), this antique store is a changeable feast of vintage and antique pieces. Furniture, jewelry, art from around the world, antique glass––Coe & Channel primarily features items from the 19th century through the 1940s. Check out their gallery online for a sampling of some of the types of items they regularly carry.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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