How do you know something’s antique? The simple rule is that it’s at least a century old. This “100-year rule” appeals to collectors who are searching for pieces from around the world that will hold value and appreciation, rather than shopping for repurposed furniture and accessories from recent decades. Great antiques can be found anywhere from grand galleries to estate sales to seasonal shows. The key is to find a good source and a good dealer who can tell you the story of the piece. Lucky for us, we have plenty of those around here.
Abigail Page Antiques
Stillwater gets all the attention, but across the St. Croix River in Hudson, this two-story mall in the historic Taylor and Gross building is worth a visit. Nearly 20 dealers sell primitive and rustic furniture, retro décor, pottery, and much more—with old-fashioned country charm.
503 2nd St., Hudson, Wis., 715-381-1505, abigailpageantiques.com
“Packed” is an adjective that comes up frequently when describing antiques stores. Here, it’s an understatement. There’s just enough room to enter the International Market Square showroom, which sells to the public. Follow the narrow path to discover a fantastic array of fixtures, furnishings, and accents, from period to midcentury modern.
275 Market St., Ste. 319, Mpls., 612-333-1685, facebook.com/ antiquemanor
Antiques Bel Air
As much as we love the retail evolution in the North Loop, we miss Antiques Riverwalk. Good news: Many of its top vendors have reunited in Hopkins, where the parking is easy. A popular resource for the trade, Bel Air features 22 upscale dealers selling furniture, art, jewelry, silver, glass, period pieces, and lighting from Residential Relics.
152 Blake Rd. N., Hopkins, 952-935-1771, antiquesbelair.com
Anthony Scornavacco Antiques
From the owner of H&B Gallery, this new store in the former Nakashian-O’Neil space showcases Tony Scornavacco’s personal collection of 18th- and 19th-century antiques. The dramatic two-level storefront in the historic Hamm Building is a perfect backdrop for the fine art, furnishings, chandeliers, silver, and more.
23 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-0046, anthonyscornavacco.com
Chelsea Rose Antiques
Even Stillwater’s antiques dealers rave about this 15-year-old gem, just a quick trip down Highway 95 in the historic Afton House Hotel. The owners are particular about their small space, furnishing it with a mix of English and French furniture, décor, and estate jewelry. Call before making the trip—hours vary.
3291 St. Croix Tr. S., Afton, 651-436-6812
Claire Steyaert Antiques
To collectors and dealers on the coasts, she’s a secret source for fine antiques. We’ve been enchanted by Claire Steyaert’s impeccable taste since her earliest days at Antiques Riverwalk. Her store above Art & Architecture is filled—never cluttered—with a broad range of furniture, lighting, art, and décor from the 1850s to more contemporary treasures.
3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-339-7396, clairesantiques.com
C.W. Smith Collection
Considered the grande dame of Asian—and colonial—antiques importers, C.W. Smith features pieces mainly from the late 17th to 19th centuries from China, Thailand, Morocco, and India.
4388 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-922-8542, cwsmithinc.com
This shop specializes in furniture, artwork, metalwork, and pottery from the early 20th century American Arts and Crafts period, plus some quality reproductions.
404 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-695-1902, eastwoodgallery.com
The Gold Mine Antiques
This well-edited boutique-style antiques shop has been in business for more than 50 years. It’s nestled in a historic house and specializes in finer wares, with an emphasis on silver, china, serving pieces, small furniture, and art pieces.
332 Broadway Ave. S., Wayzata, 952-473-7719,thegoldmineantiques.com
For more than 25 years, this Uptown shop has brought some of the finest consignment furniture, art, antiques, jewelry, and home accessories to the upper Midwest.
2730 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6436, handbgallery.com
One of the import pioneers in the biz since 1979. Shop Indigo for original-condition furniture and decorative accessories from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.
530 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-333-2151, indigompls.com
If you live in a house that commands large, interesting furniture, shop here. The proprietors claim the upper Midwest’s largest selection of Victorian antiques and turn-of-the-century oak furniture, and no one disputes it. It has long been a resource for B&B owners, restaurateurs, and interior designers. Open Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.
1000 Arcade St., St. Paul, 612-961-3401, jeantiques.com
Owner Jenny Sun has earned a reputation for bringing museum-quality Chinese art and antiques to the Twin Cities. She specializes in artifacts, including furniture, textiles, scholar rocks, calligraphy, paintings, and antiques, plus modern handmade folk art and works of select modern Chinese artists. Northrup King Building,
1500 NE Jackson St., Ste. 451, Mpls., 612-822-6388, sungallery.blogspot.com
This shop carries a wide selection of items from all sorts of eras, but the guiding focus is on clean lines and strong design. There’s a heavy emphasis on furniture and art, including a basement stocked with mid-century modern pieces. Plus, some 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s collectibles and furnishings.
420 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-695-9755,timelinesonline.net
This IMS showroom is a great place to get ideas for mixing old with new. About half the merchandise consists of vintage pieces—from French to Asian to art deco, they come together cohesively. (Zachary sells to the trade, but don’t be deterred: The showroom is open to the public.)
275 Market St., Ste. 461, Mpls., 612-305-1201