50th & Xerxes, Minneapolis
With its eclectic mix of rustic and retro pieces, Hunt & Gather (4944 Xerxes Ave. S., 612-455-0250, huntandgatherantiques.com) is a big draw, as is Loft Antiques (3022 W. 50th St., 612-922-4200, loftantiquesmpls.com). But don’t miss Piccadilly Prairie (5014 Xerxes Ave. S., 612-234-5014, piccadillyprairie.com) for a little bit of country and Vintage Studio (3016 W. 50th St., 612-929-2559, facebook.com) for apparel, accessories, and home accents from the ’40s–’70s.
Be ready to dig. You’ll find more small items than large furniture in the Halloween Capital of the World, so think china, jewelry, vintage toys, and, of course, Halloween décor. The mother of them all is the two-level Antiques on Main (212 E. Main St., 763-323-3990, antiquesonmainanoka.com), with more than 40 dealers.
Just 40 minutes west of Minneapolis, this lakefront town is a hub for vintage and antique shopping—particularly if you like cottage and shabby chic. Plan your visit for the first weekend of each month when the occasional stores are open. Don’t miss The Porch & Atelier (32 Central Ave., 763-684-1254, theporchatelier.blogspot.com) for a Paris flea market vibe.
Vintage shops pepper this charming downtown. Grab linens, china, and lunch at Antiquity Rose (429 2nd St., 952-474-2661, antiquityrose.com). Country Look-In Antiques (240 Water St., 952-474-0050) has cabin décor and nautical pieces to go with the breeze off the lake.
The seven antique stores on Mainstreet are packed with everything from vintage trains to estate jewelry, with some furniture and tons of trinkets, clothes, and collectibles along the way. Get your midcentury fix at Retro Wanderlust (8 12th Ave. S., 612-760-2600, facebook.com), featuring furniture, fashion, and décor.
Merriam Park, St. Paul
With longtime favorite the Mall of St. Paul (1817 Selby Ave., 651-647-6163, mallofstpaul.com) as an anchor, the Selby-Fairview corner is a magnet for Americana and restored wood furniture. Don’t miss Missouri Mouse (1750 Selby Ave., 651-642-1938, facebook.com), with about 50 dealers selling antiques, midcentury, and more. Small shops, like the terrifically merchandised Blue Bicycle Antiques (1818 Selby Ave.), add to the charm.
Kick off your visit at Staples Mill Antiques (410 N. Main St., 888-489-6682, staplesmillantiques.com), a wide-ranging but well-organized three-level mall in the historic Isaac Staples Sawmill. Also be sure to visit newcomer boutique This Love of Mine (102 N. Main St., 651-356-2931, thisloveofmine.com), which offers carefully selected pieces—European, art deco, and midcentury—and a vintage fashion room in back.
West 7th St., St. Paul
Start just west of Xcel Energy Center at family-run antiques and collectibles shop Wescott Station Antiques (226 W. 7th St., 651-227-2469, wescottstation.com). Then keep walking to places like John’s Antiques (261 W. 7th St., 651-222-6131), Grandma’s Attic (267 W. 7th St., 651-848-0051), and Sophie Joe’s Emporium (453 W. 7th St., 651-224-1357, sophiejoesemporium.com).