Minnesota has a lot to offer in terms of antique shopping. Lots of little towns on and off the beaten path have pockets of shops that might surprise you. Here are some of the best places to spend and afternoon or a weekend browsing the aisles, looking for treasures.
In Buffalo, you'll find many antique stores big and small. Some of the favorites for the die-hards are Annie's Attic (1205 Highway 25 N), The Buffalo Nickel (1004 3rd St), and Second Hand Rose (500 2nd Avenue NE). Back in the day, The Buffalo Nickel was a barn, but now you'll find rows and racks of antique dishes and linens, furniture, vintage clothing and lots more!
Stillwater is home to over 20 antique stores. The summer is a a wonderful time to spend in Stillwater... the water, the open air restaurants, the sidewalk shops, etc. But winter is a great time to take advantage of all the city has to offer. While you're there, be sure to check out Chelsea Road Antiques, Main Street Antiques, and Gale's Antiques - all found on Main Street!
Whether it's furniture, architectural elements, clothing, accessories, or what have you you're sure to find it in a shop in Minneapolis. Architectural Antiques (1330 Quincy Street NE) will provide you with all the lights, mantles, hardware and corbels you'll ever need. Spinario Design (3338 SE University Ave) has all that a mid-century modern lover would want: art, furniture, accessories and clothing too. And a trip to 50th and Xerxes will lead you to Hunt & Gather, Loft Antiques and Picadilly Prairie.
Mainstreet in Hopkins has a nice row of antique shops - something perfect for a Saturday afternoon... you can hit up a couple all in a row; Hopkins Antique Mall, Blake Antiques, Auntie M' Antiques. The Antique Mall has lots of jewelry, records, clothing, furniture and household items. It's like walking through a museum of all of the things your grandmother used!
Happy treasure hunting!