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the thrill of the hunt

by Laurie L. Ross

Photo Cred: EG

If you have a good eye and are willing to do rummage the racks, it’s more than likely that you will find items that are one-of-a-kind at thrift, vintage, estate shops and flea markets. Spokane’s downtown, North Spokane, the Monroe Antique District and North Spokane are hot spots for classy and quaint vintage shops. Northern Idaho and Walla Walla are also home to a plethora of antique and thrift stores that sell everything from clothing to furniture. In Spokane, 2nd Avenue and Carnegie Square are the vintage shop destinations. North Monroe Street is well-known for funky and functional antiques. In this district most stores are clustered between Broadway and the Monroe Street Bridge, however, there are a number that sprinkle all the way to Garland Street. Walla Walla is essentially a farm town so it makes perfect sense that it would be a mecca of fabulous antiques, farm style décor and collectibles. The exploding wine scene brings sophistication to the area where upscale vintage boutiques have been added to the eclectic mix of repurposed shops.

What follows is your very own pocket guide of essential shops to hit in each city and district. 

downtown spokane

ROOST Vintage Home is a co-op boutique and gathering place for merchants to sell their wares. Expect a near perfect blend of salvage industrial and vintage farm styles. 7 W.Main Avenue; search “ROOST Spokane” on 

Happy Girl Vintage is nestled inside of ROOST with merchandise that is always vintage with a delightful girlish sparkle. 7 W. Main Avenue; happygirlvintage

Artemis, located near the historic Fox Theater on 1st Avenue offers handmade, vintage, antique and recycled treasures. Owner Kris Mack, world traveller and self- proclaimed dreamer, displays a delightful mix of home décor, accessories and retro-style apparel. 1021 W. 1st Avenue;

Two Women Vintage Goods is an urban farmhouse filled with quality antiques and country inspired items. The shop is also the exclusive gallery for Dianna and Fielding Chelf’s original artwork and jewelry design pieces. 112 S. Cedar Street; www.

Amby Designs is an antique shop in Carnegie Square. Products include furniture, interior décor, kitchen wares, outdoor décor and textiles. Owners, Amy and Abby, enjoy refurbishing vintage furniture with environmentally friendly chalk and milk paint. Their custom work is available upon request. 11 S. Cedar Street; 

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Lillian Conn Antiques & Collectibles sells fine art and estate antiques housed in a beautifully restored Victorian home. Expect to find heirloom quality furnishings and accessories throughout the rooms of this stately home. They also offer interior design service for customers. 1001 W. Augusta Avenue; www.

Tossed & Found is a treasure trove of intriguing nicknacks and assorted items. Expect antiques and modern finds from classical to western-shabby-farm styling. 2607 N. Monroe Street; TossedandfoundSpokane

Paint In My Hair specializes in upcycled and custom furniture. The shop’s owners add life to old furniture and turn run-of-the-mill pieces into one- of-a-kind works of art. 3036 N. Monroe Street; www.

The Vintage Rabbit Antique Mall is the place to discover a large variety of quality antiques and collectibles under one roof. up to 30 individual dealers show and sell diverse merchandise from repurposed and vintage collectibles to home furnishings. 2317 N. Monroe Street; search Vintage Rabbit Antique Mall on Facebook

The Heart of Spokane is an antique artisan boutique for local handmade, reclaimed, restored and repurposed goods. A steady stream of local artists are also supported and featured here. 2907 N. Monroe Street;

The Bag Lady is an eclectic thrift and antique shop with furniture, home décor, sterling and antique jewelry. This is a fun place to shop with reasonable and negotiable prices. Expect a great selection of vintage and modern finds. 3111 N. Monroe Street; www.facebook. com/bagladyspokane

Coolectibles, located in the Garland District, is a man-cave that sells everything from neon signs, hockey and Harley Davidson memorabilia to beer glasses and porcelain dolls. The merchandise changes often so check in to score rare finds. 612 W. Garland Avenue;

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united Hillyard antique Mall has two floors of antiques and collectibles that you can get lost in. 5016 n. Market street; search united Hillyard antique Mall on Facebook

Orphaned Decor offers new and used home décor and furnishings. It’s a great place to adopt a new style. 2030 N. Hamilton Street; www.orphaneddecor.

Main Street Antiques is an established antiques dealer that has a funky flair. A visit is a wild ride of retro merchandise, collectibles and memorabilia 6714 N. Pittsburg Street; search Main Street Antiques Spokane on Facebook

north idaho

Cisco’s and Cisco’s Warehouse offers endless rare collectibles in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The store is divided into themed rooms including Native American, Navajo rugs and décor, saddles, canoes and decoys. The warehouse gives shoppers the opportunity to see an abundance of items in their niche style. 220 N. 4th Street and 1116 E. Sherman Ave

My Favorite Things in Post Falls is a great place to peruse 20 dealers’ wares in over 8,000 square feet of space. There is something for everyone—antiques, tools, books and furniture—ranging in style from shabby chic to modern. Expect a wide variety of vintage, collectibles and just plain neat stuff. 503 E. Seltice Way; 

walla walla

Shady Lawn Antique and Coffee is located in the historic Shady Lawn Creamery which dates to the 1870s. The owners, Dave and Jill Emigh are the fourth generation of Emighs to operate a business in these historic buildings. Check out the Country Cottage Room and the Sports Equipment and Tool area. This shop is a delightful trip to the past. 711 N. Rose Street;

Antique Mall of Walla Walla is a one-stop shop for treasure hunting with something for everybody with over 55 vendors. La Casita restaurant is on the premises if you want to stop for a bite to eat and take a shopping break. 315 S. 9th Avenue; www.antiquemallwallawalla. com

Country Store Consignment and Antique Mall boasts over 70 independent vendors and may have exactly what you’re searching for, whether that’s a rare antique, furniture or a great gift at an affordable price. 2205 E. Issacs Avenue; search Country Store Consignment and Antique Mall on Facebook

DeBouche (pronounced Day Boo Shey) appreciates anything that is in the Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency style. It is sure to have swanky finds such as rat-pack era barware. This is the place to find glamorous jewelry, handbags, furniture, art and more. 10 E. Main Street;

No matter what city, the Inland Northwest has a handful of antique shops that are sure to please. If you are a thrift store fiend or simply appreciate classic clothing, furniture or décor, there is more than likely a shop that can suit your wants and needs. 

As published in the 2013/2014 Essential Guide Spokane : Coeur d'Alene : Walla Walla 

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