Whether you’re living on a budget, searching for that perfect vintage something or are just a crazed collector, antiquing is a unique way to find exactly what you’re looking for at an affordable price. Check out these 15 fab shops and catch up with the Funky Junk Sisters in Puyallup in November!
1. The Key Antiques
11138 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood
History buffs will appreciate that The Key Antiques in Lakewood carries collectibles dating back to the 19th century.
2. Courtyard Antique Mall
705 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Complete with two floors of antique furniture, home décor, jewelry and accessories. It also offers Chalk Paint classes.
3. Old Main Street Antique Mall
16511 Pacific Ave. S., Spanaway
Find all sorts of antiques and collectibles that span across the years.
4. South Tacoma Antique Mall
8219 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood
With more than 100 vendors, the South Tacoma Antique Mall in Lakewood has just about everything.
5. 3rd Street Antiques
201 Third St. S.E., Puyallup
About 80 vendors sell items in this 15,000-square-foot antique mall.
6. Kristi’s Country Store
1008 Main St., Sumner
Discover locally made items and upcycled home décor with a country chic vibe.
7. Off the Beaten Path
1109 Main St., Sumner
Old America is reborn at Off the Beaten Path in Sumner.
8. Persnickety’s Awesomeness Emporium
1117 Main St., Sumner
Here you’ll find hand-crafted items, repurposed home décor and antiques and collectibles.
9. Classic Farmhouse— Vintage Home Décor
22 A St. S.W., Auburn
Inspired by rural living and old America, Classic Farmhouse in Auburn sells vintage pieces with a touch of history.
10. Attic Avenue
8123 40th St. W., University Place
Those vintage antiques that gathered dust in your grandmother’s attic find new life on the shelves of University Place’s Attic Avenue.
11. Lily Pad Antiques
756 Broadway, Tacoma
Specializing in old toys and iconic comic books.
12. The Modern Cottage Company
2225 N. 30th St., Tacoma
Rustic meets chic at The Modern Cottage Company in Old Town Tacoma.
13. Poppy & Co.
765 Broadway, Tacoma
Antiques and vintage items become modern home furnishings at Poppy & Co. in Tacoma’s Antique Row. Think chevron prints and pops of color.
14. Misty Meadow Antiques
6319 Soundview Drive, Gig Harbor
At Misty Meadow, 12 themed rooms showcase various antique treasures with a dose of vintage charm.
15. The Weathered Cottage
3306 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor
Old school becomes chic at The Weathered Cottage in Gig Harbor. Traditional items are modernly refinished to create vintage, fab home décor.
Meet the Funky Junk Sisters
With a passion for all things vintage, the Funky Junk Sisters take a piece of junk and make it utterly fabulous. The sisters host Junk Salvation, a traveling vintage flea market, which comes to the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup Nov. 14-15.
While searching for some of the top antique shops in the area, we caught up with the Funky Junk Sisters of Puyallup about their traveling flea market, how to make junk fabulous and all things vintage.
SS: Describe the vibe/style of Junk Salvation.
FJS: We call it Funky Junk “Sis-ti-fied Style.” It’s painted, chippy, peely, flea market finds and vintage farmhouse castoffs combined with a pinch of rusty Northwest Americana.
SS: How do you transform a piece of junk into a piece of vintage fab home décor?
FJS: You have to take a good look at the bones of the piece … can you use it for something else before you toss it away into a landfill? Like, old wooden screen doors can be used as room dividers; a mechanics toolbox on wheels makes a great kitchen island … that sort of thing.
SS: What ideas/styles/trends inspire you?
FJS: We are often inspired by color; we love color and paint so much that we designed our own paint line. Sometimes all you need to do to a room is add a punch of color. Our paint is the perfect choice to update a drab piece of furniture and, wham, you have redecorated! Of course we love Pinterest for inspiration, too! Who doesn’t?
SS: Are you selective about what you sell? If so, what types of criteria must each item meet?
FJS: Yes! The piece must have character. Does it look as though it’s lived through some rough times? Does it tell a story? Shabby, slightly worn furniture is in vogue, and it tugs at the heartstrings. You’ll feel it when you see it…
SS: Where do you find the junk?
FJS: You can find hidden gems anywhere — thrift stores, old barns, dumpsters and our Junk Salvation shows.
SS: What advice do you have for someone who is new to antique and vintage shopping?
FJS: Start a collection … even small things look great displayed in quantity. When you go antiquing, make sure you look high and low, and always look around at least twice. You just never know what you might have missed the first time. Buy things you love. If you love it, you will find a place for it.
Learn more about Funky Junk Sisters events and products.
Top photo by Shawn Kinney; second photo by Alex Schloer; bottom photo by S. Beals Photography