Maybe it’s Michigan’s long furniture-making tradition, or perhaps it’s because Michiganders are frugal, unwilling to throw out items that may be useful to someone, somewhere. Whether you’re looking for a Victorian floor lamp or a mid-century chrome table, an Arts & Crafts-era sofa or a solid oak door of just the right size, you’re bound to find them at antique stores in Michigan.
Antique housewares and furniture, clothing and jewelry—and almost anything else you can think of—fill four stories and two mezzanines at Wilson’s 20,000-square-foot downtown location. Even Wilson’s location is historic, set in a building that dates from the 1890s. Can’t get enough antiques? Head to Wilson Antiques East Bay, just east of Traverse City in the town of Acme.
Two antique shops, side by side? With nearly identical names? Just believe us when we say that taken together, these adjacent antique shops offer 60,000 square feet of historical goodness, from vintage toys to tools and historic furniture to knick-knacks. This downtown corner ranks as a favorite stop for antiques lovers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The Detroit Antique Mall occupies a triangular building right across the Fisher Freeway from Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino and Hotel. A dozen dealers and shops fill the building’s 12,000-square-foot warehouse space. Look for antique furniture and lighting as well as architectural items, many taken from historic homes and businesses once located in Michigan’s largest city.
More than 23,000 square feet of antiques, crafts and collectibles fill Hog Creek Craft & Antique Mall. Set right on historic U.S. Route 12, which originally ran from Detroit all the way to the state of Washington, the antiques shop is located in the town of Allen, which calls itself the Antique Capital of Michigan. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for at Hog Creek…
...head to the Allen Antique Barn, which claims to be the largest purveyor of memorabilia in Allen. Also located on U.S. Route 12, the Allen Antique Barn features more than 300 booths spread across 25,000 square feet as well as a full-service restaurant. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Michigan’s Antique Capital is also home to a dozen smaller antiques shops.
Located just west of the university town of Marquette in the small town of Ishpeming, Main Street Antique Mall is pretty large. Expect more than 8,000 square feet of display space, with antiques ranging from camp and cottage furnishings to Great Lakes shipping memorabilia, and from daintily-painted, century-old china to finely-taxidermied game animals.
Considered one of the nation’s oldest architectural salvage companies, Materials Unlimited got their start in the early 1970s. You’ll find all kinds of architectural pieces, including vintage bathroom fixtures, windows, even door hinges, as well as ceiling fixtures and floor lamps fully rewired and up to modern code. Materials Unlimited also sells plenty of furniture, art and glassware, too, in rooms organized by chronology and architectural style.
Limoges porcelain and vintage fine jewelry, hand-knotted Persian rugs and antique furniture fills the showrooms of Du Mouchelles. Located just across the street from the GM Renaissance Center, the antique shop displays their finds in their downtown shop and online, and sales are made via auction, either in person, online or over the phone. Du Mouchelles also offers appraisals and consignment.
Take time from the Lake Michigan beach for a little shopping at the West Michigan Antique Mall, located midway between Grand Haven and Holland. Spread across 12,000 square feet, 72 dealers sell everything from small furniture to vintage clothing and jewelry, lamps and memorabilia. There’s also a fine collection of rural Michigan memorabilia including historic tools and housewares.
In the spring and summer, the Allegan Antiques Market draws antiques lovers from across the Midwest to their location in the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Ranked by Antiques Magazine as one of the Ten Best Antiques Shows in America, the warm-weather market includes primitives and fine jewelry, salvaged architectural pieces and beautifully preserved furniture. Two hundred dealers sell their goods indoors, while another 200 display items outside, beneath a field of canvas tents. The market is held the last Sunday of each month, from April through September.
Located just south of downtown Grand Rapids, Warehouse One sells antiques and collectibles in a 25,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with vintage furniture and clothing, old bicycles and collectible comic books and vinyl. Want to make an afternoon of it? Warehouse One shares the block with Lost & Found Treasures of Old and New and Century Antiques, both of which stock even more historic finds.
With the distinction of being Michigan’s largest stand-alone antiques shop at 40,000 square feet, the Mega Mall offers a wide array of shopping options. Heirloom-quality antique sideboards sit alongside this year’s trendiest toy. Green Depression Glass tumblers lie on display near vintage gas station signs. You’ll find rare antiques as well as quirky memorabilia and trendy new items at this enormous shopping center just north of downtown Lansing.