There is no better place to hunt for treasure than Saugatuck, Michigan. Saugatuck’s creative, artsy charm means it is an amazing place to go antique shopping. Whether you are after funky clothing, vintage furniture, or one-of-a-kind retro knick-knacks, you’ll find something special in Saugatuck’s many excellent antique shops. But make sure you block out a couple hours for your shopping. It is easy to get lost in the shops and spend hours shifting through their treasures.
1. The Saugatuck Antique Pavilion
At 24,000 square feet, Saugatuck Antique Pavilion is considered one of the best antique shops in the entire country. Anyone who is familiar with antiquing knows shops can sometimes get hot and claustrophobic. That isn’t the case with the Saugatuck Antique Pavilion. With its high ceilings, wide aisles, and climate controlled interiors, your shopping experience will be easy, comfortable, and fun. If you are in search of the unusual, unique, or hard-to-find, look no further. Their 175 dealers sell everything from Civil War era collectibles to 1970s retro furniture and fashion. Their knowledgeable and helpful staff with help you find just the right piece for you. The Antique Pavilion is also a great place to go for Depression glass, vintage jewelry, tin litho toys and Pyrex. To slake your thirst after a busy afternoon of treasure hunting, swing by the Saugatuck Brewing Company, which is attached to the mall, for great food and beer.
2. Featherstone Antique Mall
Featherstone Antique Mall is located in the nearby town of Fennville. Featherstone is the best spot for jewellery, especially broches, turquoise rings, and other pieces incorporating rare jewels or gems. Featherstone is also a good choice for art, homegoods, and clothing. It is located right in the heart of Downtown, so be sure take the afternoon to grab lunch and browse the other shops in Fennville.
3. Swell Times
Even though it is tiny, you could spend hours exploring Swell Times. This delightfully cluttered shop specializes in kitschy knick-knacks and nostalgic pop culture memorabilia. Think toys, lunch boxes, thermoses, and hard-to-find games from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Their range of stuff is remarkable. You’ll have fun stepping back in time and finding things you have forgotten, or maybe discovering weird items you didn’t even know existed.
4. Allegan Antique Market
Allegan Antique Market is the premier outdoor market event in the area. It is not a brick-and-mortar shop but rather a antique gathering that happens the last Sunday of the month from April until September. This event is massive. It has even been named “One of the Ten Best Shows in America.” It is well-known for the large diversity of quality merchandise it offers. 400 quality dealers gather to sell every type of antique and collectible you could imagine, including glass, pottery, chima, primitives, advertisements, vintage jewelry, sports & fishing gear, furniture, and so much more. There are 200 dealers inside and 200 dealers outside and under canopies. The market happens rain or shine, from 8 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $4 per person but parking is free.
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