I’ve been wanting to start a Q&A series for awhile, so I thought I’d start it off answering one of the questions I get asked most, (I even got an email from a friend asking this same thing while in the midst of writing this post…ha ha)which is, What are my favourite antique stores? It’s such a hard question to answer, since as I’ve mentioned before, there’s only really ONE store that I love and can’t NOT visit, which is Station 8 in Columbia Falls. I’ve been to a ton though, and I’m going to try my best and list the ones that I would recommend!
I actually feel like there is no secret whatsoever to antiquing. It’s totally hit or miss. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone through an entire store, only to find ONE thing that I like. Which is fine, that’s just how it goes! It’s better than nothing, right? But then when people see all of those one things together in my house, they think they all came from wonderful jackpot antique stores, and it’s so not the case!
And everything I’ve accumulated has also been gathered slowly, like in the last four years at least. Every time I’m somewhere on vacation, I try and hit two or three stores. What’s funny, is I haven’t been to a single antique store in Lethbridge!! It just feels like something I should only do on holiday…weird, but whatever! I’ve been meaning to check out the ones in Lethbridge at some point…
Even as I was googling addresses and names of the stores I’ve been to, a whole bunch more popped up that I hadn’t ever seen or heard of. I usually write down the addresses of as many as I can before I am going somewhere, and I hit a couple of them like I mentioned. I’m going to have to make a new list for next time! I’m going to list only ones in Montana, since that’s where I antique the most.
2699 US Highway 93 Kalispell
This is actually a used furniture store. It’s a pretty good one though! I’ve never bought anything here, but it’s reasonably priced and has a good variety of furniture.
3167 U.S. Highway 93
This is a pretty big one too. The big ones are usually my favourite…way better chance of something being there! I got a big sort of headlight-looking light here that looks like it used to be on a boat or something. It’s really cool…but I still haven’t found the perfect place for it in my house yet! I also got some old milk bottle caps that I’ve been meaning to frame in rows for the guest room.
Back in Time
605 Nucleus Avenue
This is sort of a ’70s-style antique place. I got two metal locker bins here that I was pretty excited about. The ones that are on my living room shelf.
Pony Circus Antiques
527 Nucleus Avenue
I’ve never actually been in this one! Lol! It’s only by appt., and we’ve never gone there during a time I could call and set one up. I’ve creeped in the windows though, and it looks like it’s worth a visit for sure.
38 Highway 2 East
My love for Station 8 has been stated many times before! I’ve gotten a few gems here. My bowling pin, and old wooden boat propeller for Van’s room, a big tall metal tin bucket for all of the kids tall toys that’s in the basement, a white metal high chair with a 3 on it, (the one by my garage door), and a few other things…I can’t remember! Oh, an ornate frame that’s in Baker’s room. And some red kids’ skis in Van’s room. And an old camera and tape measure.
Iron Horse Art Gallery
205 2nd Avenue East
I didn’t think I was going to like a single thing in this store, and it’s where I ended up finding my cream/white china that’s on my shelf in my dining nook! For 50% off too! I also got a 100 year-old light bulb. It’s weird, but I love it. It’s in the basement…and I left an old rubber stamp holder there that I KNEW I should have bought. The one that got away! :) Would have been perfect to stuff scrapbooking supplies in.
Montana West Antique Mall
323 10th Ave S
This place has only been on 10th ave for about two months, so it was my first time there. It was pretty big, which was good, and right on 10th ave, so it was handy. This is where I found Van’s Boot Saver (below). I was so excited it said Van on it!!! They were asking $38, I offered them $25, they came back with $28 and I said sold! Then I told him I had a son named Van and that I would have paid $50 for it!! Lol…he gave me a big belly laugh back. :) Isn’t it the best ever?? Not sure what I’ll hang on it yet, but obviously SOMETHING! I also got one of those metal piggy bank globes there for $15. It’s a pretty big one. And I got a sugar sack that says U and Me Sugar on it. Not sure what I’ll do with that either yet…prob frame it or something. I thought the phrase on it was super cute .
There’s quite a few little stores downtown Great Falls that I’ve been to. And a couple more places in Great Falls I haven’t quite made it to yet, but seriously, The Barn and Station 8 are the only ones that I don’t EVER not go to. Antiquing is just so hit and miss. You might find your most favourite thing in all the land in the most randomest sick ugly store ever…and it takes a lot of effort too!! You have to be dedicated to always taking the time to find the store, and pop in and give it a quick once over. It’s not always fun. Usually the kids are screaming…and using 100-year-old stuff as weapons, but hey, it’s all worth it to me!!