Antiques are a piece of the past, preserved in time and reminiscent of a simpler era.
They’re the newest craze, from rustic bedside tables to delicate fine china.
Collectors rejoice, as Detroit has a hotbed of unique antique and vintage-inspired stores that provide an authentic flea market-like shopping experience.
Enjoy this inside look at four shops in Detroit that feature vintage furniture, accessories, architectural salvage and much more!
The Detroit Mercantile Co.
Located in Eastern Market at 3434 Russell St., The Detroit Mercantile Co. sells a unique array of vintage and modern goods. “I like to think of it as nostalgic americana,” says Nellie Smydra, an employee of DMC.
The best part about the store is the guaranteed authenticity of the vintage items. Included with the product is the origin and description, based on research and area estimation.
With the interest surrounding the reopening of Stroh’s Brewery, DMC offers a unique collection of Stroh’s products and memorabilia.
Winter store hours through Jan. 15, are Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Market Antiques
You don’t have to wander too far to check out Eastern Market Antiques, which is located in the historic Eastern Market at 2530 Market St. Specializing in furniture, lighting, fine china, garden, retro items and much more, get lost in the three-story establishment and stumble upon hidden treasures.
Eastern Market Antiques is just how you picture an antique store: rustic and a little cluttered, but the more items the merrier, as they feature over 20 dealers ready to sell their wares.
Store hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Eldorado General Store
Take a trip to the heart of Corktown and check out Eldorado General Store, located at 1700 Michigan Ave. A self-proclaimed “paradise of lost treasure,” Eldorado is a well-curated vintage general store that sells vintage clothing, handcrafted accessories, talisman, household items and locally made goods.
The store is just more than a hidden treasure chest of vintage goods; they also host workshops for henna, floral, jewelry and styling.
Store hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 6:00 p.m., Saturday from noon – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 6:00 p.m.
Junque Shop Antiques
If you’re a collector of Detroit memorabilia, check out Junque (pronounced ‘Junk’) Shop Antiques, located at 7807 Michigan Ave. As purveyors of fine antiques, military collectibles, architectural salvage and much more, Junque Shop is overflowing with unique antique items.
The shop is as quirky as the employees are friendly, with excellent customer service and knowledge of their specially curated items.
Store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Collect Them All
Whether you’re an antique aficionado or a memorabilia maniac, check out some of the most authentic Detroit stores offering excellent customer service, knowledge of their products and an interesting array of vintage items.
Where do you shop for antiques in the Motor City? Let us know in the comments!