Ann Arbor has always been known as a place that perfectly mixes old and new. When you walk down any of our quiet streets, you’ll be greeted by both grand historic buildings and contemporary homes. We’re also home to a range of decades-old independent businesses as well as a thriving entrepreneurial scene. Plus, our incredible residents are always finding new ways to do things while keeping A2’s classic creative spirit alive.
So it’s no surprise to us that the Ann Arbor area is a national destination for antique and vintage lovers. Ann Arborites just have a knack for giving used objects a second life!
Today, we’re talking about some of our favorite antique and vintage stores in the area. On this list, you’ll find everything from small shops to massive antique malls—all of which offer a trove of hidden treasures for you to explore. Happy shopping!
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A2 Vintage is a Ypsilanti favorite for interesting clothes and home decor. This eclectic shop is owned by married couple and enthusiastic vintage lovers, Anne and Kelly Callison. Their goal is to preserve things from the past and transform them into practical, useful and “down right awesome” additions to your home. They take old, used materials—from vacuum cleaners to guitar cases and bicycles—and turn them into something unexpected like a light fixture or interesting furniture piece! And, if you’re on the hunt for vintage clothing and vinyl, they’ve got a great selection for you to browse as well.
With two locations in Ann Arbor, Arcadian Antiques is a place you’ve probably heard of before. This popular vintage and antiquing destination has been family-owned and -operated since 1983. They specialize in vintage diamond engagement rings, but they also offer a wide range of antique home decor, accessories and other jewelry from the 1850s-1940s for you to shop. They regularly update their social media with brand new arrivals and finds so be sure to follow them to see what’s new every day!
Located in Depot Town, this quirky antique shop specializes in furniture, vintage decor, handmade crafts and so much more! Here, you’ll be able to explore everything from 1930s home decor pieces to locally made pottery. Follow them on Facebook to keep track of new items and special sales!
Bowerbird Mongo might just be the weirdest—and coolest—shop in Ypsilanti, and that’s saying something! Home to everything from antique furniture and classic paintings to quirky statues and even to framed insects, a visit to Bowerbird Mongo is always a wild ride. But perhaps the most unusual thing about this amazing shop is their hours. They are only open on the first Friday and Saturday of every month or by appointment. Due to COVID-19, their schedule can change monthly, so we recommend visiting them on Facebook to find out their current hours.
You aren’t an official Michigan antiquer if you haven’t visited one of the best antique malls in the state! With over 40 dealers, the Chelsea Antique Mall is sure to have a little something for everyone. They sell everything under the sun, including antique furniture, home goods and decor, coins, vintage jewelry and clothing, and so much more.
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Ann Arbor’s Dear Golden is a curated vintage shop that sells hand-selected vintage garments from the 1910s to the 1980s. In addition to a wide array of unique, good-quality clothing, Dear Golden also offers skin care products, accessories, local gifts and more in their Instagram-worthy storefront on Fourth Avenue. And, if you aren’t up for in-person shopping, they also have a thriving Etsy store, where you can order curated vintage clothing and have it shipped directly to your door.
We can’t think of two store concepts that go better together than vintage clothing and vinyl records—so it’s no wonder that Finders Keepers in Plymouth is so popular! This shop officially opened in 2011 with a vision to house all the treasures that were discarded by one and found by another. Today, it is home to anything and everything you can imagine, including eclectic vintage clothing, interesting wall art, quirky knick-knacks, and plenty of hard-to-find vinyl and CDs.
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Perfectly merging vintage and modern, Found offers a mix of home decor, pillows, rugs, textiles, candles, jewelry and gifts. And many of those goods are made right here in Michigan by local artisans! An ever-changing assortment of retro and vintage industrial finds, such as old typewriters, vintage chairs, old doorknobs and more, makes this an exciting place to visit. Their brick and mortar location is in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district, but you can take a peek at their new arrivals on their Instagram page.
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The Getup has been a fixture in the Ann Arbor landscape since 2010, when owners Kelly and Paul McLeod relocated their tiny attic shop to a larger storefront downstairs. In 2015, they passed the torch to their longtime employees, Lindsey Leyland and Kaylan Mitchell. Bright purple and blue and packed full of ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s nostalgia, The Getup Vintage sells refurbished vintage clothing, which they buy, clean and restore in an effort to reduce textile waste. Click here to explore their website (which usually includes a beautifully curated seasonal lookbook) and to shop their stock on Etsy!
When we think of a classic Ann Arbor antique shop, the first one that springs to mind is Gibbons, a tiny time machine located on Plymouth Road. This shop is home to possibly the world’s largest selection of buttons along with extremely rare antiques, old poster art, antique bicycles and more.
Located in Historic Depot Town, Jim MacDonald’s Antiques & Apple Annie’s Vintage has been in business since 1978. They offer a unique blend of art, quilts, vintage clothing, knick-knacks and so much more. Books, interesting jewelry, wall decor, furniture—you name it, they probably have it — and a story to go with it.
Located in a massive 15,000-square-foot 1920s Art Deco building, Materials Unlimited in Ypsilanti is a full-service antiques restoration facility offering three floors of antique lighting, hardware, home decor, windows, doors, furniture and so much more. They specialize in creative new uses for salvaged antiques, like repurposing salvage doors into front bars, transforming church altars into bathroom vanities, and they’ve even turned beveled glass windows into headboards! Click here to explore their inventory of over 3,000 vintage and antique items or here to take a virtual tour of their incredible showroom before visiting.
Specializing in mid-century antiques and collectibles, Salt City Antiques offers a wide array of vintage clothing jewelry and accessories, most of which is restored and ready for a new home! While the majority of people visit Salt City Antiques for their affordable and well-maintained vintage furniture, you’ll also find smaller pieces like salt pepper shakers, kitchenware, decorations and more. Whether you’re looking to redecorate your home or just want to pick out a gift for a friend, you’ve found your Ypsilanti destination!
Schmidt’s Antiques’ story began in 1911 when original owner Neil Iver Schmidt began selling refurbished Victorian sofas from his upholstery shop window in Troy, NY. After finding success in New York with his father, Schmidt’s son, Alfred moved to the Detroit area around the end of WWI, opening an antique store there and working as an auctioneer. In 1938, Alfred and his wife, Blanche, moved the business to its present location in Ypsilanti. Today, Schmidt’s is known as a destination for antiques even older than the store itself—including incredible furniture, dishware, paintings, accessories and anything else you can imagine. Click here to shop their current stock.
For vintage and antique furniture and accessories with unique histories and stories, head to the Vintage Barn Boutique in Chelsea. Lovers of green and recycled items, they scour local estate sales and auctions for high-quality vintage items and then turn them into beautiful, like-new products you’ll love displaying around your home. And, if you want to learn how to upcycle like they do, they also offer DIY workshops at the store! Click here to see what classes are being offered this month.
Located right next to the Riverside Arts Center, this Ypsilanti hotspot is a must-visit for incredible vintage clothing and accessories. They make a point to carry clothing items for all body types, which means anyone and everyone can find something amazing at Ypsilantique! Follow them on Facebook for information on their current hours, sales and new items.
What about you?
Where is your favorite place to find hidden treasures in the Ann Arbor area? Let us know in the comments!