Aside from incredible hiking terrain, delicious donut options, and astounding views, Oregon is known as a great place for antiquing. Only about an hour away from the popular historic antiquing utopia that is the town of Aurora, our area has its own world of vintage wonders. From an antique maze in Corvallis, to a wacky downtown shop in Lebanon, our chunk of the valley is no exception to Oregon’s unique antiquing experience.
Beekman Place Antique Mall
Located off of Western Blvd., this somewhat hidden Corvallis gem is essentially a maze of antique wonders. Beekman houses antique furniture, toys, magazines, photos, tools, clothes, jewelry, and even an entire area filled with vintage Hawaiian shirts. Whether you’re looking for magazines from the 30s, jewelry from the 50s, or toys from the 80s, this antique stop has nearly everything an antiquer may desire. You may also find four dogs sleeping behind the front counter, which only adds to the store’s charm.
The Farm Antiques
This quirky find is located on Fern Rd. in Philomath, planted right on owners Beverly and Fritz Lonsway’s farm. With categories of antiques separated by rooms, it’s easy to make your way through The Farm Antiques to find what you’re looking for. Upon entering this quaint store, customers are greeted by the Lonsway’s range of vintage collectibles – china, vases, and posters displayed in antique hutches and cases. Next, customers can choose to visit The Kitchen Room, which houses kitchen antiques and includes vintage kitchen furniture, cookware, and dishes from the late 1800s through the 1950s. The Antique Furniture Room includes furniture ranging from old grandfather clocks and dining chairs to vintage hutches and lamps.
Albany Antique Mall
The Albany Antique Mall is a favorite of the historic downtown Albany area. With two floors of antique goodies, including one of the valley’s largest vintage clothing boutiques, it’s easy to get lost in the wonders this store has to offer. There are two floors split off by sections operated by different dealers, but the website’s map makes it simple to find what you’re looking for. Every corner is a different world of antiques, from vintage dresses and books to old kitchenware and board games.
The Albany Antique Mall also hosts and partakes in annual events that customers can join: a Ladies Night Out for women to gather and enjoy refreshments, win prizes, and admire antiques; a Crazy Sidewalk Sale for customers to look at and purchase items outside; Antiques in the Streets and Classic Car Show, which includes an opportunity for patrons to shop in downtown Albany with 50 street vendors, including a sidewalk sale from the Albany Antique Mall, and tour classic cars; and a Holiday Open House, in which the Mall turns into an old-fashioned Christmas wonderland and offers customers the chance to shop, have refreshments, and win prizes.
Also located in historic downtown Albany, Cronies is an antique emporium full of sweet vintage finds, including pictures, furniture, toys, clothes, and other old goodies. Cronies has been providing antique gems to Benton and Linn County for decades, with pieces from around the world that other American-based antique shops may not have.
Lavender and Lace, Etc.
Another historic downtown Albany antique store, Lavender and Lace is self-described as “an eclectic mix of uncommon things.” Not only does this place offer vintage clothing, ceiling décor, and furniture, but it is also known for its collection of bulk spices available for purchase. Lavender and Lace is full of quirky collectibles, and may be one of your most interesting stops on an antiquing venture through the valley.
This Lebanon shop located on Main St. houses multiple different vendors with varying styles, so antiquers are in for a range of items to admire – like mid-century living room chairs, Japanese rugs, and handmade jewelry. Hidden Treasures has many collectibles and somehow always manages to find the most unique items, including a vintage porta-potty and an Alice in Wonderland themed top hat with a working clock on the top.
By Cara Nixon