Florence, Oregonis an excellent destination for coastal antiques and vintage thrifting. The treasure hunting begins along Highway 101 where a collection of vintage shops comprise an informal gateway to "Florence's Antique District". Many more vintage shops are tucked on side streets throughout Historic Old Town Florence. Expect to find glass floats and mari-time objects among collections of glassware, jewelry, tools, toys, vintage clothing and antique furniture. An exciting twist on Florence's antique scene are art galleries where some local artists have cleverly re-purposed commonly discarded items, transforming them into spectacular works of art. Below are some thrifting highlights.
A circa 1910 historic rooming house on Maple Street is now a consignment shop. Squeeze between aisles of collectables and discover pristine cast iron skillets and pots, vintage signs, 50s era dish ware and 70s era toys. From red Flyer wagons to garden pots to solid furniture pieces, this store has a lot of everything. In fact, much of it is stacked ceiling high, in large bins and overflowing from the walls and counter tops. It is easy to loose track of time here.
The Captain's Lady
Just down the block in the 1900s former telephone company, The Captain's Lady sells jewelry, vintage items and books. While not entirely a thrift store, it is great for rummaging for gifts among a mix of quirky new and resale finds.
Purple Pelican Antique Mall
Right on Highway 101 this tidy antique mall showcases multiple dealers and is a true collector's "go-to". The impressive collection includes furniture, china, toys, tools, records and linens. This is a one-stop shop for anything and everything vintage. With a friendly atmosphere and charming displays, expect to be enthralled here for awhile.
Treasure Bay - Gifts & Collectibles
Come here for the exquisite locally-crafted opal jewelry and find other delightful must-haves. Thoughtfully selected antiques make this a good bet on any vintage seeker's list.
Florence Area Humane Society Thrift Shop
Across from the River House Inn is a rambling house converted into a thrift shop stocked with clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, books and more. Purchases help support local pets and often these sweet rescue pets are guests for the day inside the shop. Make friends and find some treasures!
Also mark your calendar for September when over forty residents and churches participate in Florence's annual community-wide yard sale.