There are so many great antique and vintage shops within the Twin Cities that you could spend an entire weekend exploring just those. For that reason, we decided to stick to shops outside of the cities for this trip. It's about 5 hours of driving and would be ideal to start bright and early on a Saturday morning.
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1. K & J Antiques - Sleepy Eye
Starting at the southern end of our route, your stop at K & J Antiques in the sleepy town of Sleepy Eye is sure to delight. As you browse the rows and racks of treasures, keep in mind this shop's specialties. According to their website, they specialize in furniture, glassware, and interesting collectibles.
Address: 115 Main Street East, Sleepy Eye.
2. Antiques to Go - Hutchinson
About an hour up the road is the city of Hutchinson. To get there, you'll pass through New Ulm, which has a few antique stores of its own. If you feel like stretching your trip out a bit, Antiques Plus would be a great stop.
But if you choose to go straight to Hutchinson, you'll be greeted by a huge antique store called Antiques to Go. This place has vintage treasures on just about every surface. Whether you love old furniture or quirky trinkets, you'll find it here. Address: 934 MN-15, Hutchinson.
Lunch stop: Hutch Cafe - Hutchinson
By lunch time, all that antiquing will probably have worked up an appetite. Luckily, Hutchinson has more than a few great restaurants to choose from. If you're looking for something homey, your best bet is the Hutch Cafe in downtown Hutchinson. Their menu is full of diner classes, such as sandwiches and breakfast foods.
Address: 122 Main Street South, Hutchinson.
3. Buffalo Nickel Antiques - Buffalo
After lunch, head on up the road to the small town of Buffalo. This town is home to one of Minnesota's most celebrated antique stores: Buffalo Nickel Antiques, a sprawling antique store housed in an old barn. This store is a treasure trove of antique goodies, from rustic furniture to vintage collectibles. Plan to spend a few hours here - there's
that much to see. Address: 1004 3rd Street South, Buffalo.
Overnight Stop: Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast
After your first day of antiquing, you'll probably be pretty tired. We recommend continuing up the road just a few more miles until you get to Anoka. This town is home to the Ticknor Hill, an adorable bed & breakfast housed in a historic mansion. Every suite is lovely, and the next morning's breakfast will be just what you need to start your second day of shopping.
Address: 1625 3rd Avenue, Anoka.
4. The Big White House - Anoka
After your night at Ticknor Hill, you'll be ready to head off for another day of antiquing. Anoka has several great antique stores, and all are worth a visit if you aren't in a hurry. But if you're crunched on time, our Anoka pick is the Big White House.
This antique store certainly lives up to its name. The Big White House is filled to the brim, with antique goodies filling every nook and cranny. They specialize in furniture, historical memorabilia, coins, and collectibles.
Address: 1900 South 3rd Avenue, Anoka.
5. Bumbledee's - St. Cloud
About 50 miles from the Big White House, St. Cloud's downtown is home to another great antique store. Bumbledee's is a personal favorite, and when you step inside you'll know why. The store houses several different sections, each filled with an incredible amount of antiques. Bumbledee's does have furniture, but the antique knickknacks, jewelry, and collectibles are the real draw here.
Address: 711 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud.
Lunch stop: Brigitte's Cafe
It's lunch time! Just like Hutchinson, St. Cloud has dozens of places to dine. But a local favorite is Brigitte's Cafe, a spot known for its amazing breakfasts, which they serve all day. If breakfast isn't your thing, the rest of the large menu is also great.
Address: 42 32nd Avenue South, St. Cloud.
6. Vintage Market 101 - St. Joseph
After lunch, your next stop is just a short drive away in the nearby town of St. Joseph. Vintage Market 101 is housed in an historic 160-year-old building, the perfect backdrop for your day of antiquing. The shop is full of treasures, and it is especially known for its incredible furniture collection.
Address: 27 West Minnesota Street, St. Joseph.
7. Yesterdays - Alexandria
The next store on our antique journey is in Alexandria, about 60 miles northwest. Yesterdays holds over 5,000 square feet of antique treasures, making it the perfect spot to end your antique weekend. Here, you'll find one-of-a-kind vintage and antique items to adorn your home. That is, if you still have room in your car after two days of antiquing!
Address: 517 Broadway Street, Alexandria.