Fast Track to NOCO’s Antiques
Valuable, aesthetically pleasing something that possesses rare beauty are just a few reasons people spend time at the local antique markets in Northern Colorado. Whether you’re seeking furniture or props for the community theater play, the treasure is many. To make it easier on our beloved followers, we put together information to help you with your search for artifacts and a way to find gems in our region. Here is your fast track to Antique Shops and the ultimate guide to antique shopping in NOCO.
“I sell memories” ~ Kay Dykes of Canyon Collectibles
Canyon Collectibles, Loveland Colorado–at 213 East 4th Street in downtown Loveland, Colorado (Next door to C3). Kay first opened her antique mall 29-years ago after moving from Coffeeville, Kansas and marrying her husband. Her business, Canyon Collectibles, survived the “Big Flood” to the pandemic and last year’s fires. You will find a wonderful assortment from many vendors such as old dishes to toys and some modern-day fishing equipment. Mrs. Dykes gave some interesting feedback for those looking to start their own antique shop, where she says many folks come to furnish their mountain homes. The younger generation is buying up the retro-styles that flood her store, giving a nostalgic spin on their downtown apartments and condominiums.
“If you enjoy bringing a smile to people after seeing something from their past, and aren’t looking to get rich quick, then you will love being an antique dealer.” ~ K. Dykes
Hypmodic Vintage, Fort Collins, Colorado–Another place to invest in your home’s theme would be at this FOCO location. Retro lamps, statues and designer dinnerware will catch your eye in nearly every corner. For those who like ‘Eclectic’ style interior design, must visit this cool shop. Contemporary products are plentiful where finding just that one piece creates a conversation for any home. Not to mention, seeing the look on someone’s face when they locate that particular piece must be absolutely delightful!
“Our shop stayed open during the pandemic. Although we wore masks, it kept those of us in a cheerful mood because we had each other.”
The French Corner Shop, Eaton, Colorado–This store is worth the drive with many products falling into the trendy category of ‘Urban Farm.’ There is an excellent selection of chandeliers, vintage mailboxes, and some of the most heart-warming gadgets in Northern Colorado. Not only are there plenty of dynamic home relics, but the customer service superior with a knowledgeable staff. To piggy back off what Kay mentions, its a pleasure to shop in a cheerful atmosphere no matter how difficult life seems.
“Sometimes customers will come in and look around for hours taking a walk down memory lane.”
The Lincoln Park Emporium in Downtown Greeley, Colorado– A brick and mortar location with two levels of mixed and matched collectibles, antiques and kitchenwares, will keep you smiling for hours. Explore a variety of colored glass, classic music on wax and tape, and so much more. There are some interesting kitchen utensils like old cheese graters and wooden spoons from ‘Days gone by,’ making wonderful gifts for the chef in your life. Not to mention, finding the perfect vase for your living room is easy in the department store where you can buy everything on display. If you’re into photography and would like to add focal points to your frame, this is ideal with the hundreds of gadgets spread about through the shop. This is a wonderful store and one that makes recycling even more fun.
“A local potter creates some of the most wonderful pieces,”
Thistle, Wellington, Colorado–If you’re into boutique shops, Thistle has something for everyone. Looking for comedic, adult style gifts, they have yesteryear items to keep any recipient laughing. Many of the products sold are from local artisans where the store helps support small business of all type. Although some products look ‘Antique-ish’ many are newer with a classical flair quintessential to dressing up any room or office. Wellington, Colorado is a welcoming and newer community and delightful for a visit to one of their well known retail outlets in NOCO.
“Refinishing furniture is one of the best things we do,”
Memory Lane, Windsor Colorado– Kay hits the nail on the head when she talks about refinishing. Many of today’s businesses have become innovative using repurposing techniques including patina finishes. Memory Lane in Windsor provides similar service with china cabinets, bookcases and tea sets which are just a few lucky finds. If you need inspiration for the home office, take a ride over to this cool place where you can find everything from roll tops to davenports. In addition, they offer handcrafted soaps, candles and gluten-free caramels. If you’re a fan of brie, we recommend trying one of their baked toppings that are delicious. They sell consignment heirlooms in lightning speed, where you will want to make a bid or buy ASAP. Be sure to visit them next time you stop into the city across the way.
“We have a couple who stop in from Florida every year on their way to the Estes Park Cabin to see what is new. They are like family.” ~ Kay Dykes from Canyon Collectibles
Jen’s Antique Mall, Ault Colorado–The perfect atmosphere with items from the Old West to collectible tableware and another hot spot for antiquing. This store is quaint and filled with unique findings. The shop is just a short ride over from FOCO or Loveland where your imagination can run rapid with design ideas.
“I loved spending time at my grandmother’s farm in Kansas. She had an entire collection of dishes she got from the oatmeal box, which inspired me to become a dish collector.”
Lone Tree Antiques & Fine Art, Eaton, Colorado– Inspiration is right at your fingertips with this fine arts museum-style storefront. You will find the photos and paintings of indigenous people along with pieces of turquoise jewelry taking you back in time to the Old West. Ancient artifacts worthy of any home bring a Southwest flair. If you’re in love with history, make a house call to the consignment spot where they will fill your home full of . Be sure to speak with the owners, who are very knowledgeable with the hand-crafted items they carry.
“We find our items at auctions, estate sales, and other shops. People rarely bring things in so we have to buy them in other places, like when someone is downsizing their home.”
Rocky Mountain Antiques, Loveland, Colorado–Are you looking for a store that carries items that are ideal for your game room, man or woman cave? Perhaps you have an outdoor bar you’d like to furnish with beer steins or neon signs? Inside, you’ll see a variety of old tools, collectible toys, and grade-school lunch boxes making some cool conversation pieces. They carry just about everything imaginable, from WWII military artifacts to Native American pottery and jewelry to top off your latest wardrobe. Kay points out her quest for buying items from estate sales and other antique shops which is most likely the case at Rocky Mountain Antiques bringing a delightful way of adding to your home decor. Plan on being there for a at least an hour so you don’t miss one thing.
“In Loveland, we are big into shopping locally and supporting each other.”
Loveland Habitat for Humanity Restore, Loveland, Colorado–Ya never know what you will find at Loveland’s Habitat for Humanity Restore. However, shopping at this location bares a significant difference as they raise funds for my favorite non-profit. Donations and volunteers provide a wonderful experience giving recipients of their homeownership program a brighter future. The best part is you’ll be helping a deserving family get into their first home. From vintage to modern day items, building a stronger community means supporting one another. Be sure to visit and donate if you can.
“With antiques, you are always on the hunt.”
As Kay points out, you are always on the hunt when you’re into antiques. We hope the 10-antique stores listed here and Kay’s incredible insight inspires you to get out and support the locals in our region. Perhaps you will find relics to add to your family heirloom or furnishings for your next home or cabin. In the meantime, drop us a line with any further recommendations. We always love to hear from you.
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