Cross the threshold of any of the antique shops of historic seaside Anacortes and feast your eyes upon colorful treasures assembled through a combined collector experience of more than 100 years. Presiding over the numerous antique shops scattered along the city’s Commercial Avenue are at least four business people with 20-30 years of expertise. From estate collectibles and Northwest nostalgia items to European and turn-of-the-century American furniture, this city presents fascinating opportunities for those whose passion is Pacific Northwest antiquing.
In Bud and Karen Lewis’ Home Sweet Home shop on the south end of town, antiquers will be delighted to discover a myriad of nautical theme items including rare hand-blown glass buoys and floats from Japanese commercial fishing boats.
At the north end of Commercial Avenue in Old Town Anacortes, Lea Mayberry’s Alley Cat Antiques feature the combined treasures of dozens of collectors invested in a mall/consignment configuration designed to satisfy the appetite of virtually any customer.
Anacortes Marine Supply and Hardware is a third generation family business renowned as one of the oldest continuous operating marine chandlery on the West Coast. And don’t forget shops such as Smuggler’s Cove Antiques, and the twice-a-year Vintage & Antique Market at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center.
As Lewis points out, Anacortes antique dealers have been working cooperatively for many years to establish this city’s well-deserved place on the Northwest Antiquers’ map. Whether you are a “100 years minimum” shopper or a designer pursuing the latest shabby chic trend, Anacortes is a four-star destination for Northwest antiquing.
From French wall clock to Scottish armoire, turn-of-the-century clothing to post-WWII glassware, Anacortes antique shops have a tantalizing menu of inventory. “Furnish” your outdoor garden or decorate your home office; surprise your guests as they enter a kitchen/dining area with a distinct Pacific Northwest flavor; impress your spouse with a unique memorabilia item guaranteed to inspire memories of a special time in Anacortes.
“Our customers reap the benefits of the combined knowledge and contacts of established antique businesses,” said Lewis. “Hard-earned expertise and attention to the expressed desires of our customers have made the difference for Anacortes antique stores that have been able to keep their doors open despite economic challenges. Whether it’s the couple making Anacortes a regular stop, or the family pulling over for a single shopping experience before running to the ferry, we take pride in offering an antiquing experience they won’t forget.”
originally written September 2011, edited January 2017