The Weekend Tourist // Antiquing in Northeast

We all know Northeast is the art capital of the Minneapolis, but did you know there are more antique shops in this area that most neighborhoods? To be considered an “antique,” a piece must be 100 years old. But to be called “vintage,” or “collectible” it only has to be 20 years old. At these shops you’ll find something for your home’s renovation, a kitschy T-shirt to wear on the next Casual Friday, or that gift you’ve been struggling to locate. Most of these shops will have extended Sunday hours for Art-A-Whirl on May 20. Have fun shopping! 


1519 Central Ave. NE

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

Located in a quaint, 1904-Platteville limestone building originally built for the Imperial Tractor Factory, this two-story shop is run by a single owner who knows her merchandise well. Neatly categorized collections make browsing easy and enjoyable. Jewelry, watches, china, paper ephemera, furniture, prints and kitchenware abound. Two resident cats are the store’s official greeters. Special outdoor flea market and 20 percent off store purchases during Art-A-Whirl.


1330 Quincy St. NE 

Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

This store was the first of its kind when it opened more than 30 years ago. Salvaging interior architectural elements from buildings slated for demolition, they saved hundreds of built-in bookcases, turned wood columns and interior fixtures. If you’re renovating a house, this is a crucial stop. Sort through tons of antique light fixtures and glass globes, stained and leaded glass windows, wood and stone fireplace mantels, terra cotta building ornaments, antique garden art, religious artifacts, ironwork, plumbing, hardware, doors, doorknobs and locks.


1901 Grand St. NE

Thursday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tucked away on a residential street but behind a large industrial building, this antique shop is a wonderful surprise. Located in a former factory building with large windows, the 130,000-square-foot facility is full of furniture, lighting, architectural pieces and plenty of small collectibles.


158 13th Ave. NE

Tuesday–Friday, noon–7 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

This small, jam-packed store will celebrate its second year in business this July. Specializing in items from the 1940s–’90s, you’ll find an assortment of clothes, barware, purses, toys, belt buckles, video games, chotskies, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, oddities and kitsch. I picked up a cute Northwest Orient flight bag amidst the sea of treasures.


13 5th St. NE

Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m

Located in one of northeast Minneapolis’s great old commercial buildings, Melrose Antiques is an artfully arranged store brimming with furniture, jewelry, hats, clothing, textiles and plenty of collectibles for everyone.


507 1st Ave. NE

Tuesday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

A large store that deals exclusively in American antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries: milkglass and Mission light fixtures, free-standing and built-in furniture, old signs, porcelain bathroom fixtures, stained glass windows, Art Deco bars and a little of this and that.


2829 Johnson St. NE

Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Located in the northern part of Northeast Minneapolis, this shop has well-organized displays of jewelry, purses, clothing and accessories. It’s been so successful they opened a second store in South Minneapolis last summer. 

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