One of my favorite things about Michigan is that you can always uncover something new about our rich history. You can do this through a traditional route, such as reading up on Michigan history. However, there’s another, infinitely more exciting approach you can take: antiquing. With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to go antiquing. Throughout the past few weeks, I visited a bunch of spectacular mid-Michigan antique shops. Read on to see what I discovered:
In the middle of the historic downtown of Grand Ledge is The Salvage Yard Antiques. Its two floors compose the perfect size store for a brief jaunt in Grand Ledge, with neatly organized shelves stocked healthily with great treasures.
Of all the antique shops on this list, the Lake Odessa Antique Mall is certainly the tallest. With three floors full of knickknacks and useful items, this antique mall boasts more than a hundred booths. A pleasant surprise at this mall was that many of the booths have free candy in vintage bowls. Moreover, when I visited, they had a selection of pastries, cider, and popcorn to munch on as customers browsed.
If you’re going to the Lake Odessa Antique Mall, you should also visit Bonanza Antiques. Bonanza is right next to the Antique Mall, and its two floors have seventy intriguing booths. Altogether, it gives off a cohesive, eclectic character that you can feel the moment you step inside.
Located along Old US 27 in Lansing is the Mega Mall, a 40,000-square foot heaven of every antique you could possibly imagine. They have more than 400 booths to browse, all of them having a wide variety of antiques that span from Pyrex dishes to giant chicken statues to vintage Hot Wheels cars. I recommend visiting the Mega Mall with a friend so that you can cover more ground.
A pleasant and unexpected antique shop I came across in my travels is the Little Red Schoolhouse off of Saginaw Highway in Lansing. This store specializes in furniture, fancy dishes, and adorable trinkets. Additionally, the size of their store isn’t very overwhelming for a casual shopper.
My first impression of the Mason Antiques District was one of awe. There are several (about ten) shops that the antique district makes up, and in the middle of them all is a gazebo. It feels as if you’re standing in a miniature village, and the effect is rather charming. My only reservation about it is that the antiques you can find in the varying shops aren’t well-organized. Despite this, you can still find hidden treasures.
On my various jaunts to Williamston, I always noticed Red Cedar Antiques but I never had the opportunity to go inside. When I finally visited, I was blown away by how many rooms there were inside this seemingly small building. There’s more than thirty or forty individual rooms, all of which have a different, distinguished personality. You can spend hours just finding your way through this mini antique mall.
Though their selection is not as big as others on this list, I recommend Sign of the Pineapple simply for their postcard collection. This modest-sized shop has an amazing collection which amasses hundreds of cards, which combined span dozens of topics and locations across the world.
Are there any other antique havens around the state that we should know about? Let us know in the comments.