Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford’s Vintage and Resale Scene

Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford’s Vintage and Resale Scene

The Awesome Mitten-[Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford's Vintage and Resale Scene]
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If you’ve ever found yourself in the throes of decorating a new home, you may understand the struggle it takes to pull a room together while avoiding that whole “I bought everything off the showroom floor” look. Currently faced with this conundrum myself, I’ve gotten the itch to seek out local consignment and resale shops for vintage decor and re-purposing ideas. Metro Detroit is chalk-full of these awesome establishments–and a great place to start is the adorably-historic village of Milford.

The Awesome Mitten-[Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford's Vintage and Resale Scene]
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For Decorating Advice & Local Salvaged Gems: Your Nesting Place Home Furnishings

Located on the corner of Huron and Main, Your Nesting Place recently made the move to acquire a large building just outside of Milford’s downtown area. Filled with a mix of new, high-end furniture and one-of-a-kind, refurbished finds from local pickers, this fun store offers quality flooring options and out-of-the-box interior design consultations. The Aubergine Gallery, nestled in the back of the building, also contributes to a “store within a store” atmosphere with its collection of artwork, jewelry, and more from local Michigan artists.

The Awesome Mitten-[Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford's Vintage and Resale Scene]
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For Timeless Antiques & Repurposed Treasures: Home Again Decor

If you’re the type of person who loves collecting family heirlooms and listening to Grandpa’s old stories, Home Again Decor is the place for you. WIth its combination of miscellaneous antique furniture, vintage china, and modern but crafty wall art, Home Again hits the nail on the head when it comes to “feels like home” style. Boutique-type items like scarves, handmade jewelry, and vintage purses (it’s not uncommon to find two or three Coach bags!) also round out the selection, providing variety for the girl who loves fashion (and a good deal).

The Awesome Mitten-[Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford's Vintage and Resale Scene]
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For The Thrifting Pro: Our Blessings Consignment

Walking through the front door of Our Blessings is like walking into a maze. There are paths constructed by walls of large, wooden furniture, and the only way to find your way through is to start walking. This packed-to-the-brim setup, however, is actually kind of intriguing. The huge, 8,000 square-foot store houses all kinds of classic desks, shelves, china cabinets, you name it. In the front left section, you’ve got your random housewares, while on the right, you’ve got a china set fit for a princess. And if you keep walking, you’ll find that somehow, the aisles have been set up to funnel you through a pre-set path (kind of IKEA-inspired, but with an eventual dead-end). Loop back around and make sure you don’t miss the back half of the store (it goes on for days!), where you’ll transport from furniture to clothing. Jackets, bags (albeit, plenty of knock-offs), and shoes await–and it’s evident to the large crowd of thrifters you’ll find there. Overall, while the home furnishing offerings are great, it’s clear that the bread and butter of this operation are in the discount clothing deals.

The Awesome Mitten-[Southerner Meets Michigan: Milford's Vintage and Resale Scene]
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowman

Did I miss any? Share your favorite Michigan vintage/consignment/antique/resale stores below and let me know which ones I should visit next!

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I’m Jennifer, a native Virginian trying her hand at living the Michigan life. I moved to the mitten with my husband in 2011, and since then, have been busy exploring the state and looking for the best of what it has to offer. So far, I have no complaints—except maybe that whole “longer winter” thing. But, hey—even that just gives me an excuse to buy more sweaters. When I’m not searching for new places or immersing myself in media news (I’m an advertising junkie), I’m usually writing stories for my blog, Wading in Big Shoes. I love connecting with new people, so feel free to find me there or at my Twitter handle, @JHBowman. In the meantime, I’ll see you around the mitten!