Antique shopping is my fan fave way to spend a free Saturday in Great Falls Montana. I love poking through stacks and shelves of knick-knacks to find the perfect treasure to add to my unique design style. Check out these 4 places I routinely use to decorate my home, office, and wardrobe.
Located in what used to be the Beckman’s Department Store, Feather Your Nest carries on the building’s legacy of elegance and adds a new age charm. The staff at Feather Your Nest actively play with an era mixing aesthetic that showcases modern pieces alongside vintage items. The result is a store that is diverse, fun to shop in, and easy to fall in love with. I am obsessed with musing through their hat collection, even if none of them fit my extra-large head. The fabrics, designs, and styles on display at Feather Your Nest transport me to the middle of the 20th century, I always leave feeling a little more fabulous. Prepared to be dazzled by their collection of vintage women’s clothing from the 1940s-1970s, various types of tea set china, and handcrafted jewelry. Make sure to save room for a bite to eat and a coffee at their newly installed ultra-chic bistro.
Central Avenue Antiques helps me live my big city dreams right here in Great Falls. Their collection is superb, and both owners’ expertise palpably creates a trendy vibe. A dizzying selection of glassware available in every color of the mid-century modern rainbow is the easiest way to spend an hour shopping. Central Avenue Antiques specializes in purchasing glass produced in three areas of the world: Italy, West Virginia and Japan. Their Montana studio pottery display boasts wares produced during the 1970s and ’80s. My personal favorite element of this dual location store is their lamp collection. Predominantly, the lamps they sell were made in the 1960s and ’70s and have been restored by the owner to the best condition possible. Elegant bar ware, sterling silver jewelry and over 1,000 pairs of unique salt and pepper shakers round out the reasons why I cannot get enough of Central Avenue Antiques.
The Barn Vintage Treasures is exactly as magical as it sounds, a literal red barn loaded floor to ceiling with collectibles. The Barn is simultaneously charming and chaotic which provides for a lively hunt through the two-story barn house. The Barn features vignettes from 9 antique dealers throughout the store, each vending a signature design style. The Barn is my go-to shop for rustic housewares, shabby-chic furnishings and bohemian chachkis. They have an extensive collection of aged doors and windows and metal hardware. Even if I am not in need of a specific something I still enjoy a Saturday meander through The Barn.
Now and Then Antiques is a cozy and inviting jack-of-all-trades store that set up shop in a remodeled residential home. Their collection is varied, pulling from design elements commonly found in Montana households. They showcase aged furniture made of dark woods, such as an 1890s China buffet. Now and Then carries vintage fishing items, cast iron ware, tobacco tins and miniature figurines. They offer a notable selection of antique advertising signs. My guilty pleasure is poking through their beer and spirits memorabilia and day dreaming about my future mancave motifs. If you’re looking for a unique coffee table item or something new for your display shelf, Now and Then is the kitschy cute store to try.
These four shops are my favorite in town, but more information about the antique shopping options available in Great Falls can be found at www.antiquemalls.com/mt/great-falls. Spend a day searching through treasures of time gone past in Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure.