Words by Collette DiJohn Kemper
Photography by Jodi Bodtke
Fans of one-of-a-kind home goods agree the hunt knows no season. Fortunately, the lakeshore remains a vibrant destination for designers, collectors, and DIY-ers throughout the year.
Find our most treasure-full shops, hours, and a handy map in this curated vintage & antique shopping guide. Listed in an easy loop that begins ten minutes from downtown New Buffalo, the collections are as diverse as the wonderful people who present them.
Trilogy Antiques & Design
‘Historical esoterica’ styled by a select group of dealers with a shared appreciation for unique forms. Primitive, modern, architectural, and Americana all get equal play here, making for inspired contrasts as you browse.
Mecca for textile fans, Mazet is home to a beautiful collection of antique Persian and Turkish rugs, embroidery, and upholstery. Owner Suzanne Frahm’s original pillow designs are a particular draw, in addition to vintage art, furniture, and objects.
An elegant collection of French and English antiques with a focus on dining and kitchenware. Your search for rustic vintage cutting boards and patina’d copper cookware ends here.
Poppy Hill Vintage
A vast collection of vintage Americana — everything from classic vinyl to cottage furnishings — styled with warmth and humor. A picker’s paradise where the hard part’s been done for you.
Chicago’s famed Randolph Street Market decamps to the other side of the lake. Promising to bring all the food, music, and fun of the city experience, shop a huge selection of vintage clothing, furnishing, art, and collectibles on the former grounds of Blue Moon Vintage Market. $4 in advance. $5 at the door.
Designer Stacia Garriott Kass presents an effortless mix of vintage and contemporary handcrafts in her Michigan shop. A destination for design fans, the ceramic collection alone is reason to visit.
Judith Racht Gallery
Gallerist Judith Racht describes her collection as contemporary and folk art, midcentury modern furniture, and objects of interest. Explore fine art curated with humble, frequently unexpected objects that demonstrate ‘good is good’ — Racht’s characteristically unpretentious maxim.
Housed in a cleverly repurposed bank building, find beautiful, rare, often curious examples of vintage and antique art and design. Owner Brandon Nelson culls premier estates and markets to present a collection with a signature look and impressive following.
Take your time browsing a diverse collection of furnishings, art, and collectibles at this expansive antique mall comprised of three separate buildings. From pristine pieces to fixer-uppers, there’s something at every price point and time period.
Friday & Monday 11-5 | Saturday & Sunday 11-6
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A little jewel box of a cottage beautifully styled by former Barney’s visual director Ariane Prewitt. If KonMari had a retail manifestation, AP would be it. (Only things that bring joy.) Find antique textiles, ceramics, and home goods.
Shops are listed in an easy loop that begins 10 minutes from downtown New Buffalo.