Fans of one-of-a-kind home goods agree the hunt knows no season — the drive to discover something unexpected blazes even in the chilliest months. Fortunately, the South Michigan Shore remains a vibrant destination for designers, collectors, and DIY-ers throughout the year.
Find unique objects that tell the story of your space with this curated winter shopping guide. Offerings amongst shops are as diverse as the wonderful people who collect them.
Shops are listed in an easy loop that begins 10 minutes from downtown New Buffalo.
Trilogy Antiques & Design
Browse ‘historical esoterica’ collected and styled by a select group of dealers with a shared appreciation for unique forms and stories. Primitive, modern, architectural, and Americana all get equal play here, producing inspired contrasts as you make your way through stalls.
Hancock + Hancock
Architect and designer John and Nina Hancock’s collection of primarily mid-century modern furniture, lighting, art, and objects discovered while on the hunt for client projects.
Saturday & Sunday, 11–5
beginning in March: Friday–Monday, 11–5
9 S Elm Street
Three Oaks, Michigan
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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 all things dining and culinary. 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.
Blue Moon Vintage Market
Over 6,000 square feet of inventively-styled vintage, primitive, architectural, and industrial finds sourced by pickers from across the country. A separate salvage room offers barn wood, doors, windows, shutters, light fixtures, hardware, and more.
A destination for handcrafts by some of the country’s most talented artisans and designers. Vintage finds and contemporary studio work blend seamlessly in this light, airy, beautifully merchandised space.
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 an impressive following among top designers.
The Plum Tree
Tucked into the woods off Red Arrow Hwy, this sweet little cottage is home to a collection of English farmhouse antiques, American primitive furnishings, and art. Owner Pat Rodeghier’s folk paintings are a particular delight.
Saturday & Sunday, 12–5
16337 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, Michigan
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Mix & Mingle
Designer Jason Whalen’s retail outpost reflects his eclectic aesthetic. Find a mix of modern, primitive, and traditional furnishings, contemporary art, and surprising one-of-a-kind accessories.
images by Jodi Bodtke and Jess Dant