Over the last few years I've discovered a handful of great antique shops in cottage country. The recipe for the perfect shop is is location (like a barn or run down warehouse), clutteredness (there must be a thrill of finding things"), assortment of items (because each visit is different) and also - the friendliness of the owners. That for me, makes a great shop. Going into a well staged store just isn't the same. So here are what I consider to be the best 4 spots to find cool finds in cottage country this Summer.
1. Argyle Antiques
See my last post on them here) In an old barn, it is stuffed with a treasure trove of fun things - and at great prices. I'd recommend popping in if you're looking for furniture - I always spot wood pieces I wish I could take home to refinish or paint. I think it's only open weekends, but if you can stop in I really recommend it. If you want to recreate our "road trip" be sure to stop in at the baker/shop across the road and pick up a butter tart. We always get one to share amongst the passengers in the car. Ps. Have to mention that the owner is really, really nice. Love this spot!
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2. Gull River Co. Warehouse
The first one is at the corner of Highway 48 and 35, right as you enter Coboconk, Ontario. It's packed with fun finds. I picked up an old Crown Jar that has The T. Eaton Co. stamped on the back (more on that later). The owner was so fun to talk to, as he told me stories about the history of the jars. I spotted a ton of furniture that I wanted but our small little car couldn't carry it - and us home. I'd go here if you'd like to find some furniture to paint.
3. Gull River Co. 3 Antiques
Gull River Co. 3 Antiques (The three possibly a nod to the fact that they previously had three shops) It has expanded since last summer, taking over an additional warehouse space. I picked up a ton of stuff from them. This is where I pick up wood boxes, and this year some beautiful pottery.
4. Red Rock Antiques
Fenlon Falls, Ontario
My new find and favourite shop is Red Rock Antiques just outside of Fenlon Falls, Ontario. In love with Teak furniture? You MUST go here. They have an additional barn full of the most beautiful teak sets. I fell in love with a pin ball machine - and I kid you not when I say it almost came home with us. I picked up an old crown jar from 1940 that I adore. The prices aren't as inexpensive as the previous three shops that I listed, but they are most definitely fair and better than you would find in the city. A wild assortment of furniture, accessories, and books. Love! Website: Red Rock Antiques
There you have it, My favourite four spots from Summer 2012.