There is charm and enchantment in certain old things, things that take on a new life when they enter new hands. Special stores around the Whitefish Chain of Lakes are particularly good at capturing that charm and character and making it available to the public. Visit the area's unique antique stores to find your next piece of treasure. We're listing a few of the best spots below. Each of these stores not only caries unique and different items, but has its own unique and different character.
Located in Crosslake right on County Road 66 is Curious Belongings, a store that attracts the gaze of nearly everyone who passes it. Curious Belongings is home to antiques and interesting finds both inside and out. Outside you'll find wrought iron decorations, sculptures, outdoor furniture and plant holders. Inside is a kaleidoscope of glassware in all styles and colors, both new and old. As you meander through the tight aisles and hallways, you'll also find carpets, wall hangings and furniture.
In Pequot Lakes, just north of town off Patriot Avenue (formerly Hwy 371), is Castoffs. This unique store, marked by a bobber, contains both thrifty items and collectibles all displayed in charming and sometimes funny ways. Outside you'll see the "rusty garden," a cute display of rusty treasures, while inside be sure to peek in the old phone booth and "outhouse." A covered, non-heated outdoor area has furniture, craft materials and more, and continue through to the main building where you'll find dishes, coffee mugs, jewelry, old photographs, buttons, bottle caps and more.
Also located in Pequot Lakes, but off the main drag, is Northern Treasure. This secondhand and antique stores is located in an old church, and has lots of collectibles and interesting items. You'll find a good selection of cast iron, collectibles, glassware and more in this unique setting.
Treasures N Tiques
Continue north from Pequot Lakes on Highway 371 and you'll come to Jenkins, home of Treasures N Tiques. Like many of the secondhand and antique store owners in the area, Treasures N Tiques' owner has an eye for items that beg for a second look and have browsers peering in close. Like many of the other stores, this one has too much to list- but don't miss the salt and pepper shaker selection. Hundreds of salt and pepper shakers are on display. The owner has also displayed a selection of wedding photos that, over the years, made their way into the stores in old picture frames or large lots of goods. She didn't have the heart to throw them away, so made a display to honor the relationships of years gone by. Be sure to check out both buildings- Treasures N Tiques and the building just south of it, the 371 Stop.
There are a few thrift stores in Pine River, but perhaps the largest is Thrifty Living, more easily identified by the "Carl's Market" sign on the awning over the door. Thrifty Living has a large selection, from antiques to secondhand clothes as well as beads, crafts, dishes, furniture and much more.
Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention Crosby, Minnesota, just a half hour from the Whitefish Chain and known for its wide array of antique stores. Billing itself as an antiquing destination, you'll find several antique stores right on Main Street.
Perusing the shelves of the old, the interesting and the one-of-a-kind, you're bound to find the perfect item- one you might not have known you were looking for.