While Tacoma may not be the first place you think of when you think of antiques, maybe it should be! Like most cities, Tacoma has antique stores located throughout the area, but it's also home to Antique Row - a veritable antiquing destination. Rather than a single shop, Antique Row brings together several unique antique stores all in one spot.
Antique Row isn’t even the only clump of great antiques in the area. The Puyallup Antique District is also worth a visit, as are several antique malls that contain a great selection of antiques and memorabilia within. Read on to learn where you can go antiquing in T-Town.
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Antique Row is located right next to Tacoma’s Theater District along Broadway Avenue between 7th and 9th. Within these two blocks, there are about 10 antique stores. While some stores have a little bit of everything, many of the Antique Row stores specialize. For instance, Broadway’s Best is a great place to find home and home décor items, while Lily Pad Antiques is a great place to find vintage toys and collectibles that range from the early 1900s all the way up to 1980s toys. Along with the antique shops, the district also has lots of locally owned clothing and décor shops, from gothic Le Noir Bazaar to secondhand maternity at Anew Thyme. If you like variety, check out Sanford and Son, a co-op of about 30 merchants with many items you won’t find in other antique stores, from huge stained glass windows to doors to candy merchants, all situated in an old building that adds a lot of atmosphere to the shops.
Not far from Antique Row are Tacoma's museums, if you seek to pair some history with your vintage finds. The Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, LeMay - America's Car Museum and Washington State History Museum are all within a short drive or ride on the free Link from Antique Row.
Bonus, Corina Bakery is nearby and antique shopping pairs nicely with this tasty bakery.
Antique Row Antique Stores:
- Broadway’s Best – 742 Broadway – 253-617-3509
- Sanford & Son – 743 Broadway – 253-272-0334
- Mandarin Antiques & Pianos – 616 St. Helens Avenue – 253-582-6655
- Lily Pad Antiques – 756 Broadway – 253-627-6858
- Shepard House Antiques – 748 Broadway – 253-404-1900
- Lick’s Antique Mall – 749 Broadway – 253-572-7334
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Puyallup Antique District
The Puyallup Antique District is a cluster of seven antique stores located on and around Meridian Street and Main Street in downtown Puyallup. Like Antique Row, Puyallup Antique District has a nice variety of shops, rather than stores with the same kinds of items over and over. Highlights include Victoria Sells Antique Mall, which houses 25 individual antique dealers in 10,000 square feet of space. At other stores, you’ll find everything from folk art to coins. Neighboring towns Sumner and Orting also have a few other antique stores not too far away.
Antique Stores in Puyallup Antique District:
- 3rd Street Antiques – 201 3rd Street SE – 253-445-1435
- Victoria Sells Antique Mall – 125 S. Meridian – 253-445-8330
- Pioneer Antique Mall – 113 S. Meridian – 253-770-0981
- King’s Row Antiques & Collectibles – 110 W. Main Street – 253-770-6456
- Her Shabby Chateau - 114 W. Meeker - 253-327-4352
- Pink Chandelier - 121 W. Meeker - 253-845-4313
- RUST - 2914 E. Main Ave - 253-256-4959
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South Tacoma Antique Mall houses more than 100 antique dealers all under one roof. The result? Incredible variety all in one place. Dealers carry vintage toys, vintage furniture and décor, lighting fixtures, jewelry and even larger items like appliances. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can ask to be placed on the Wish List and the mall’s dealers will see if they can find the item for you.
Location: 8219 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma – 253-584-0500
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It’s easy to drive past Pacific Run and never stop there. It’s located on busy Pacific Avenue and is fairly nondescript from the outside, but in truth it’s one of the best antique stores around. The mall features several dealers, who sell literally everything antique, but also plenty of cool collectibles. Need a Nintendo game from 1985? Looking for an authentic Japanese fishing float? Or a full vintage tea set? You can likely find it here. The aisles are also pleasantly open, avoiding the cramped and hectic feel that comes with many antique outlets.
Location: 10228 Pacific Avenue S, Tacoma – 253-539-0117Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Tacoma Antique Center at Fife is another option for an antique mall experience. It has 20,000 square feet filled with 170 shops and spaces, meaning you’ll find a lot of variety. Goodies within the shops include antiques, as well as retro, vintage and collectable items. The mall purchases entire estates as well as individual items from sellers.
Location: 1414 54th Avenue E., Fife – 253-922-1297
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Tucked into a historic building at the corner of South Proctor and 12th, Hidden Treasures Antiques is the most central antique collection in Tacoma, aside from Antique Row. Hidden Treasures offers estate services and will sell items for you on consignment, too. The store brings in a full range of jewelry, furniture, and art. Shoppers will also find some used furniture and handmade wooden outdoor furniture. The building itself also has an interesting history as the power house for the Steilacoom Line trolley, which is now long gone.
Location: 3902 S. 12th Street, Tacoma – 253-227-5841