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Shoppers Everywhere Find Treasures at Door County Antique Shops


Door County visitors who enjoy the thrill of the chase, or who are simply looking for a unique trinket or piece of furniture for their homes, will find just what they’re looking for at the area’s antique shops. In Door County, what once was old is new again!

A glimpse into the county’s heritage can be seen through the exclusive antique shops, many of which offer items dating as far back as the early 1800’s. Peppered around the county, the shops have plenty of antiques, collectibles, gently-used furnishings, dinnerware and architectural pieces that make up an exclusive shopping experience for visitors. The popularity of these unique little shops is a reflection of the economy, according to local shop owners. Visitors can find nice things in Door County that are also affordable.

In many Door County shops, furniture and accessories are set up in groupings to give visitors ideas of how furnishings can look in their primary or secondary homes. Dinnerware and accessories are attractively displayed on shelves of cabinets and on tables. And the possibilities are endless!

The greater Sturgeon Bay area is home to a handful of distinctive antique and consignment shops. The shops are organized into three districts:  Third Avenue, West Side and Jefferson Street.

Historic Third Avenue is Sturgeon Bay’s Window Shopping Paradise

Third Avenue is known as an integral part of the city’s historical district. Visitors who enjoy history and old-fashioned shopping experiences enjoy this neighborhood. It’s full of stone buildings and plenty of window shopping opportunities. Antique shops, boutiques and art galleries abound!

Calling All History Buffs

Door County Traders is situated on the historic Third Avenue, one of Sturgeon Bay’s quaint shopping districts. Owner Diane Overland-Rockwell, who has been in the antiquing business for several years, specifically searches for and takes in antiques dating back into the early 1800’s. The decades of pieces this shop keeps on its shelves makes it very attractive to visitors interested in historical pieces.

“I am selective about what I take and don’t take from people,” said Rockwell. “I believe in having good displays that flow nicely, having reasonably-priced items and keeping a very clean store.”

Door County Traders is also a consignment shop. Rockwell regularly cleans out estates and generally finds at least one new treasure or trinket each day that she feels fits well in the store. Some of her finds include furniture, house wares, jewelry, linens, dishes and garden items.

“I can see how awesome this place is,” Rockwell said. She’s been in the antique and consignment business for a number of years, six of which have been on Sturgeon Bay’s Third Avenue.

This location has 8,000 square feet of décor that caters to many different tastes. Soon there will be 10,000 square feet of creative yet classy treasures to suit everyone as the basement level is opened to the public.

West Side District Provides Diversity and Old-Fashioned Values

Wooden structures and tin facades make up the downtown Sturgeon Bay West Side district. This area is known for its coffee, wine and gourmet beer shops, but also for its boutiques, jewelry stores and antique shops. This is truly the district created to have fun!

Unexpected Treasures to the West

Bay Side Bargains in Sturgeon Bay’s West Side shopping district is a high-quality antique and consignment shop specializing in delightfully unanticipated items. A large selection of furniture, household items, antiques, jewelry and even garden items can be found in this eclectic, little shop.

The shop also features a Bargain Basement, where deals happen every day. The inventory storewide changes daily so be sure to check out all the deals!

Wild Cherry Cottage Life, also located in the West Side shopping district, is a picker’s paradise when it comes to cottage décor. There are beautiful modern treasures that add a contemporary look to any cottage as well as old-fashioned pieces ranging from hand-painted furniture, couches, chairs and desks. One room in the shop is completely dedicated to nautical wall decorations, furniture and other décor. Co-owners Ardus DuBois and her daughter Sherry Young work with their family members to build their own pieces of furniture, revamp antiques and create their own canvas artwork.

“We don’t care if something is old or new, we’ll refurbish it,” DuBois said. “We have everything necessary to decorate a cottage.”

Jefferson Street Boasts its Charm

This residential-turned-shopping district is made up of numerous assorted shops and stores including clothing boutiques, game stores and, of course, antique shops. Here, visitors will find a very distinct shopping experience!

Picker's Paradise

Treasure hunters are welcome at Honeypicker antique and consignment shop on Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay! A wide variety of knick-knacks and other trinkets can be found here including home décor items, gardening tools and treasures and many collectible, vintage items.

Country Antiquing Fun

A handful of country antique shops can also be found around Door County! Visitors can enjoy a rural drive through the countryside as they peruse the area antique shops. These shops offer their own flair simply because they are out in the country.

Ken’s Granary Antiques provides a rustic feel as it showcases plenty of history in the 100-year-old granary. It’s located six miles south of Sturgeon Bay on County MM and has so much to offer visitors! Owner Ken Vanderhoof has left the building intact for as long as he’s been occupying it with his collectibles, décor, tools and knives, about 12 years. He only added some new flooring, and prides himself on the history that’s visible as visitors enter.

“I enjoy finding the right person who is excited about the things on my shelves,” Vanderhoof said. “Some people come in and tell me they’ve been searching for years for something I’ve had on my shelves for awhile.”

Sturgeon Bay, and the rest of Door County, offers a hometown, one-of-a-kind, antiquing atmosphere to its visitors! To plan a memorable vacation that will most definitely yield a treasure trove of trinkets, visit SturgeonBay.net and take the magic of Door County home!