5 Driveable Thriftables

treat yourself to a unique antiquing adventure at these five shops

Taylor Reisdorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth


Here’s a list of five notable spots in or within driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are perfect for those on a hunt to find quality and unique antiques and vintage items.

1. Eclectica on Grand

106 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • facebook.com/eclecticaEC

This little shop, located across the footbridge from South Barstow Street, supplies antique treasure hunters with a variety of jewelry, seasonal decor, and “worldly” items.

2. In Retrospect

312 E. Madison St., Eau Claire • Find it on Facebook

Take a trip down memory lane at In Retrospect – formerly known as Retro Distortion – a one-stop nostalgia shop. The store features toys (ranging from the ’60s to the present), books, and antiques. A few notable items in the store’s “oddity corner” include a shark in a jar and antique surgical tools.

3. Antique Emporium

306 Main St., Eau Claire

This one may be a bit obvious, but the Antique Emporium is always worth a walk-through if you’re in search of some solid antiques. The massive store houses a plethora of sought-after antiques – like large furniture pieces, sculptures, art glass, and mounds of books and paper ephemera. The items found in-store are diverse and customer dissatisfaction is about as rare as the items on display.

4. Egg Palace Antiques

4263 N. Prairie View Road, Chippewa Falls • eggpalaceantiques.com

Proclaiming itself “The Most Unique Antique Shop in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Area,” Egg Palace Antiques has an immense inventory. With items including (but not limited to) art deco, collector plates, furniture, glassware, pottery, and prints, Egg Palace promises a customer-friendly and surprising experience.

5. Southside Vintage & Quality Goods

1832 East 42nd St., Minneapolis • southsidevintage.com

This eclectic little store, which is only open every other weekend, focuses on selling stylish but affordable vintage products. At Southside, customers can find quality furniture and decor, clothing and accessories, artwork, textiles, and an array of other funky items.

Vintage Wares is sponsored by:

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center
2511 Moholt Drive
(off Clairemont Ave, West Side)
Eau Claire