Recently I had the opportunity to go antique shopping in Ypsilanti, Michigan and I couldn’t believe what an untouched haven of vintage goodness it was! Store after store – all filled with drool worthy collectibles. Follow along on my recent retro shopping journey and see why Ypsilanti is now my “go to” for all things vintage and AWESOME!!
Antique shopping is my jam! I love wandering through eclectic shops filled to the brim with vintage books, collectibles, and other odds-n-ends. If you’ve ever been to one of these shops you’ll know what I mean. Rows upon rows of forgotten treasures sit patiently waiting to be once again discovered and loved. The smell of faint musk and dust tickle your nose as you breathe in the past and breathe out inspiration for new beginnings. One never quite knows what they will find during this modern day treasure hunt, but that’s part of the fun. Besides, in antique shopping, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are no ad’s telling you what’s “hot” or what you should want to buy. It’s all up to you and whatever strikes your fancy.
Finding a good antique store is lucky – finding a string of them all within one area is a gold mine! Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Ypsilanti, Michigan while I was on a tour of their neighboring city Ann Arbor. Here, in Ypsi as the locals call it, I found antique store after antique store all within walking or driving distance of each other. Plus, between the hubs of antique collections, a rising city of budding artists and entrepreneurs is taking shape. This city, while being an amazing hub of history, certainly has a uniquely bright future.
The first thing to notice at Muse is their eye catching location with a glowing vintage vibe – which you’ll take notice of before even entering through the door. Once inside the room opens up into a beautiful array of clothing, jewelry, hats and other must have glam-tastic collectibles. The first level of the two story building is where you’ll do your shopping – through rows and rows of perfectly organized clothing. Be sure to take notice that Muse also has a large collection of plus sized clothing – something not commonly found in vintage resale shops.
The upstairs of the building has been set aside as a photography studio which specializes in boudoir stylized photo shoots. A perfect location.
Those looking to remodel a house with flare should look no further than Materials Unlimited. This three storied building is like a rabbit hole filled to the brim with beautifully reclaimed items. Wandering through the rooms I found ceiling lights, sconces, doors, door knobs, chairs, bathtubs and other home decor items. It made me want to redecorate my home in so many different designs.
This store is within walking distance of MUSE but differs greatly in offerings. While MUSE is more of a clothing and accessories type of location, Schmidts is full of beautiful furnishings and collectibles. Here one might find a dining room table set, cabinet, clock or lovely piece of wall art. Plus there is a lot to choose from and they even offer auction style sales both online and in store.
Salt City Antiques & Collectibles
I stumbled upon Salt City Antiques in the heart of downtown. As I walked through the streets something caught my eye. I pressed my nose upon the glass window – there was the most beautiful 1950’s dining room set ever. Bright and yellow. This entire antique store made my heart flutter with retro chairs, kitchen accessories and more. I wanted it all!
Before heading home also be sure to check out the rest of Ypsilanti’s antique scene as well as make time to wander through the Ypsi Automotive Heritage Museum – the last surviving Hudson dealer location! You can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many local favorites, gaze in wonder at their “interesting” water tower or wander through some of the other eclectic shops downtown. But where ever you go, just be sure not to miss the vibe Ypsi is putting out there. It’s REAL.
Have you experienced the antique appeal of Ypsilanti, Michigan? Tell us your favorites spots to shop or why you’d like to visit in the comments!