Sure, you could stop into any old antique shop to go rummaging through old pieces, but if you are really serious about it, there is no better place to go than the city of Snohomish, Washington. Dubbed the “antique capital of the Northwest,” the city’s antique claim to fame may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. In the city limits you’ll find over 175 antique dealers to choose from. Most are located in the historic downtown area, where you can easily walk from one store to the next. There is a lot of ground to cover, so better make a day of it, only a 45-minute drive from downtown Seattle. While you’re there, you’ll want to take a break and visit the Snohomish Pie Company or the Snohomish Bakery & Café.

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Antique Warehouse
1019 1st Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
(360) 568-7590

The Antique Warehouse used to be located on Seattle’s Waterfront, but made the move up north a few years ago. In the 6,500 square store you’ll find a large selection of some of the highest quality furniture in a wide range of woods, from Mahogany to Pine to Oak. Also find Victorian era pieces alongside antique desks and chairs fitting for any home office. In addition, the store offers old tin and porcelain signs, magazines, old ads, picture discs and above average collectibles.

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Pegasus Theater Shops
1003 1st Street
Snohomish, WA  98290
(360) 568-8815

Pegasus Theater Shops and Past Gas boast of being “the Northwest’s Largest Nostalgia Store.” While they have isles bursting with authentic antiques, you’ll also find a few replicas for the budget-minded. From Betty Boop to Superman and from James T. Kirk to Lucy, you’ll find all your favorites here. Dig deep enough and you’ll also uncover music and movie legend posters and collectibles, cars and sports memorabilia and old license plates and highway signs. This store is a favorite of younger shoppers.

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Snohomish Star Center Mall
829 2nd Street
Snohomish, WA  98290
(360) 568-2131

Talk about one-stop shopping. The Star Center Mall is opened seven days a week and offers five levels of specialty antique shops, and 200 antique dealers. Find unique items such as depression glass, flow blue china, English and American furniture, dolls, jewelry, orientalia, hall pottery and more. Plus, you’ll find the Collectors Reference Bookstore stocked with more than 10,000 books to help guide your antiquing adventures.

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Faded Elegance
1116 1st Street
Snohomish, WA  98290
(360) 568-5333

Faded Elegance is a unique shop with a mix of antiques, garden supplies, home décor and one-of-a-kind gifts. This is an antique-lover’s dream boutique. Shoppers can find decorative wall clocks lovely scents, old jewelry and elegant décor. Antique finds at Faded Elegance include Parisian bedroom sets, elegant keepsakes and the occasional oddity like an antique life preserver.

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Mardini’s & Co.
901 1st Street
Snohomish, WA  98290
(360) 568-8415

Open every day of the week, Mardini’s & Co. prides its collections for being “deeply traditional, richly historica and tastefully elegant.” When you enter the doors of Mardini’s, you’ll be overtaken by the presence of the late 18th to early 19th century items and backdrop, all the while enjoying the sounds of calming jazz music. The historical ambiance and shining chandeliers only enrich the furniture to be found inside. You’ll find rare and unique items for the bedroom, office and entryways, in addition to sideboards, bronze statues, chairs, tables, sofas, bars, lighting, mirrors and art. After a full day of treasure hunting, stop by Mardini’s elegant Mediterranean restaurant for a lovely meal on the patio

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at