Midtown Antiques in Stillwater, Minnesota features a MCM "room."
On a recent production trip we stumble across Stillwater, Minnesota. What an interesting town nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River! The community was preparing for a outdoor arts and crafts event during our visit. Stillwater is chock full of antique stores in the downtown area, and we barely scratched the surface during our brief late morning and lunch hour sojourn.
We visited several stores, and found a mid-century modern niche (more photos below) in the Midtown Antique Mall. 3 levels, 100 dealers, and 30,000 square feet of retail space (most of it not MCM, of course). We scored a unique (and cheap!) Eames chair there that we will feature in a future post.
Lunch at the Freight House capped our visit to a beautiful town we plan to return to soon!
Not long after moving from Los Angeles back to Illinois, my parents took us to the Country Fair Mall in Coal Valley. We've been experienced antique shoppers (read: bargain hunters!) for many years, but now we were looking for Mid-Century items for our 1957 home.
Antique stores are generally packed to the gills with items older than the 1940-1970 Mid-Century period, and finding cool MCM (Mid-Century Modern) treasures can be frustrating. However, this particular antique mall has become a favorite because we keep finding interesting items at garage sale prices.
We don't smoke, but early on we purchased not one, not two, but four ash trays including the torquise ceramic one below.
They say, "where there's smoke...there's fire. The addition of a square candle from Hobby Lobby completes this ash tray's conversion to an objet d'art. Cost for all? Less than $15.00.
The "Scotty-Glenn of California USA" imprint on the bottom made this tray even more attractive to us. Here's a similar tray on eBay at the same price we paid.
I'm sure you don't do this, but we bought the tray without having a specific idea as to what to do with it. Placement near the fireplace seemed right. We are still adjusting our previous "Victorian" sensibilites to this new "less is more" aesthetic.