Shoppers looking to add something special to their collections can take a day trip to Buffalo, 37 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, to explore the town’s antique shops and occasional sales.
Highlights include Waldon Woods Antiques, a fixture for 38 years and the longest running antiques business in Buffalo. Waldon’s proprietors bring antiques home from the East Coast and northern England, including unique stained glass sourced from English pubs and homes, and doors, bars, and furniture.
Two other stops feature goods by multiple dealers under one roof. Annie’s Attic is 15,000 square feet of eclectic finds spanning small items to large furniture, with a notable selection of charming books, pottery, and dishes. The Buffalo Nickel Antique Mall, housed in an old barn, specializes in rustic, primitive, country, and shabby chic items to adorn a home or cabin.
Other shops offer occasional sales of antiques and collectibles on the first Thursday through Sunday of each month. Prices are low and demand is high, so buyers should strike when they spot a deal. Sellers include Second Hand Rose, Patina General, the Porch, and This & That.
Hungry shoppers have numerous options for quick bites, coffee, and sit-down dining experiences. One downtown option is J’s Family Restaurant, offering an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hayes Public House, opened in late 2013, is the town's first-ever brewery.