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What's Old is New Again:
Antique Hunting in Boise!

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What's Old is New Again: Antique Hunting in Boise!

David Nielsen, MBA

David Nielsen loves helping people transition. He understands that, for many people, your home is your largest investment...

David Nielsen loves helping people transition. He understands that, for many people, your home is your largest investment...

Sep 5 6 minutes read

Retro chic, farmhouse, antique, vintage.

No matter what you want to call it, we've been in the midst of a home décor fashion trend for several years.

Retro chic shows no sign of slowing down, especially in Idaho where we hold our agriculture culture (is that redundant? I don't know) dear to our hearts.

The trend is marked by a return to gingham, brass faucets and door knobs, bold wallpaper prints, colorful kitchens, and distressed woods.

In fact, the shabbier something looks, the better! Victorian and  cottage-style furniture pieces, such as dressers, ottomans, and cabinets, are key.

Where to Look?

Now, you could buy new stuff that just looks old but that feels rather inauthentic, doesn't it? There are plenty of vintage stores and antique shops in Boise to get you started if you want to take your house into a new old style.

Enchanting Objects
4906 W State St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5 pm

Enchanting Objects is a favorite among our team at Platinum Idaho. The shop has been around since 2007 and the owners have established it as the go-to place for unique, vintage items and solid advice for do-it-yourself projects.

It's a collective of vendors from around the Treasure Valley and the wares range from "tattered elegance to European simplicity to cottage charm to urban farmhouse."

Don't miss the annual yard sale coming up on Sunday, September 9. Enchanting Objects is putting garage sale prices on hundreds of items, including antiques, collectibles, project pieces, overstock, and more.

Once Upon A Time
4906 W State St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm

Enchanting Objects is a favorite among our team at Platinum Idaho. The shop has been around since 2007 and the owners have established it as the go-to place for unique, vintage items and solid advice for do-it-yourself projects.

It's a collective of vendors from around the Treasure Valley and the wares range from "tattered elegance to European simplicity to cottage charm to urban farmhouse."

Don't miss the annual yard sale coming up on Sunday, September 9. Enchanting Objects is putting garage sale prices on hundreds of items, including antiques, collectibles, project pieces, overstock, and more.

Antique World Mall
4544 Overland Rd.
Daily, 10am -6pm

Voted Boise's best vintage store for 12 years in a row, the Antique World Mall hosts more than 160 dealers in 30,000 square feet.

It's stuffed with rustic farmhouse and shabby chic furniture, collectible toys and dolls, high-end antiques, and project pieces. 

The Platinum Idaho team loves that the aisles are named after cities around the globe. Christine, our office manager, says she can waste an entire afternoon walking up and down Paris lane in search of a vintage treasure. Bonus points if it's dog-themed!


Boise Vintage
3412 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City
Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 pm

Stepping into Boise Vintage's new digs in Garden City, you're instantly transported back in time to bebop and sock hops.

Think the Webber décor from the 1999 Brendan Fraser rom-com, Blast from the Past.

Boise Vintage has rare, beautiful and fun pieces from the 1950s, '60s and 70s. Mid-century design is marked with graceful, sleek lines and lots of chrome, rich woods and bold colors. It brought a certain level of European chic, especially Scandinavian, to American design culture.

Make sure you check out the collection of unique, interesting vases.

L.A. Junk Antiques
1911 W State St
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

What makes L.A. Junk unique? The store is located in an old house and the wares are arranged to be in their correct spots. 

Looking for a retro chic hand mixer? Head to the kitchen. Need a distressed wood coffee table? Find the living room. Retro styling your dresser and night tables? Well, you get the picture …

Karen and the gals at L.A. Junk seem to have a special knack for helping their customers repurpose shabby chic items into functional pieces for your home. Next time you're in, ask for advice on how to turn an old oil can into a flower pot, or a barn's window frame into a piece of art.

You might even pick up a few ideas you didn't have.

A Few More Spots

We could go on and list every antique store in Boise, but then you'd be overwhelmed with options, crying out "why, David … why?!?!?!"

I get it.

But I can't not mention these spots:

Special Events

You know what else is fun? Heading to the various events, like flea markets, that take place around the city. They've become a collection of antique shops, crafters, and retro chic wares in one big place for a weekend.

The Idaho Flea Market takes over Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids for fun, free activities and pick up lots of farm fresh goodies in addition to farm-style decor.

The Treasure Valley Flea Market has two events left for the 2018 calendar. Head over to Expo Idaho for the October 20-21 and November 10-11 weekends to see what you can find.

I'd love to know what you've found on your antique hunting jaunts in Boise. Head on over to our Facebook page and show us.

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