Nestled among the coffee shops, boutiques and Craftsman style homes of Sellwood is a string of antique shops sprinkled along SE 13th Avenue. Better known as Antique Row, the short stretch of road is the heart of Sellwood's vintage charm. One can easily fill an afternoon treking up and down the sidewalks, sifting through military memorabilia, costume jewelry and nautical curiosities. But to find the interior diamonds in the rough, the following shops are the ones to hit.
Den of Antiquity - 8012 SE 13th
The word quaint neatly describes this store and its collectibles. A warm atmosphere, friendly, knowledgable staff, and quirky finds at low prices make this a necessary stop on Antique Row. Though low on furniture, the Den is stocked with early 1900's wood frames, Pyrex cookware, funky cookie jars, and a huge assortment of china sets and cups and saucers.
The Sellwood Collective - 8027 SE 13th
This store is packed with early 1900s wood furniture. There is something to catch your eye from the front door to the back wall, including pieces by Heywood Wakefield in good condition. My sister and I, and several other patrons, drooled over a circa 1906, quartersawn oak library table for $1850. Though its length may be impractical for my studio apartment, it could make a regal banquet table.
Era - 7901 SE 13th
Era satisfies the appetite of the modern enthusiast, with pieces by Florence Knoll and Paul McCobb. A personal favorite is the bright yellow Firemite fireplace perched in the shop window for $650. Be sure to check out the basement selection for more Wakefield pieces and the bed frame with built in stereo fit for a true ladies man.
Sellwood Antique Mall - 7875 SE 13th
This two story antique mecca requires some serious scavenging, but some dealers have quality pieces at low prices. The back wall of the ground floor is dressed in retro clocks of wrought iron and wood. For some seasonal warm and fuzzies, check out the cheeky Christmas paraphernalia.
By Emma Juhlin for PDXinteriors.com
For another article about antique stores in Portland check out Bernadette Breu