For serious collectors and novices, alike, antiquing is a popular activity. Those browsing for a glimpse of the past can visit Historic Downtown Glendale where an antiquing adventure awaits experienced antique enthusiasts and first-time antique shoppers. There are several shops within walking distance housing beautiful and intriguing treasures. Start your quest by visiting Auntie Em’s Miniatures and Antique Haven in Old Towne Glendale, then take a short walk or drive to Caitlin Court where you’ll find the Primitive Peddler, Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures and Bears & More in historic bungalows surrounded by tree-lined streets and picket fences. It’s here where you can spend hours searching for special hard to find treasures. Complete your antiquing adventure by visiting the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum and then relax in elegant surroundings at Kimberly Ann’s Victorian Tea Room.
Bears & More
ADDRESS: 7146 North 58th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301
Bears & More is an adorable shop filled with new and vintage bears, children’s toys, games and needle felting supplies. Vintage treasures include children’s books, stuffed animals, toys, kitchenware, linens and accessories. The on-site kitchen is a treasure trove of antique kitchenware and the linen room is bursting with vintage hats, handkerchiefs and tablecloths.
Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures
ADDRESS: 5836 West Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasure has an amazing selection of unique items in nine themed rooms within this National Registrar historic house. With new items arriving weekly you are sure to find a variety of items to bring home. In addition to antiques and vintage treasures, you will enjoy browsing the jewelry, hand-sewn children’s clothing, kitchenware and the artisan gallery.
Primitive Peddler AZ
ADDRESS: 7146 North 57th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301
Primitive Peddler AZ is a purveyor of eclectic eccentricities. This shop takes antiques to a new level. You will find a unique selection of oddities and one-of-a-kind items such as an egg grading scale from 1924, mid-century furniture, farm equipment or a collection of hard to find records.
Antique Haven/Vintage Jewels
ADDRESS: 5805 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
If you are looking for vintage jewelry, you will find the largest collection in the Southwest at Antique Haven/Vintage Jewels. Browse the 20 plus cases of vintage and costume jewelry sorted by color. Charm collectors will find sterling silver charms from the 1930s to present-day. They also have an expansive collection of Fenton Glass, collectibles, figurines and memorabilia.
Auntie Em’s Miniatures and Smilin’ Jack’s Pedal Cars
ADDRESS: 5625 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
Auntie Em’s Miniatures is the go-to destination for dollhouse and miniature enthusiasts. There are dozens of cases containing miniatures from all over the world. As you peruse the miniatures, you can enjoy a collector dollhouse from England dating back to the early 1900’s. Save time for Smilin’ Jack’s Pedal Cars, located within the shop, offering an extensive collection of small vehicles and toys.
Arizona Doll and Toy Museum
ADDRESS: 5847 West Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
If you are a doll lover or fan of antique toys, you will enjoy this impressive collection dating back to the 1700’s. The items span the centuries from a 300-year-old doll to more recent Barbie, GI Joe and Star Wars collections. Highlights include a replica of a one-room schoolhouse, model trains, figurines and miniatures.
Kimberly Ann’s Victorian Tea Room
ADDRESS: 7153 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
Kimberly Ann’s Victorian Tea Room is the perfect destination for an elegant High Tea, or a more casual visit for tea and scones. You will be surrounded by lace, flowers, exquisite china pieces, antique furnishings and dolls. The food is an elegant treat, freshly prepared and presented perfectly.
Written by Vicki Gerber