Join me as I explore a special shop where time stands still.
In a small town atmosphere, in the heart of the midwest, is a vintage shop which should not be passed by. It is a destination shop, meaning it has EVERYTHING!
With the charm of vintage downtown Faribault, it stands nestled between other shops of business.
It's called "Keepers", as in finders keepers, located in Faribault, Minnesota. Owned by three treasure seekers, Nona Boyes, Mary Bull, and Connie McHenry, it has been selling vintage wares since 1996. This shop has become one of my favorite places to search for vintage treasures. Lucky me, it's only a ten minute drive from my home!
As you enter you will notice that it is big and filled to the brim with shelves full of treasures. There are many display cabinets bursting with items, and the ladies are so helpful to direct you to make your hunt a successful one.
Each section of the shop has been carefully and beautifuly displayed to help you imagine the antiques' happy purpose.
Wow! What a vast sea of crystal, silver, and china.
So much sparkle and gorgeous craftsmanship.
Jewelry anyone? Here is where you will find racks and shelves full of all kinds of vintage jewelry.
Colorful depression glass and beautiful linens galore!
Gorgeous pieces of furniture are arranged with great care and tempt your mind to imagine a different place in time.
One of the many reasons I adore this shop, is that it's not like the usual vendor booth arrangement you find in antique stores. No, it is so organized and logically displayed, with a flair of home decor and lifestyle.
Here is where every drawer, yes every drawer, is filled with sewing items. Buttons, trims, patterns, lace, etc! Can I just move this whole case to my craft room?
This is the charming kitchenware section. Takes me back!
So much to pick from and enjoy!
All around the shop are pictures. This is what I like to call the "Library" section.
I can get lost in here. Lots of vintage ephemera, postcards, photos, and books. Good thing there is a table and chair for me to sit down to soak it all in.
There are many vintage tools, hardware, lighting, sporting, and Americana items.
Shopping is so much fun when it's organized.
Towards the back of the shop there is a whole Indian and Western section.
And a huge area of vintage clothing.
Lots of wooden shoes, hats, furs, and clothing for everyone.
There are oodles of signs including these Tilt-A-Whirl signs. Tilt-A-Whirl is a crazy fair ride where you sit in a basket on an uneven deck while it circles around and around. This ride is one of Faribault's many claims to fame. According to wikipedia, the Tilt-A-Whirl was invented by Herbert Sellner at his Faribaultian home in 1926. A year later he opened Sellner Manufacturing in Faribault with the Tilt-A-Whirl becoming a huge hit at county fairs and of course, the Minnesota State Fair.
Keepers has a clearance area too!
Fa-la-la-la-la! Hooray for vintage Christmas! Other holiday, religious and european wares are also kept in this area.
Santas are in abundance, along with every kind of ornamentation.
Let's not forget about toys and trains.
And of course vintage dolls and miniatures.
Wait. Did you lose track of time?
Did you just experience a different time and place?
Well, if the answer is yes, then you have been at Keepers.
You will find "Keepers" at 224 Central Ave. in Faribault, Minnesota. They are open Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. I highly recommend it!
Remember to reuse, renew, repurpose.