If you go antique shopping in Central Oregon, you’re gonna see a lot of vintage boots and saddles, old military stuff, deer mounts, vintage knives and fishing gear. So pretty much one big, beautiful, manthropological expedition. I dig that stuff, so I had a great weekend shopping around Sisters, Redmond and Bend this last weekend.
Sisters is a fun touristy town about 25 minutes outside of Bend. Antique stores, gift shops, vintage clothing resale boutiques, and lodge pole furniture galleries line the streets of this beautiful little town. On the top of my list is Old Western Antiques and Books, which has the friendliest staff who share my love of all things buffalo, and carry more mantiques than you can shake a stick at. I bought some cool old poker chips, a neat little souvenir pin from a logger’s celebration, and a “Hunter’s Prize” brand vintage cigar box label – pretty much the coolest purchases ever.
I highly recommend stopping into Sisters Coffee Company for a pick-me-up. They make a mean cappuccino and sell burlap coffee sacks for two bucks a pop. The buckaroo scones and vegan mountain muffins looked scrumptious as well.
About 20 minutes east of Sisters you’ll reach Redmond, where in the antique district you’ll find nine antique shops within about a five block radius. One of my favorites is Beyond the Ranch Antiques which houses 6,500 square feet of anything you can imagine. I found the baddest pair of used boots for $45!
The Back Porch & Company is more French prairie than western, and their merchandise and displays are completely inspiring.
Isn’t it lovely? Another thing I love about Redmond is that almost all of these shops are open on Sundays. There’s nothing worse than having to “window shop” when all you really want to do is just shop!
There is no shortage of coffee shops and cocktail lounges to visit while shopping around in downtown Bend. I fell in love with the refreshments at Dogwood Cocktail Cabin.
There is so much to see and do in Central Oregon. People are friendly, the air is clean, and parking and good coffee are easy to come by. At The Old Creamery Antiques in Redmond, I bought the cutest little vintage frozen food carton I decided to incorporate into my own little Valentine’s Day flower arrangement.
What do you think? Have you used vintage containers in DIY floral arrangements? We want to see ’em!