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Where to find your treasure:

  • Antique Shops – If you don’t have a lot of experience, start here. The prices may be higher than other stores, but they often have lots to dig through.
  • Antique Malls – They are usually a large building with LOTS of different vendors who sell their wares. You can have the cashier call the vendor and offer a lower price.
  • Estate Sales – You may find some great bargains here IF the family is running the sale. IF an estate sale company is running the sale, you can try to bargain with them, but don’t count on it.
  • Garage and Yard Sales – Stop and look around. Be courteous but be willing to bargain. Most people just want to get rid of their stuff.
  • Thrift Stores – They have become the “popular” place to go so don’t expect them to bargain with you. The best you can do is to shop the tag sales.
  • Curbside and Dumpster Diving – Don’t count this out! Wear your gloves. I’ve found some great bargains and I’ve gotten rid of some on my curb. Be sure to put a “FREE” sign on it.

Local vintage and antique shops:



  • Paris Flea Market: 1815 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
  • Rebel Junk Shop: 2424 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814



  • Antiques 101: a crash course in everything antique (book)
  • Antique & collectible buttons: identification & values volume 2 (book)
  • A price guide to antique tools (book)
  • Treasures: antique to modern collecting (periodical)
  • Kovels‘ antiques & collectibles price guide


  • Heart of Junk by Luke Geddes
  • Antiques Fire Sale by Barbara Allan
  • The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell