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Your Guide to Finding Vintage Decor

Spokane Vintage Furniture

Our real estate agents have noticed a surge in interest in vintage furniture and home decor over the last few years. This old-fashioned aesthetic can make your home feel cozier and more personal. But how do you find these one-of-a-kind pieces for your home?

Want to bring this popular trend into your home? Use our guide to find the best vintage home decor items in Spokane.  

  1. Know What You Want 
    Not all vintage pieces make it into resale markets. Most of the items that end up being preserved are rare, high-quality, or unusual-looking to modern eyes. Before you begin your search, think about which of these aspects is most important to you. If you're having trouble finding the right piece, you can try referring to it by alternate names. The same piece of furniture might be called a cabinet or a hutch, depending on the person looking at it. If you bring up all of these names with the seller you're working with, you'll have a much better chance of being shown a piece that fits your specifications.  

  2. Embrace Imperfections 
    Vintage items have been around a long time – that's what makes them vintage. Unfortunately, this means it is rare for them to be in perfect condition. By the time you get your hands on it, your perfect piece will probably have at least a little wear and tear on it.  

    Antiques may not be in perfect condition, but if you shop around, you can find beautiful pieces that will last you for many years. Small scratches and scuff marks are a concession to make in return for that level of value.  

  3. Inspect Items in Person 
    You can find many vintage items listed online, but when possible go see items in person. A great-looking photo can disguise rips and tears, chipped surfaces, faded materials, and other major problems that might be dealbreakers for you. It's also hard to tell exactly what a vintage piece looks like until you see it for yourself. If you get the chance, stop by a real antique store near you. 

Hoping to upgrade your interior design with a few new vintage items? Here are some places to look for new pieces near our Spokane homes for sale

  • Vintage Mercantile and Auction - 5005 N Market St, Spokane WA 99217 
    Vintage Mercantile and Auction is a great place to find some distinctive pieces, especially if you're also looking for a bargain. Their weekly auctions showcase some of their best acquisitions and give you a chance to snap up these coveted finds before they hit store shelves. 

  • ZipperZ on Garland - 913 West Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205
    When you're done shopping on Market Street, be sure to swing by Garland Avenue, which has many unique stores with one-of-a-kind finds. While you're strolling Garland Avenue, be sure to stop by ZipperZ on Garland. ZipperZ on Garland is an upscale consignment shop and has many vintage treasures just waiting to be discovered.

  • Blue Cat Vintage - 1919 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202 
    Blue Cat Vintage has an impressive selection of furniture and home accessories, including more unusual items like lighting and rugs. You can even browse their wares online to get a feel for what they have before heading into the store for a closer look.  

Classic furniture never goes out of style. Give your home a whole new look with some choice vintage pieces from any of these Spokane small businesses, and contact us today to buy or sell homes in the Spokane area.


Sip Local Wines at These Spokane Wineries

Spokane Wine

One of the best ways to experience all of the greatness Spokane has to offer is through its wine. The area's local wineries serve as community gathering spots, help fuel the local economy, and tell the story of our area's rich history.

Also, learning to distinguish between certain types of wine is a lot of fun. With 20 wineries within 10 miles of Spokane, you'll have no trouble developing a sophisticated palate. Here are some of our favorite local wineries to visit this weekend:

  • Helix Wines - 824 Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Sip six different types of wines in the beautiful downtown Spokane tasting room at Helix Wines. You'll find comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere, making it a great stop for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Order a snack from the small plates menu if you're hungry. Retail purchases are available, as is curbside pickup. The tasting room is open from 1 pm to  6 pm daily.

  • V du V Wines - 12 S Scott St, Spokane, WA 99202
    Located in downtown Spokane, V du V Wines is a small and cozy winery with a friendly and welcoming vibe. The winery also hosts rotating exhibits of prints and paintings so you can enjoy local art while you sip. The tasting room is open Friday and Saturday afternoons by appointment, and it's located just down the street from some spectacular Spokane homes for sale.

  • Terra Blanca - 926 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Terra Blanca
    is located in the beautiful Chronicle Building and offers a wide selection of red mountain estate-produced wines. The tasting room is elegant, and the service is great. Terra Blanca is located near Spokane's restaurants, hotels, and theaters, so it's a great place to begin your night out on the town.

  • Barrister Winery Downtown Tasting Room - 203 N Washington St #100, Spokane, WA 99201
    This little rustic downtown winery and tasting room is where you can sip and purchase several of Barrister's award-winning wines. The tasting room is located across the street from the Davenport Grand Hotel and frequently hosts local artists and live music on the weekends. The tasting room is open daily at 12 pm.

  • Bridge Press Cellars - 39 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Wonderful wines, delicious small plates, and fun live music can all be found at Bridge Press Cellars. The menu features five different types of wine, and the warm and inviting bar and tasting room make this a perfect destination for a special date night. Currently, Bridge Press is open Thursdays from 4 to 7 pm.

  • Robert Karl Cellars - 115 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    This boutique winery produces hand-crafted wines with grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills of Columbia Valley, Washington. There are over 9 types you can try at the downtown Robert Karl Cellars retail shop and tasting room. Schedule an appointment, or feel free to stop by Friday from 2 to 4 pm or Saturday from 12 to 4 pm.

We're lucky to be surrounded by some of the best wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today for more information on calling the Spokane area home.


Spokane Real Estate Market Report - February 2022

View our comprehensive Spokane real estate market report for the month of February!

The information in this report is compiled from a report given by the Spokane Association of REALTORS© and to the best of our knowledge is accurate and correct.


Download the February Market Report PDF here.

Want more info about the current real estate market? Contact us today to speak to an agent. 



Kootenai County Real Estate Market Report - February 2022

View our comprehensive Kootenai Country real estate market report for the month of February!

The information in this report is compiled from a report given by the Spokane Association of REALTORS© and to the best of our knowledge is accurate and correct.


Download the February Market Report PDF here.

Want more info about the current real estate market? Contact us today to speak to an agent. 


Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) or information provider(s) shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. Listing(s) information is provided for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Information on this site was last updated 01/29/2023. The listing information on this page last changed on 01/29/2023. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of Coeur dAlene MLS (last updated Sun 01/29/2023 9:24:04 AM EST) or Spokane MLS (last updated Sun 01/29/2023 9:51:00 AM EST). Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Coldwell Banker Tomlinson may be marked with the Internet Data Exchange logo and detailed information about those properties will include the name of the listing broker(s) when required by the MLS. All rights reserved. --

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