3 of the Best Places To Go Antiquing in Colorado

Amity Moore Joyce
| February 1, 2024 | 4 Minute Read
Decorative pillows depicting downhill and cross-country skiers on display in a shop. Maggie Erickson

With a rich history of Indigenous people, miners, homesteaders and the people who followed, Colorado offers excellent opportunities for antiquing.

Ski Country Antiques & Home, Evergreen

When you want to decorate with vintage accessories that reflect Coloradans’ love for the outdoors or complete a room with handpicked antique furniture from northern Europe, stop at Ski Country Antiques (above). Here, you might find a set of Louis XV walnut nesting tables, a carved Dutch curule chair, mid-century bamboo ski poles, wooden sleds or a pair of German skis. A collection of repurposed goods sees skis getting new life as a coat rack or a sled converted into a coffee table. “Ski Country isn’t just about the past,” shares store manager Maggie Erickson. “Our store gives [shoppers] an idea about how they can incorporate a special antique into their existing décor. That’s what sets us apart.”

Large glass cases display jewelry in an antique store.

Fall River Jewelry and Antiques, Estes Park

“We specialize in small things,” says owner Bob Fixter. “Jewelry, autographs, signed presidential papers, watches, and coins.” Fixter and his wife, Carole, started operations in 1969 and have been doing robust business ever since because customers trust them and appreciate their knowledge and fair pricing. Items, some of which are museum quality, are displayed in cases that are organized chronologically throughout the store (above). Each one contains a mix of items. The earliest is dedicated to the Roman Empire and contains coins, antiquities and jewelry. Bob says he tries to have something for everyone, including kids who might be collecting arrowheads or rocks and shoppers looking for new jewelry. “I love it when customers come in to browse and then tell us what they collect. We have so many things in the drawers. If they say, ‘mechanical toy,’ I can pull one out. I love that!”

Exterior view of antique store with a sign that reads, “Flipping Peddler.” A vintage oil pump is displayed at the entrance of the store. A wood ramp is on the left. Galaxy Media

Florence Flipping Peddler, Florence

The thing about being an antiques store in this small town south of Colorado Springs is you’re not the only one. There are nearly 20 in a three-block radius. As a result, Florence has become the state’s unofficial antiques capital. Each store offers something different. For Florence Flipping Peddler (above), an antiques mall located a block off Main Street, the niche is quality, says owner Kathie Crawford. “My vendors bring merchandise that’s in good condition,” she explains. “Nothing is broken. The furniture is solid wood. Everything is tidy and clean. Plus, our main level is ADA compliant.” Vendor Monica Burgess adds, “This is the best mall in Florence, and I’ve been involved with several.”

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