August 25th, 2023

Wine Country Antiques and Sustainable Shopping

A corner of an antique shop with pictures, knickknacks, lamps and more.
Lafayette Schoolhouse Antique Mall. Photo by Erin Hall.

A shopping excursion in McMinnville isn’t complete without a walkthrough of one of our several antique shops. Whether you’re looking for a vintage jean jacket, an antique side table, or just a unique birthday gift, you’re likely to find what you need at one of McMinnville’s antique shops or thrift stores. A life-long lover of old books, furniture, and retro clothes, I can’t pass up the opportunity to walk through a yard sale, vintage store, or antique mall. Here’s what I found on a recent trip through several of McMinnville’s best shops. 

McMinnville Antiques Mall (334 NE 3rd St.) is located in a large space on historic third street. Composed of more than 50 vendors, the antique mall offers a variety of prices and items from delicate handmade jewelry to pristine retro furniture. There’s also kitchenware, books, clothing, toys, vintage and modern art prints, and in true McMinnville fashion, a large selection of UFO-related memorabilia and ephemera. This is one shop you could visit over and over again and always find something new. Open 10 am – 5 pm daily.

Down the road from the antique mall is Third Time Around Antiques (321 NE Baker St.), a smaller shop, but no less filled with unique finds, vintage items, kitchenware and collectables. Third Time Around also has some lovely antique furniture and books, as well as a large collection of cast iron cooking pans, sturdy yard tools, and fishing equipment. Upstairs has a small selection of vintage clothing as well. Open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday; 10 am – 4 pm Sunday; closed Monday.

Nearby both the McMinnville Antiques Mall and Third Time Around Antiques is the Habitat for Humanity Restore (1040 SE 1st St.) Though not an antique store (you won’t find books or clothing), there are plenty of similar finds at this unique shop. As the commercial branch of McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity, the Restore has a quickly rotating selection of furniture, including dining sets, armchairs, side tables, shelves, and bed frames. A set of pristine adirondack chairs as well as a five-piece teak bedroom set were marked as sold and waiting to be retrieved–which is to say, the more refined pieces are liable to move quickly through this space. The Restore also has a large selection of tools, hardware and lighting fixtures from every era, tile, appliances, bicycles, and more. Open 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

Another non-antique store that made the list is New to You (238 OR-99W). This shop predominantly sells vintage and modern clothing (some even brand new with original price tags). While mostly a clothing resale shop, New to You also has a limited selection of higher end furniture pieces that range in styles and eras. Be on the lookout for unique, vintage, and retro jewelry pieces here too. Open 11 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday; 11 am – 5 pm Sunday.

A short drive out of McMinnville will take you to the notable shopping experience of the Lafayette Schoolhouse Antique Mall (748 3rd St, Lafayette) . With over one hundred vendors in this revamped 1912 schoolhouse, there’s an abundance of treasures to explore. The three large stories of this building are full of items from all price points and from around the world. The basement floor is filled wall-to-wall with furniture of all sizes at a variety of price points. This antique mall has a large collection of vintage books, holiday decor, housewares, clothing, gift items, and tools. Open 10 am – 5 pm daily.
Other notable thrift and antique shopping can be found at the Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society Thrift Store (1120 NE Lafayette Ave.), the McMinnville St. Vincent Thrift Store (435 SE Baker St.), and Goodwill (1371 OR-99W). And don’t miss the quarterly Mac Flea Market, which takes place at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds (2070 NE Lafayette Ave.)–the next event is October 13-15, 2023.

Erin Hall is a writing instructor, small business marketing coach, and author of personal essays, short stories, and historical fiction. She lives and writes in Oregon Wine Country.