What could be finer than sauntering in the Arizona sunshine from one cool, friendly shop to another, finding troves of treasures, whimsy, and history? The sixteen antique and vintage shops of Globe-Miami are clustered in the two towns’ historic districts, and most are within easy walking distance of one another. For visitors from the Valley of the Sun, a fall weekend of antiquing in Globe-Miami offers a refreshing respite from the Phoenix heat and an opportunity to explore and shop in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, rich in history.
Yesterday’s Treasures (209 Hackney Ave.) is part antique shop, part thrift store. After descending the steps to the porch, continue straight ahead on the sidewalk to the far end of the building to find the antiques. Some lovely pieces of furniture and glassware – among much more – are available here, so don’t be put off by the children’s toys and clothing in the front portion of the shop. Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 5.
A wide array of antiques and collectibles, including booths devoted to Western wear and vintage boots, country decor, kitchenware, vintage clothing and furs, and Western Americana, are to be found at the Globe Antique Mall. Hours: Monday 10:30-4:30, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30-2:30, Friday and Saturday 10:30-5:00, Sunday 12-4.
The White Porch offers vintage, antique, and handcrafted items in a shop on the ground floor of the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. The entrance is on Oak, just around the corner from the CVCA stairs. The White Porch is home of the Cornwell Copper Company, making copper ornaments and decorative items. Rose Mofford fans will not want to miss the adjacent exhibit of memorabilia from the life of this Globe native who became Arizona’s first woman governor. See facebook
The former warehouse of the Old Dominion Mercantile Company – the employer where George W. P. Hunt, Arizona’s first governor, got his start – is the home of The Pickle Barrel Trading Post (404 S. Broad). The Pickle Barrel houses 8,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, home decor, jewelry, and gifts, including American Indian art, primitives, rocks and minerals, yard art, buckskin, and leatherworking supplies. See facebook
At the far south end of the historic district, don’t miss Pretty Patty Lou’s (551 S. Broad St.): eclectic, vintage, whimsical, and elegant finds, in a blend of old and new. Wander from room to room where contemporary clothing and decor sit shoulder to shoulder with vintage and antique finds.
Hill Street Mall (383 S. Hill, open 9-5 daily) offers 8,000 square feet of shopping on two floors, plus a large room devoted to fabric. Quilters will be interested to know that Hill Street stocks discontinued fabrics and fills orders from customers from across the country to complete UFOs. The building, a former Coke Cola bottling plant, is shaped like the state of Arizona.
The shops of Miami all are clustered within a few blocks of each other in Miami’s historic district, and most are located on Sullivan Street. Sullivan runs parallel to Highway 60, one block north. Access is via Miami Avenue or Inspiration Drive off US60.
Lemonade’s Uniques (413 W. Gibson), specializing in rustics, is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 and is found one block north of Sullivan, at the east end of the historic district. Lemonade’s is named after Manuel Saenz, who lived with his wife, Elena, in this building for 70 years. Manuel was a teetotaler and always ordered lemonade instead of alcohol – hence his nickname, “Lemonade.” On the other hand, the name might also be a reference to the moonshine that was made in the basement during Prohibition.
The building that houses Gramma’s House of Antiques and Treasures, at 123 N. Miami Ave., was built in 1912 and was once Wilton’s Paint and Wallpaper. The building has living space on the second floor and is currently for sale.
Miami Rose Trading Company (at the corner of Sullivan and Miami Ave.) offers a panoply of vintage and antique items, including religious objects, primitives, and estate furniture. One corner is devoted to Asian furnishings, art, and ceramics. The building is the former offices of the Miami Silver Belt, and over the year it has also served as a mercantile and a savings and loan. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5.
Sullivan Street Antiques, at 407 W. Sullivan, offers “Arizona’s finest selection of antique furniture.” The shop is open most days from 10 to 4; call ahead at (928) 812-0025 to confirm the hours or make an appointment.
Turn the Page (409 W. Sullivan) specializes in vintage clothing and treasures, including wedding dresses, Old West collectibles, and Halloween costumes. Handbags, shoes, and jewelry complete your unique vintage outfit. The shop has an active Facebook page – but go in person to play dress-up and pose with the life-size cutout of John Wayne. Open Fridays through Sundays 11 to 5. See Facebook
At Donna by Design (413 E. Sullivan), proprietor Donna Chapman purchases vintage and antique furniture and home decor items and redesigns and repurposes them. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 to 5 and Sundays 12 to 4; also by appointment. See their facebook page for before-and-after photos of pieces, pictures from the shop, and home decoration inspiration. See facebook
Cowgirl Antiques (416 W. Sullivan) offers antiques and collectibles with a Wild West flair. Enter through the adjacent saloon.
Soda Pop’s Antiques and Soda Fountain (505 W. Sullivan, open Fridays and Saturdays 10 to 4 and Sundays 10 to 4) offers museum-quality antiques, Coke machines, gas pumps, toys, and restoration services. The building is known as the Miami Townsite building, where Cleve Van Dyke, one of the founders of Miami, had his offices in the town’s early days. The soda fountain is a replica of an early 1920’s fountain with genuine vintage fixtures and decor, serving coffee, ice cream, homemade pie, and classic sodas – a fun place to take a break from shopping and enjoy a root beer float or a slice of fresh-baked pie. See facebook
Sullivan Street Emporium (514 W. Sullivan, open Thursday to Sunday 11 to 4) is Miami’s only antiques mall, with collectibles, handmade arts, and furniture. Adjacent is an art gallery where you can view and purchase paintings by Patty Sjolin (see the article in this paper) and other local artists and photographers. The antiques mall portion of the building was a Tru Value hardware store in a previous life; the gallery portion was a men’s clothing store.
The Gypsy is the most recent addition to Miami’s antiquing scene, with a focus on unique furniture and home accessories. Proprietors Jude Brook and Kevin Hale promise to offer clean, comfortable, stylish furniture at reasonable prices. They always have fresh coffee brewing, and fresh bread on Sundays. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 to 4:30 or by appointment. The store’s website is http://thegypsy.org.
Patricia Sanders lived in Globe from 2004 to 2008 and at Reevis Mountain School, in the Tonto National Forest, from 2008 to 2014. She has been a writer and editor for GMT since 2015. She is currently traveling long-term and researching a book on dance. You can follow her writing on the website medium.com, under the pen name SK Camille.