Antiquing in historic downtown Globe and Miami never fails to fill a weekend with adventure and surprise. From vintage porcelain figurines to a carved oak rocking chair, a roaring 20s fringed flapper dress or a 1950s tin windup carousel toy, you never know what you might find. The people you meet and the historic buildings you’ll see only add to the richness of the experience.
First stop is Grandma’s House of Antiques and Treasures at 123 N. Miami Ave., just off the highway as you turn into historic downtown Miami. Built in 1912, it once housed Wilton’s Paint and Wallpaper. Now Sammy, the cat, sits proprietarily on the counter keeping an eye on his realm of treasures. Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 to 5.
After Grandma’s House, you can walk across the little arched bridge over the creek to the recently opened Inspired by Time at 51 N. Miami Ave. With a vintage boutique feel in the very quaint and cute historic Deanda’s Grocery, there you’ll find pretty vintage collectibles for gifts and home. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and Sunday, 12 to 3.
At the corner of Miami Ave. and Sullivan St. is Miami Rose Trading Post. Selling all sorts of interesting antiques since 2001, it is located in the 1915 Savings and Loan building. As you walk in the door you’ll see the old bank vault, as big as a small room, now a shrine of catholic relics and prints. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 5, sometimes on Friday. Call (928) 473-2949 for more information.
A few doors down is Sullivan Street Antiques at 407 W. Sullivan Street, open 9 to 4 Saturday and Sunday. Owner Dick Baker continues to use a 1920s cash register with a cash drawer that opens with a crank, and the maximum cash amount it can register goes no higher than $9.99. Like so many buildings in historic downtown Globe and Miami, the second floor of the 1913 building served as a brothel in wilder days. Prostitution in Miami was, if not legal, prevalent, until 1962, when a local business owner blatantly advertised massage services by “women attendants only” in the local phone directory. This created a community outrage, the telephone directories were “recalled” and reprinted, and the business was closed.
Across the street is Cowgirl Antiques at 416 Sullivan St. Entrance to the store is through the Wild Horses Saloon, and the store is open seven days a week from 9 am until the bar closes. Built before 1915, it was the first two-story building on Sullivan Street and today boasts of being the only antique store that has its own saloon. (PHOTO)
Donna by Design at 501 Sullivan Street has a nice selection of lightly restored vintage furniture. Donna calls herself a “rescuer of furnishings and other treasures – old and new.” Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sundays, 12 to 4.
Next stop would be Soda Pop’s soda fountain at 503 Sullivan Street, where 50s music is playing on the jukebox and you can enjoy an ice cream float and a good old-fashioned slice of apple pie. Open on the weekends, it was originally a cigar and confectionary store with a Western Union office upstairs. While there, don’t miss the 1860 soda fountain made of solid marble with silver fixtures.
Next door is Soda Pop’s Antiques, with a whimsical one-of-a-kind statue of a French Fries Man at the entrance. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 11 to 4. Built in 1914, the second floor was where the founder of Miami, Cleve Van Dyke, had his real estate and town development offices. An interesting bit of Miami trivia: In the booming copper mining community of the early 1900’s, residential and commercial properties were sold to a depth of 40 feet, leaving the deeper earth in ownership of the mines for future mining opportunities.
Yesterday’s Treasures Antique Shop and Collectibles at 209 Hackney Ave., just behind Art and Soul on Broad Street, is open six days a week, 9 to 5ish, closed on Sunday. Owners Myrtle and Eddie Means sell good-condition secondhand clothes and toys in the front section of the store, and the back section includes all kinds of interesting glass and kitchenware, vintage clothing, dolls, furniture and more. “If you need something, just holler,” says Eddie, with an accent from Arkansas that is slow like molasses as he goes out in the yard to finish repairing a vintage piece of furniture for the store. Built in 1914 as a boardinghouse for railroad employees, the shop is nestled next to the railroad tracks. The Arizona Eastern Railroad reached Globe in 1899, passing through the difficult mountainous terrain and making large-scale mining in the area possible.
Hill Street Mall at 393 S. Hill St. was built in 1916 and, interestingly, was built in the shape of Arizona. It was originally a Payn’ Takit grocery store, which merged with Safeway in 1928. After Safeway, it was a Chevrolet dealership, then a Coca-Cola bottling plant, then Johnny’s Trading Post, then the Country Corner, and today the Hill Street Mall. With so much history, a few ghosts may still be wandering around the old building. Sometimes you can hear gentle footsteps in the upper level, and there’s a stuffed toy bunny that seems to move to different places in the store without explanation. The store has a large collection of every sort of antique and also has a wide selection of fabrics. Open Wednesday through Friday 10 to 3, Saturday 10 to 4, and Sunday 11 to 3. (
The Globe Antique Mall at 171 W. Mesquite St. is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 3, Friday and Saturday 10:30 to 4, and Sunday 12 to 3. It’s located in the old Elks Lodge, which has been given the curious distinction by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not of being the tallest three-story building in the world. It was built in 1910, and the story goes that the contractor ordered too many bricks, so rather than waste bricks, they built very high ceilings. The store carries a wide selection of antiques and collectibles, large and small.
Turning the Page Vintage and Western Apparel is located at 274 N. Broad St., open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5. Owner Cindy Philips’s love of old movies is what sparked her interest in vintage clothing, and her love of old Westerns is what sparked her passion for western wear. So, whether it’s Scarlett O’Hara, Clark Gable or John Wayne that tickles your fancy, you’ll have loads of fun looking through the racks. Cindy doesn’t know the history of the building, but she does know that under the floorboards, during a 70s renovation, old movie posters and beer bottles were found – relics from cinema and beer-drinking cowboys for this vintage store.
The Pickle Barrel at 404 S. Broad St. is a “nearly everything” store, including vintage collectibles. There you will also find Apache and Navaho jewelry and crafts, camp dresses, mocassins, cowboy hats, yard art, books, rocks and minerals, copper art, Mata Ortiz pottery, raw leather for leather craft, beads, Pendleton products and more. Built in 1905 as a warehouse for the railroad, the west side borders the railroad tracks, the opposite side on Broad Street, making it easy to unload mining equipment and mercantile goods from freight cars to storage and then reload wagons or trucks on the street side through large ports with sliding wood doors. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5:45, Sunday, 11 to 5.
After living in Israel for 35 years Libby Rooney arrived in Globe where she manages the Chrysocolla Inn, writes and performs Spoken Word Poetry and enjoys the good life of small town, Arizona. Her focus for GMT is covering the Arts and Creative culture of Globe-Miami.