Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Vintage Shop

Bearded Mermaid Bazaar

Whether you're looking for a leather coat with fringe, a tastefully mounted animal head, one-of-a-kind furniture, or even a coffin (for decorative purposes, of course), chances are you'll find anything you can dream up at Bearded Mermaid. Conveniently located at the corner of West Seventh and James Streets in St. Paul, the shop offers a treasure trove of unusual, eye-catching, and occasionally terrifying decor, and is just as much an art exhibit as it is a place to shop for vintage clothes and accessories. A quick lap through the bazaar feels like a game of time-machine bumper cars, with decades-old aluminum beer signs sharing shelf space with antique Tonka toy trucks. Several generations' worth of furniture is interspersed throughout the store, each piece telling its own unique story. The constantly rotating selection of bizarre treasures and pop-culture artifacts guarantees that no two trips inside are ever the same. Much like the items in the shop, the Bearded Mermaid is truly one of a kind.

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