BEST USED FURNITURE (VINTAGE) Minneapolis 1999 -
For more than a decade, Antiques Minnesota has been the vintage furniture emporium of choice for hard-core I've-been-looking-for-this-bedroom-set-all-my-life! shoppers. The weekday hours here pretty much preclude casual perusing by the first-shift working class (10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Tuesday), but the sheer volume of merchandise, with some 90 dealers plying their wares, makes the lunchtime trip worth it (or try Saturday, 10:00-5:00, or Sunday, 12:00-5:00). Housed in three vast rooms (the place used to be a car dealership), the coolest items range from turn-of-the century collectibles for big spenders--Victorian beds, roll-top desks, Queen Anne dining sets--to 2001 '60s-mod couches for middle-income hipsters. (For those dragged along on the chair hunt, the place sells its share of Beanie Babies, Depression glass, Tonka trucks, and vintage jewelry, too, so quit pouting.) If you're not up to actually shelling out the $3,000 for an 1880s mission buffet, you can at least smell and feel the wood, getting a tactile impression of centuries past that photographs could never capture.