LINCOLN CITY — Whether you’re looking for a cuckoo clock, a glass fishing float or a classic comic book, Lincoln City is the place to hunt for all sorts of antique and collectible treasures this week as part of the city’s 30th annual Antique and Collectibles Week.
The pandemic put a hold on many of the city’s usual events this year, but storeowners are still looking to capture the spirit of the citywide treasure hunt this week for locals, though things might be looking a little different.
Antique Week normally puts together events like citywide scavenger hunts, but plans for any coordinated activities like that have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some locations are still offering storewide sales, having small giveaways or opening their doors to the public this week only, however.
Even if you’re not looking to buy, local antique stores have a lot of interesting and unique merchandise on display. While commonly referred to as Antique Week, it’s just as much about collectibles, memorabilia and items from local vendors as it is antiques. From old clocks to the latest Star Wars merchandise, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone on display.
“We have a lot of nice, unique shops in this area. There’s such a variety, and if you’re collecting something, you can probably find it in one of these shops,” said Rick Milner, owner of Rocking Horse Antique Mall.
Alex Hudson, who co-owns Coast Clocks with his grandparents, has been running his store by appointment only recently, but he plans to be open to the public this week and is considering a small giveaway as well.
“Currently we do appointments only, but I’m planning to be open to the general public during the week,” Hudson said. “It won’t be changing my store up much, but people will be able to come in and see it.”
Coast Clocks deals in antique clocks and is mainly a repair shop, one of few that fill that niche on the Oregon coast, and Hudson says he often has people traveling from all over Oregon and from outside the state for his services.
Hudson has participated off and on in the annual Antique Week over the years, but said he always notices a boost in customers when the event comes around.
Granny’s Attic, known for its extensive collection of Star Wars and Studio Ghibli merchandise, is having a 15 percent off sale in celebration of Antique Week. Even if you aren’t looking to buy, staff are welcoming anyone interested to come check out the store’s collection of fully-assembled Star Wars Lego model displays.
“We have over 30 vendors and have a very eclectic choice of old stuff, new stuff, collectible stuff and one-of-a-kind stuff,” said Tanja Mackie of Granny’s Attic. “Studio Ghibli and Star Wars have always been one of the big draws to our store. ”
According to Milner, the annual organization of Antique Week can change hands from year to year, sometimes being spearheaded by specific shop owners and sometimes falling back into the hands of Explore Lincoln City. Milner himself has been involved in antique week since the very beginning, noting that his mother, June Milner, started the annual event.
“For local merchants, it’s a boost in the arm money-wise,” Milner said. “February used to be a very bad month for me money-wise, but since we started Antique Week we’ve done a lot better in these off-season months. It’s a real boost for our local economy.”
Milner said Antique Week, like other annual events, not only boosts the local antique industry, but brings in tourists that boost other industries as well. This year, however, Milner says he and other storeowners are hoping to keep it more locally focused.
“We’re not doing anything extra because of the virus. It’s just one of those years we’re going to have to sit back with it a bit,” Milner said. “Our advertising was very minimal because we want people to be able to come in, but we want to avoid tourists.”
Milner said that while Rocking Horse has had a focus on antiques in the past, he’s recently started bringing in merchandise from crafters after losing several dealers over the year due to the pandemic. “We’re renting out some spaces upstairs, and we while we want to stay with antiques and collectibles, we need to pay the rent,” he said. “A woman moving in Monday makes jewelry for example.”
Antique Week started last weekend and will run 10 days through Feb. 16. People can learn more about Antique Week and take advantage of a digital map to all participating locations by going online at www.oregoncoast.org.
Participating businesses include:
Little Antique Mall, 3128 NE Hwy 101
Output Records, 1747 NW Hwy 101
Carrousel By the Beach, 1615 NW Hwy 101
Sea the Light, 1610 NE Hwy 101
Rocking Horse Antique Mall, 1542 NE Hwy 101
Granny’s Attic, 1520 NE Hwy 101
Coast Clocks, 945 NW Hwy 101
JS Coins, 446 SE Hwy 101
Coastal Treasures, 1845 SW Hwy 101
Nelscott House Antiques, 3200 SE Hwy 101
Robert’s Bookshop, 3412 SW Hwy 101
North By Northwest Books & Antiques, 6334 SE Hwy 101 (541-994-3087)
Pop Culture Collectables, 6334 SE Hwy 101
The Second Coming, 6334 SE Hwy 101