Winter is on the wane but spring is not yet here, so what better way to make the most of the coast than to take part in Lincoln City’s Antique and Collectibles Week, Feb. 8-17.
Whether it’s stopping in at any or all of the nine participating antique shops or bidding for something special at the Chamber of Commerce Super Action, heading to the beach in search of Japanese glass floats — specially hidden for the event — or making Valentines for a special person, there’s just about something for everyone at Antique and Collectibles Week.
Nine shops are taking part this year — Sue Bear’s Attic in Otis, and Lincoln City shops Little Antique Mall, Sea Hag Antiques, Sea the Light, The Kelp Bed, Rocking Horse Mall, Granny’s Attic, Robert’s Bookshop and Nelscott House Antiques — and the winner of a scavenger hunt at those stores will receive a free two-night stay at Chinook Winds Casino Resort Hotel, including dinner for two and two shows.
Lori Arnold, owner of Granny’s Attic and president of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, said this is the 29th year of the event. Starting off as Antique Week, the promotion added “Collectibles” to its name three years ago.
“This year our focus is Valentine’s Day,” Arnold said, noting the poster for the special week is designed as a letter to “Dear Sweetheart.”
Opening the event is the Lincoln City Chamber’s Super Auction from 5-9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Chinook’s Seafood Grill. The evening includes both silent and live auctions, a dessert dash and hearty hors d’oeuvres for $10, with money raised going to the chamber for its community activities, including helping businesses stay visible, Arnold explained.
On Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Lincoln City Cultural Center is the place to make vintage Valentines. The activity is free, with donations accepted and going to children’s charities.
And shop visitors are encouraged to stop in at all nine stores to pick up a map and get it stamped; they will be entered in the scavenger hunt drawing for the Chinook Winds package.
Weather permitting — it won’t happen if there are king tides or a sneaker wave warning — Explore Lincoln City will place 350 Japanese floats on the seven miles of coastline between Mo’s and Chinook Winds.
Arnold, who has had her antique shop in Lincoln City since 2008, said last year people stopped in during Antique and Collectibles Week from Canada, Idaho, California and Washington state, as well as Bend, Salem and the Portland Metro area. The year before last, she had 536 people walk through her doors in one day.
She said the special week was started to help locals during what is traditionally a slow business month.
“It’s a way to get people to come to the coast to enjoy what it has to offer, and to help local businesses make ends meet,” Arnold said.
Cecelia Randolph and her daughter, Stevi André, have owned Sea Hag Antiques for almost 18 months. They started out in a different Lincoln City location, but now are happy to be more visible, sharing a parking lot with the Little Antique Mall.
Randolph has been in the antique business for 35 years off and on, with stores in Sacramento, Reno and Portland area locations.
“I love being at the coast,” she said of her current shop. “It was our dream to end up at the coast and have an antique shop, and we’re living the dream.”
A bit off the beaten path, Sue Bear’s Attic on North Bank Road in Otis has been open for a year and a half. Linda and Warren Mock own the shop, which formerly was a rental house on their property.
Warren Mock noted that they have decorated each room to look like what it was in the — kitchen antiques are in the kitchen, for example, while dressers, quilts and linens are displayed in a bedroom setting. Linda Mock pointed out that one room is filled with toys, including wooden Fisher-Price items.
She has 20 consigners, who are identified by number rather than booth, allowing her to decorate the store the way she wants.
And the Sue Bear name? Linda Mock said that when they were children, her sister Marilyn would call her Sue Bear because she said she was as grouchy as a bear. Marilyn passed away 10 years ago from brain cancer, and Linda said she thought of her when it came to choosing the store name.
Helping to present this year’s Antique and Collectibles Week are the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and Explore Lincoln City.