Uncovering Hidden Treasures

At Niagara’s Antique Shops

By Gabrielle Tieman
We all love to strike shopping gold. Whether it be by finding a trinket from the past that takes us down memory lane, uncovering a long sought after addition to a collection or uncovering a really unique statement piece of furniture that will spark conversation for years in your home; we all love uncovering hidden treasures.
Whether you’re an antique collector or just looking to live out your Antique Roadshow dreams, Niagara’s antique markets have enough hidden treasures to keep you digging for gold for at least a whole weekend.
With the holidays fast approaching you may be able to discover the perfect one-of-a-kind gift at any one of these unique treasure-troves.
Lakeshore Antiques and Treasures
855 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON | lakeshoreantiques.ca
Located in the heart of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lakeshore Antiques and Treasures is just as packed full of history as the town it calls home. With an upcoming milestone 20th anniversary to be celebrated in 2015, the co-op antique business only has plans to grow and expand for their clientele. Currently boasting 16 rooms and over six thousand square feet of one-of-a-kind collectibles, modern art, antique furniture and retro riches, this collaborative effort by multiple antique dealers has formed a treasure hunters dream; transporting any antique dealer or resident looking to dig for gold back into the past with one fell swoop.
“We carry literally everything,” said Louise Lidstone, a member of the Lakeshore Antiques and Treasure team since 2004. “Everything from one dollar handkerchiefs and cookie cutters to pieces over one thousand dollars. We carry a broad price range and unique products that help us stand away from other antique malls.”
Each room is filled to the brim; with table tops, shelves, nooks, crannies and every available space overflowing with china, books, depression and pressed glass, coins, linens, silver, vintage toys, antique furniture, military paraphernalia and statement items to make your home truly unique. Though it may feel overwhelming, getting lost in this store is part of the experience and a trip into the past you will not want to miss.
Lidstone says although they have lots of similar products, everything is unique in its own way – a characteristic of a true antique store.
“Each room carries copycats,” said Lidstone. “If someone brings an item in and it sells right away, usually there are three other people coming in with similar stock the next day. But this way everyone is bound to find something they like within similar objects.”
Lakeshore Antiques and Treasures is open year round, seven days a week. Special pricing and promotions will be available during their anniversary. The store offers free parking and wheelchair accessibility for tour groups and all customers.
Niagara Coin and Collectibles
4936 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON | niagaracoinandcollectibles.com
A staple to Niagara’s collector community, Niagara Coin and Collectibles has been helping fill coin collections with unique pieces for over 27 years. Located in downtown Niagara Falls, the matchless shop is also known as one of the best pawnshops in the area – their resident pawn master John Kantymir was even featured on Pawnathon Canada broadcast through the History Channel. But this is more than a typical cash for gold pawnshop and coin collecting hot spot; with experts on hard to buy and sell quality items, shoppers and collectors alike are bound to find high quality jewelry and watches, historic artifacts and war relics, electronics and hundreds of rare and unique gifts and artifacts. Where else can you find a rare Star Wars figurines nestled next to a binder of century old stamps?
If you are an appreciator of modern and historic cameras, Niagara Coin and Collectibles has amassed a wide variety of classic antiques to modern day digitals for photography appreciators.
Niagara Coin and Collectibles also offer appraisals to anyone curious of the worth of a possession.
Forum Galleries
2017 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON | forumgalleries.com
Located in the heart of wine country, Forum Galleries and Antiques has become a destination of choice for interior designers and antique connoisseurs.  Owned by experienced appraiser and antique dealer Leon Perel since 2001, the store holds rekindled treasures from around the world just waiting for the perfect home to compliment.
Operating with the mission “To build not the largest, but the best antique business,” Forum Galleries has chosen to not only offer antiques and specialty items for sale, but round the experience with an educated staff to suit your other home decorating and collecting needs. Offering an in-house interior designer, consignment opportunities, on and off site appraisals, selling assistance and Turnkey auctions, Forum Galleries’ team has a solution to every selling and purchasing question.
If you happen to be a rarity and don’t find what you’re looking for in the shop, Forum Galleries has stayed true to their name and offered those who don’t find what they are looking for the opportunity to register specific items into an online waiting list. By visiting the My Forum section on their website, shoppers can enter in the specific items they are searching for and they will be notified upon its arrival into stores; saving you scouting trips all over town.
Antiques on the Ridge
3474 Garrison Rd. Ridgeway, ON | antiquesontheridge.com
Offering superior items at affordable prices, family owned and operated Antiques on the Ridge is an old-world antique haven tucked away in quaint Ridgeway. A quality vendor of North American and European restored home-ready furniture, estate jewelry, vanity items, glassware, china and more since 2011, owners Lori and Tal Taylor have made their retirement project into a thriving business; utilizing their antiquing experience to create a successful, one-of-a-kind shop.
Apart from the customary antiques items they offer, Antiques on the Ridge offers a diverse selection of antique wall clocks, stained glass windows, wrought iron furniture and industrial items not typically found in traditional antique stores.
Another unique addition to the store is their Wish Book catalogue allowing buyers to let the Taylors’ know exactly what they are looking for. If they cannot accommodate the demand, the Taylor’s website explains that they will try their hardest to locate your sought after treasures. They also offer gift certificates to those looking for the perfect gift for a collector in your life.
S&B Antique Gallery
3836 Main Street, Jordan Village, ON | sbantiquegallery.com
If you would sell your soul for vintage fine furniture, S&B Antique Gallery will be your new home away from home. Open seven days a week in quaint Jordan Village inside the Niagara Peninsula, this one-of-a-kind store is the perfect combination of chic and affordable.
Specializing in fine furnishings with an emphasis on European and French styles, all of the furniture is hand selected from across the globe and goes through a rigorous cleaning and waxing process before being placed for sale. Specific styles that frequent the store include Louis XV, Louis XVI, French Country, Louis Philippe, Dutch Deco and traditional American and come in a variety of woods including walnut, oak, mahogany and rosewood.  The condition and style of each piece is ensured to be top-notch so customers can feel confident that they are leaving with the best of the best.
Apart from the furniture S&B offers vintage jewelry, Royal Doulton figurines, various antiques and lighting fixtures.
For a sampling of their every changing stock visit their website for a smattering of the products they offer.

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