It’s time once again for the Vintage Crawl presented by the Two Rivers Vintage Collective!
This year 8 shops along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers are participating; five in Stillwater, two in Afton, and one in Hastings.
The Crawl takes place from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7. Crawl hours: Thursday 10 -7, Friday & Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12 -5.
Doing the Crawl is a great way to spend a day. Especially if you love vintage, repurposed, chippy, rusty, shabby, one of a kind items for your home!
I suggest starting in Stillwater and working your way south, or reverse that and start in Hastings and work your way north. If starting on the Stillwater end, may I suggest beginning at Apron Chicks.
Apron Chicks is a vintage home/accessory occasional sale operated out of a charming little cabin at Bergmann’s Greenhouse & Farm Market (12239 62nd Street N, Stillwater) just north of highway 36 off Manning Avenue.
It is super simple to head from there to Reclaiming Beautiful at 216 Myrtle St. W in Stillwater.
Just head north on Manning and take a right on Myrtle. Reclaiming Beautiful is about 2.5 miles east on the left hand side next to the Post Office. Reclaiming Beautiful is all about taking old pieces of furniture and making them beautiful again. Their inventory is always changing; painted furniture, vintage, home decor and pretty things! You will love their prices! They are open every week from Thursday through Sunday.
Next, continue heading east down Myrtle and take a left on 2nd Street to visit the Strawberry Patch at 217 2nd Street N, Unit 2, Stillwater.
Once upon a time three friends, one blonde, one brunette, and one red head, were looking for a way to incorporate their love of vintage, shabby chic, crafting and of course shopping. They decided that the red head should start a business so she opened the Strawberry Patch. Katie is joined by an ever growing group of vendors in her shop on 2nd Street.
It’s easy to head from the Strawberry Patch over to Main Street and visit both My Sister’s Cottage at 226 Main Street S and Mama’s Happy at 324 Main Street S.
The owners of My Sister’s Cottage, sisters Terry and Diane, have long loved the cottage aesthetic. In 2014, they decided it was time to share that love so they opened their shop in downtown Stillwater.
My Sister’s Cottage is truly an ode to “cottage style”. Terry and Diane run their shop in a different manner than most, everything you see in their shop has been found, restored and painted by either Terry or Diane. There are no additional vendors contributing to their vintage look! Their division of labor falls perfectly into their passions. Terry is the furniture/accessories picker and stager and Diane is the painter, sign maker, jewelry maker and general handy-woman!
Mama’s Happy is a hip little boutique featuring fabulous, one-of-a-kind repurposed and vintage merchandise crafted by local artisans using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. It’s located in the Grand Garage.
Come to be inspired and get all the supplies to create your own or let them do the hard work and buy an already finished unique piece to take home.
You might just be starving after visiting all five of these shops, so now would be a good time to get a bite to eat in Stillwater. If you consider yourself a ‘foodie’ I’d recommend Marx Wine Bar and Grill on Main Street. It’s not cheap, but the food is amazing (note: they are not open on Sunday). If you want something a little faster and cheaper, how about checking out Tin Bins (just across the way on Nelson). They have some great sandwiches!
After lunch head south on highway 95 to Afton and enjoy the scenery along the St. Croix River.
In Afton you can park once and visit both The Foundry on the St. Croix at 3290 St. Croix Trail S and dwell. at 3192 St. Croix Trail S.
The Foundry on the St. Croix is a hidden gem.
You’ll find amazing vintage inspired pieces carefully curated for your viewing pleasure.
dwell. is home to 20+ vendors specializing in salvaging, re-finishing, re-purposing, re-envisioning vintage furniture and home decor. They are normally open every Saturday, plus the last Thursday to Sunday of each month.
Their inventory is always changing!
From Afton, it’s only another 20 minutes down the road to Hastings. I recommend taking St. Croix Trail south because it’s a gorgeous, winding, picturesque route. Once in Hastings, head for Eye Candy REfind at 218 2nd Street E.
Stop in for reimagined, vintage, repurposed and handmade furniture, home decor and gifts!
And now you’ve completed the entire crawl!
Be sure to turn in your completed Vintage Crawl card at the last shop you visit to submit your name for the prize drawings.