10 Best Antique Shops in Tucson: Where to Hunt for Vintage Treasures

Tucson is known for its long and rich history as an Old West outpost, so it's no surprise that the city is home to an eclectic selection of antique stores boasting loads of vintage gems. Copper Country Antiques tops our list because it's hard to beat the sheer breadth of vintage finds at this bustling antique mall. With over 250 dealers under one roof, along with 32,000 square feet of shopping under one roof and personal shopping services, chances are you'll discover a new favorite treasure at Copper Country Antiques. The recently opened Buffalo Trading Post is another great resource for unique finds, especially if you're looking for vintage western wear. If you're searching for hard to find high-end antique furnishings and architectural elements, head to Designers Craft in Tucson, where you'll find everything from antique doors to turn-of-the-century moldings. Tucson's unique Southwestern history makes this one of the best cities in the country to find quality Native American, Mexican, and Spanish Colonial goods. Morning Star Traders is one of the city's top dealers in quality antique Southwestern jewelry, American Indian pots, rugs & blankets, baskets and artwork. Another great resource is Michael D. Higgins & Son Antique Indian Art, one of the city's top dealers in antique Native American and Southwestern art. 

10 Another Man's Treasure
Another Man's Treasure specializes in quality used furniture and miscellaneous household items. This Tucson antique store has been family owned and operated since 1975, making it one of the oldest antique stores in town. The secret to this shop's success is the large selection of used furniture and antiques. Need a china hutch, antique sofa, painted coffee table or Tiffany lamp? Another Man's Treasure is a treasure trove of antiques and vintage finds, and chances are you'll find the perfect item to spruce up your home. What if you want to sell your antiques? As the shop's name, your junk just might be somebody else's treasure. Ask the friendly staff to make a bid on your items. ((520) 881-5288)

9 Verde Traders
Verde Traders is a unique antique mall specializing in new and used furniture, antiques, and collectibles. If you're looking for that perfect vintage sofa or framed piece of art, Verde Traders is one of Tucson's best destinations for high quality used furnishings and decorative accessories. If you're the type of shopper who will search high and low for just the right vintage find, Verde Traders is made for you. New items come in daily, and the store keeps a policy of aggressive and flexible pricing, so many items don't last long. The store posts much of its daily inventory online, making it easy for shoppers to see what's new inside the store. (520-327-6466)

8 Buffalo Trading Post
Buffalo Trading Post is the sophisticated "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange, Tucson's popular buy-sell-trade clothing boutique. The store specializes in clothes and fashion accessories for sophisticated women, carrying brands like Coldwater Creek and Chicos. Looking to add a bit of vintage cowboy chic to your wardrobe? You'll find a good selection of fashionable jeans, boots, hats and other cowboy wear. For men, the store carries vintage Hawaiian shirts and Western wear. Mexican imports, cute outdoor furniture and mid-century housewares also make this a destination for the discerning antique shopper. The store is located at the Cat Mountain Station in far west Tucson, which makes it a convenient stopping point if you're on the way to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. (520-578-0226)

7 Annabell's Attic
Annabell's Attic is one of Tucson's finest purveyors of quality home furnishings, antiques, glassware, artwork, collectibles, home accessories, estate and fine jewelry. This antique shop has been in business since 1991 and has been voted the best "Antique & Collectible Store" by Tucson Weekly several times. The stock at Annabell's Attic consists of 30 percent new merchandise, 50-60 percent gently used merchandise, and 10-20 percent antique items. Come here for one of the largest selections of china, silver, and crystal in the Tucson area, with over 100 china cabinets full of estate jewelry, collectibles, china, stemware, sterling, cut glass, and figurines. With over 20,000 square feet of home accessories, chances are you'll find something beautiful for your home. ((520) 571-8400)

6 Designers Craft
The owner of Designers Craft, Michael Midkiff, travels the world in search of finely crafted, visually arresting furniture and architectural elements. He has particularly beautiful items from India, China and Thailand, including moldings and doors. Occasionally, old pieces are crafted into new furniture -- an antique pillar may serve as a decorative part of a newly built bookcase, for example. Other finds in the shop include marble fireplace surrounds, wooden pots, tables and benches. Visits are also available by appointment. Come here to find high quality, unique antique furnishings crafted from teak, rosewood, mahogany and satinwood, as well as hard to find architectural elements such as antique pillars, shutters, doors, balcony rails, and windows. (520-629-9711)

5 Michael D. Higgins & Son Antique Indian Art
Michael Higgins has an eye for Native American art and antiques, honed over many years and countless travels. As a Charter Member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association, Higgins is a top dealer in authentic Southwestern treasures. Some of the treasures you'll find include a circa 1880 beaded Cheyenne pipebag, circa 1910 Hopi katsina doll, and even some pre-Columbian pottery have graced the shelves of his shop. Demand far exceeds supply in this business, but new things turn up frequently, so there's no telling what treasures you'll discover. Higgins also offers an appraisal service for older American Indian items, Pre-Columbian Art, Mexican Antiques, Spanish Colonial items, and early Arizona and Western Paintings. Worth a stop for serious collectors of Native American, Mexican and Spanish Colonial antiques. (520-577-8330)

4 Morning Star Traders
Morning Star Traders is one of the oldest and well-respected dealers of antique American Indian art and Spanish Colonial furniture in Tucson. Centrally located on Speedway Boulevard, Morning Star Traders carries a huge selection of antique, contemporary Southwestern jewelry, turquoise jewelry, American Indian pots, rugs & blankets, baskets and artwork. Morning Star Traders also carries one of the largest selections of Colonial Spanish furniture in the state. If you're a lover of authentic Southwestern, Mexican and Native American arts and crafts, furniture and artisanal goods, head straight to Morning Star Traders next time you're in Tucson. (520-881-2112)

3 Christine's Antiques
This family owned and operated antique shop is a collector's paradise with over 200,000 items in stock on any given day. You'll find toys, Western products, and huge collection of both antique and collectible dolls. Jewelry, art glass, silver, paintings, antique furniture, linens, glassware, classic advertisements, China, clocks, crystal are also well-represented here. With over 50 years in the business, Christine's Antiques is one of the oldest continually run, family-owned antique stores in town, popular for its diverse selection of unique vintage finds with items ranging in price from $1.00 to thousands. The shop is fun to browse and perfect for lovers of vintage goods. (520-323-0018)

2 American Antique Mall
For more than 10 years, this antique mall has provided the good folks of Tucson with art and antiques from more than 100 consigners. The large space is packed full of great finds, from pre-Columbian pottery to first edition books to Staffordshire plates. This being Arizona, there's plenty of Western memorabilia and cowboy ephemera, plus a smattering of antique photos and jewelry. The mall is approximately 7,500 square feet with cool air conditioning in the summer months and wide tiled aisle ways are wheelchair friendly. The store offers a 60 day lay-a-way plan for more expensive items. American Antique Mall is also Tucson's only pet-friendly antique mall. (520-326-3070)

1 Copper Country Antiques
Copper Country Antiques in Tucson is one of the city's largest and most vibrant antique malls featuring 32,000 square feet of shopping. There are plenty of treasures and bargains to be found at Copper Country Antiques in Tucson. Whether you are searching for vintage comic books, western Americana, musical instruments, antique furniture, glassware, crystal, sterling, fine china or 1950s era kitchen accessories, the staff at this venerable Tucson antique mall is knowledgeable, helpful, and always charming. Copper Country antique mall has over 250 antique dealers under one roof, making this a great place to wander, explore and spend the afternoon with a favorite shopping buddy. (520-326-0167)

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.

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