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East Main Antiques: Where The Shopping Begins

When I first visited East Main Antiques, I was in for a surprise. The store was a lot bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside. Not only that, but I was greeted by three adorable cats. Needless to say, I immediately liked the place and its owner, Loretta Grinker.

The owner of the store, Loretta Grinker, and two of her adorable cats

Located on the corner of East Main Street and Market, this beautiful antique store marks the beginning of the downtown shopping area. Once upon a time the building housed an Automobile Dealership, then it served as a Feed Store, and after that became an Antique Mall. Loretta, who is a self-taught artist, used to rent a booth at the Feed Store Antique Mall to exhibit her paintings. Later on she brought some antiques as well, and when the opportunity presented itself she acquired the store and renamed it to East Main Antiques.

Sunrise over East Main Antiques

The front of the store always looks inviting

The store is much bigger than it looks on the outside, with spacious rooms housing lots of antiques

East Main Antiques has lots of beautiful furniture pieces on display

A room with a view: from the back of the store you can see the Missouri river

East Main Antiques has a large selection of items for the book worms and the vinyl addicts

If you love cats like me, this is just one more reason to visit the store. Loretta's helpers are very friendly and make you feel at home

Looking for a vintage outfit to wear? East Main Antiques has a wonderful collection of hats, and I had lots of fun trying them on 🙂

Loretta says that hunting for antiques can be quite addicting, and she has regular customers that are always looking for some new addition to their home decor

This unique custom-made wash bowl is an interesting combination of expensive and plain materials

Antique ornaments for the tree make for a cosy family Christmas

You can spend hours wandering around the store, stumbling upon curious salt and pepper shakers, vintage musical instruments, or all kinds of other objects from another era. Do you know what is the best part? There is a downstairs, too!

On the outside, looking in. The window of East Main Antiques promises hours of delight for the antique lover!

East Main Antiques is located on 101 East Main Street in Washington, Missouri. You can reach Loretta at eastmainantiques@sbcglobal.net or 636.390.0115. Searching for an unique Christmas gift? East Main Antiques has Gift Certificates available. Working Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 12 a.m. – 5 p.m. , closed on Monday

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


3 Responses to “East Main Antiques: Where The Shopping Begins”

  1. I love going to East Main Antiques because there is always something new and the vintage jewelry is great.

    Posted by Jane Arnold | November 22, 2011, 11:23 am


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