On the hunt for a charming piece of art or home decor? Repurposed, recycled, and restored items are full of character and make a fabulous addition to any room while helping keep the Earth a happier place. Browse these boutiques bursting with one-of-a-kind pieces.
(If you’re looking strictly for antiques, check out these shops.)
The Flying Pig, Bellaire
A quaint little shop in the heart of Bellaire, the Flying Pig transforms repurposed windows, barn wood, and other items into one-of-a-kind home decor. The fun shop name came about when the owners Shelly Dayton and Terry Coates found a beaten up pig decor item in the trash. They glued it back together and hung it from the ceiling. When they opened the store in 2016, they knew it had to be named “The Flying Pig,” and locals are already calling this place a “must stop” attraction.
The Red Dresser, Traverse City
With a new, more spacious location on South Airport Road, people are flocking to see the mix of new and old at The Red Dresser. The ever-changing collection features more than 55 local artists and everything you find is truly one-of-a-kind. This Saturday, June 10, their annual spring barn sale is happening at Rainbow of Hope Farm in Kingsley from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. As they say at The Red Dresser, “Save the world, buy vintage.”
Thirty local vendors are featured at this center of creativity. Two years in the making, Redeemed offers homemade candy, soap, and maple syrup along with a wide variety of repurposed and handcrafted items, clothes, furniture, and decor. The store does custom painting and woodwork jobs upon request. They also have a classroom for different paint and art classes.
Deer Creek Junk, East Jordan
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The visionaries behind the Deer Creek Junk store take objects that are seemingly worthless and give them new life. Owner Karen Brennan was previously a mechanical engineer and now focuses her talents in design with a different medium, creating functional art out of junk.
Chestnut Hollow, Maple City
Though a small store, Chestnut Hollow packs a lot of pieces onto the floor: custom-made furniture, handmade rag rugs, needlepoint pillows, baby afghans, notecards, and man-sized rock sculptures.
Urban Diversions, Traverse City
From custom construction to remodeling, Dale Campbell, president of Urban Diversions, does it all. While the majority of the pieces are new, this store has an exclusive green VinModern Design, featuring furniture built in Michigan from reclaimed wood with a modern-day look.