Belle Junque at 474 Cleveland Ave. S. in St. Paul is a little shop that’s big on European style. There are fun, French-looking accessories mixed in with lovely antique furniture. The mood is clean, fresh, and spare with punches of color and character. If this is the look you like, it’s worth the drive from Minneapolis – or North Dakota! Belle Junque is open until 8 PM today, 10-5 Fri-Sat, and 12-4 Sunday.
Antique Alley at 218 Central Ave. in Osseo has a classic all American vibe. There are beautiful wooden tables, cabinets with faded or peeling paint (truly shabby), and accessories reminiscent of Mom’s or Grandma’s house. Clean and comfortable might describe this store which is open Fri-Sat 9-5 and Sunday 12-4. If you want more choices in the northwest suburbs, try 2 Birds Antique Emporium (not far from Osseo off 85th St) or The French Flea in Anoka; both are open this weekend. Happy saling!