Once you find a parking space in downtown Buffalo, head for the nearest shop where you can pick up a map highlighting occasional shops and other retail stores. Most are clustered in a two-block area on either Central or 1st Avenue. There’s some shabby and some vintage, but in many of the shops it’s hard to tell the repurposed from the imports. The photos will give you a glimpse of a few vintage, rustic and recycled pieces. From the downtown center, it’s a short drive to Soo Lane where you’ll find two shops which epitomize occasional sales. Second Hand Rose (now rebranding itself as SHR) is the original occasional store in Minnesota (and perhaps the US) yet it is on the cutting edge with clever staging and attractive home decor. The twig chandelier is just one example of a unique item in SHR. Next door is THIS & THAT which has a huge selection of antique, refinished, and generally old stuff at reasonable prices. (You can also go to Soo Lane by turning south off Hwy 55 at Culver’s).
Buffalo is a great small town for shopping especially on the first weekend when the occasional shops are open. Happy saling!
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