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Yakima Vintages & Other Collectibles

The Yakima Valley, long famous for its rich varietals of reds and whites (including the new Lembergers and Syrah's) made at over 30 local wineries, has also a quiet industry of merchants offering vintage furnishings and collectibles.

You'll never know what you'll find in the dozens of shops that cater to the home furnisher or arts and crafts fancier. Whether renovating from top to bottom, or simply wanting a distinctive piece to mark the entrance way, the Yakima Valley has some little known treasure troves, including Fiddlesticks, Houses and Hedges, Yesterdays Village, The Picket Fence, Green Gables, Shopkeeper Ltd, and Country Crossings General Store. These are filled to the brim with gifts and authentic pickings from attics, barns, mountain cabins and even the tool shed. No ordinary tool shed, mind you. Tool sheds here are large and full of farm implements, as this region is the country's fifth largest vegetable and fruit producer.

For those who appreciate hand-crafted details or the beauty of simple wood, there's rough-hewn furniture and all manner of fixtures that Grandma would think as plain old, but to the younger homemaker, are touches of quiet beauty calming a frenzied household.

Relics of farm life include apple-drying racks, pantry boxes, wash buckets, claw foot bathtubs, painted earthenware, and hand-crafted mantles.

On a bargain hunt, you could rescue old wooden tables, distressed from use and enriched with age, or metal gratings tarnished to perfection. It's not uncommon to find artifacts from old dairies, including milk and butter churns, or agricultural relics to liven up the garden.

Looking for a pedestal for a coffee table or planter? Architectural remnants are sitting in corners. Buy furniture in the rough to retool into objects for today's living. Discover carefully preserved notions and linens once part of Grandma's trousseau, or quirky lampshades with turn-of-the-century brocade tassels, fine quilting fabrics, teddy bears and dolls.

From Americana to elegant simplicity found in the Amish Collection store, Yakima is definitely a place for a "find."




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