Are you ever curious where Castle in the Country gets their furniture, artwork, and other antiques? Southwest Michigan has some of the top antique shops in the state and offers absolutely stunning “pre-loved” pieces to the Castles collection. Our guests come from near and far to see what treasures they can take home. Here are some of our local favorites!
1. Allegan Antiques Market
The Allegan Antiques Market in Southwest Michigan is one of our favorite “go-to” spots! Our royal recommendation is to spend the day there! After booking your weekend with us, enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep in one of our rooms on Saturday evening, have a full gourmet breakfast, and then head to the fairgrounds. Find your treasures, let the indoor and outdoor booths throw you back in time, and enjoy your day walking the expansive county fairground with a loved one.
Optional Royal Recommendation! After hitting the fairgrounds, we recommend heading to Salt of the Earth for dinner. Travel northwest on M-40 for 5 miles, and make a left onto M-89. After only eight more miles of driving, you’ll arrive at this rustic, local, farm-fresh eatery and bakery. Enjoy!
The market will be open from May through September on the last Sunday of each month. The market opens bright and early at 8am and closes at 4pm. The admission fee is $4, and fairgrounds food is available for you to take a break for lunch as you’re venturing through the booths. With an extraordinary history and such a huge standing in the area, we can’t help but share a little bit of the history behind this esteemed market. Keep reading to learn more!
HISTORY AND FUN FACTS ON ALLEGAN ANTIQUE MARKET
For over 40 years, the Allegan Antiques Market has been a huge draw for antique lovers and vendors alike. Located on the Allegan County Fairgrounds, it showcases hundreds of indoor and outdoor booths. To this day, it has grown and expanded from a local antique market to a statewide affair. Larry Wood and his wife Lori, owners of the show, have run many different shows around the state, but this specific show is their pride and joy.
From day one, Larry was a family man. He had his first show in June of 1978, with an entrance fee of only one dollar. During their first year of business, they held four shows, each with over 200 vendors. Are you curious how he gained 200 vendors in the first year? Before Larry ran the show, he was a fireman for the city of Grand Rapids. After meeting many people through his work as a fireman and with the help of his loving family, Larry was and continues to run a successful family business.
Fun fact! Strolling through the 200+ booths on the inside and 200+ booths on the outside, you’re bound to see Larry and Lori making their rounds. They know every vendor by name! This solid family business will live on through the three generations. It is a powerhouse antique show that will take you back in time for an entire day.
OTHER ANTIQUE SHOPS IN THE AREA
2. Garden House Antiques
Location: 6187 W D Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am – 5 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am -6 pm
Have you visited the charming Garden House Antiques? This vintage market is just down the street from the Castle…how convenient! Shop for vintage and new home accessories for your home and garden, or take home a topiary that they sell in the same space.
3. Saugatuck Antiques Pavilion
Location: 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406
Phone: (269) 857-6041
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10 am – 6 pm
Enjoy one of the best antique shopping experiences in the country at the Saugatuck Antiques Pavilion! Known as an “antique mall,” this pavilion is home to hundreds of vendors and showcases unique booths and extensive local knowledge of collectibles and antiques. Bonus: this shop is in the same building as the Saugatuck Brewery.
4. The RESALE Place
Location: 3390 Eagle Drive, Allegan, MI 49010
Hours: Mon-Fri 1 pm – 5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 5pm
Antiques, collectibles, framing, and more; The Resale Place is a great place to stop on your antiquing journey. Located just a short drive from the Castle, we recommend stopping by. Who knows what you might find?!
5. Not So Shabby
Location: 2975 W Shore Dr. Ste 100, Holland, MI
Phone: (616) 796-6980
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 11 am – 5pm
The Not So Shabby marketplace is not so shabby at all! Swing by to discover 70+ vendors and one-of-a-kind treasures all under one roof. Yes, we really are spoiled with some of the best antique markets in Michigan!
6. Murphy’s Antique Mall
Location: 321 Center St, South Haven, MI
Phone: (269) 639-1662
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am – 6 pm, Sun 1 pm – 6 pm
With two floors of antiques and collectibles and more items added before each weekend, Murphy’s Antique Mall is a great place to find a once-in-a-lifetime trinket. Our local staff here at the Castle sure does love a good antique mall!
ANTIQUES AT CASTLE IN THE COUNTRY
As you explore the common areas and guest rooms of Castle in the Country, you can’t help but notice our love of antiques, but topping our list is the furniture in The Royalty Suite and Camelot Suite. We’ve decorated these two rooms with beautiful finds.
The Royalty Suite
The Royalty Suite has a 1920s Waterfall bedroom suite – a chest of drawers and a highboy dresser featuring decorative metal handles and beveled glass mirrors.
The Camelot Suite
In the Camelot Suite, the whole room has a vintage grace that sweeps you off your feet. The East Lake vanity, paired with the beautifully carved king-size headboard and matching bench, makes quite the statement. The perfect mix of modern amenities and impressive antiques make the Camelot suite warm and welcoming.
As you explore the two magnificent buildings of our Bed and Breakfast, you will find that the 1906 Victorian Castle and the more contemporary Castle Keep are peppered with many side tables, chairs, lamps, and artwork found at Michigan’s best antique shops.
If you are an antique lover like all of us here at Castle in the Country, we promise you will find an antique in every room you enter. We are honored to showcase such pieces in our Inn. Come and explore our luxury, vintage rooms.
Updated September 2023