Looking for antiques? Shop local!

By Kathy Oswalt-Forsythe

Schoolcraft is home to two large antique stores, both located downtown on the west side of Grand Street: the Schoolcraft Antique Mall and the Grand Antique Gallery. The extensive offerings and unique finds at each shop are worth a stop.

The Schoolcraft Antique Mall is managed by Maria Dreon Pennington, daughter of owner Sally Dreon. Pennington has managed the business for several years and has a booth of her own. The old storefront is deep. Booths fill the space on the main floor. Collections continue in the basement as well, and unlike many old Michigan basements, the large room is well lit and comfortable. Seven different collectors have booths, each offering unique pieces. Art, pottery, china, mid-century furniture, primitives and jewelry are just a sampling of the treasures a shopper can find.

A few steps away, Sue and Dan Cooley and sons Miles and Bryce own and operate the Grand Antique Gallery, the former home of Norma’s Antiques. Sue, a retired art teacher, has collected for years, and began with running booths at several shops as well as hosting barn sales at the family’s former residence. The Cooleys’ inventory is theirs, and it is varied and interesting: salvaged lockers and architectural pieces; dishware and china; furniture and books. Take a trip up the stairs to enter the cavernous space of the former Schoolcraft opera house. This alone is worth a visit! All four of the Cooleys are artists, and their work hangs in the store, with many pieces for sale.

Looking for something unique or an item to complete a collection? Give these local establishments a try.

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