The cute, coastal, tourist town of Friday Harbor offers an abundance of unique gift shops, as well as restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries and museums. But that’s not all. There is also an array of distinct places selling antiques, second hand clothing and previously owned books, musical instruments, furniture, arts and crafts and odds and ends.
What distinguishes these places from your middle of the road thrift stores on the mainland are the islanders who own them. Born out of both necessity and passion, San Juan Island’s Second Hand and Antique stores treat islanders and tourists alike to otherwise hard to unique finds, awesome bargains and real treasures. Come antiquing with us!
- Funk & Junk
The licensed auctioneers and certified appraisers at Funk & Junk run one of the loveliest antique stores in the Pacific Northwest. Browse through their store on Nichols Street filled to the brim with American and Victorian furniture, glass and silverware, housewares, decorative and marine themed items, art, pottery, Native American arts & crafts and musical instruments.
“Serendipity” – “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”
In a cute Victorian house atop the ferry lanes on “A” Street find Friday Harbor’s incredible used bookstore. Peruse through rooms full of stories waiting to be told, stacked floor to ceiling or ask for something specific at the counter and the extremely knowledgeable storekeeper will find it in her computerized inventory.
- Cecil’s Electronics & Photo
This former Radio Shack on Argyle Avenue is a true island gem, offering, like the name suggests, a wide range of consumer electronic and photo equipment and services. Cecil, a local musician, also sells new and used musical instruments and accessories as well as his art. Don’t forget to sign his “guestbook”, a guitar standing outside his store.
This adorable, high end consignment store by the Farmer’s Market makes you feel just like being out with the girls. Debbie and her staff will make honest suggestions and help you select outfits and accessories for any occasion. They have a fine men’s section as well.
- Friday Harbor Fire Department Thrift House
This miniature Good Will with way better stuff is tucked behind the commercial gas station on Mullis Road. They have a large selection of clothing, as well as books, furniture, housewares and décor for incredibly low prices. Make sure to check out their Free Box.