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Antiquing Made Fun at the Seattle Antiques Market
Deep in the heart of downtown Seattle, just a few feet from the waterfront, the Seattle Antiques Market is nestled between the Seattle Aquarium and the Pike Street Hill Climb in a non-descript warehouse on Alaskan Way. It’s pretty easy to find (with the added plus of plenty of parking). You just need to look for the loading dock jam-packed with all sorts of cool stuff on it—and the giant otter.
Owned and operated by Ken Eubank since 1978 (it started out as a gift shop but quickly morphed in an antiques outlet), the store was originally only 500 square feet. Now it’s over 6,000 square feet and still growing. A haven for heirlooms and unusual ephemera from both the 19th and 20th Centuries, it’s a cool-hunters paradise specializing in 20th Century furniture and collectibles.
Living by the motto “antiquing is fun,” Eubanks and his crew are always on the lookout for cool stuff, whether it be old movie reels (they have those by the boxful), motor boat engines or a beloved banjo, they can steer you in the right direction to find that one item that might’ve eluded you at other old-school outlets.
Eubank believes antiquing should be “fun for the whole family.” That’s why you’ll see lots of toys as well as “Elliott,” the world's largest stuffed otter just outside the front door. According to this world-class collector, Eubank says the coolest thing in the store right now is “The Majestic Bowler,” a 13-foot fully restored bowling game. Other items you might find include all sorts of decommissioned Seattle street signs as well as stuff that could be considered “future antiques.”
“From this decade I think people are going to collect first generation electronics and advertising,” says Eubanks, who is a bit of an “antique” himself by refusing to keep a modern cash register in his store.
Eubank loves Seattle, especially “the people, the scenery and the walk-ability” and often recommends his customers check out Seattle’s latest tourist attraction, The Great Wheel, as well as other nearby visitor-friendly spaces including Myrtle Edwards Park, the Seattle Aquarium and Highway 99 Blues Club.
So what’s not for sale? “The 1961 Schwinn Corvette bicycle hanging near the front of the shop,” says Eubank. “I wanted it in sixth grade. My best friend had one. And now I do too.”
Seattle Antiques Market is open daily 10 am to 6 pm, 1400 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98101. 206-623-6115. For more information or to look at items for purchase visit www.seattleantiquesmarket.com