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Destination: Lincoln City

Continued from front page: City provides sumptuous meals. “It’s always packed so I know the food is good,” she said.

The Otis Café burned down almost two years ago. The owners bought out an old antique store and is now relocated in the Taft district of Lincoln City.

At the far-South end of Highway 101 at the farthest sound end of the city, you’ll find Streetcar Village where there is a covey of stores focused on antique and vintage items.

If you’re a lover of old books and antiques, be sure to check out North by Northwest Books and Antiques where Dan Duval can help you find that special edition for your reading pleasure. Sprinkled among the many books are a variety of antiques and the store also houses a collection of antique medical and apothecary items that provide a window into the past.

Greeting everyone at 101 Inspirations is a rare life-size Betty Boop statue. She invites collectors to a shop there, which has been a going concern for two decades. Kim Laughlin notes, “She’s been our local floozy for 20 years.”

Kim and Rick have owned the shop for the last five years and the shop’s motto is “Memories, Music, and Magic,” which gives you insight into its content. In addition to a great selection of glassware, including a nice collection of Uranium Glass, they have a 1940s Victor Model V bubble gum machine.

Nearby at MnK’s Things You Desire, Marcia Novak says you’ll find a large selection of vintage items with a few antiques mixed in for good measure.

One of their prime antiques is a 1921 Victrola, which comes complete with 25-plus single-sided platters and extra bamboo needles. If you’d like to hear sounds from the 1920s, ask her to spin one for you.

At Inside the Second Coming, Cameron LeClair says they have a nice selection of glassware and ceramics. They also have a fine collection of records and CDs.

Driving north you’ll run into Nelscott House, where Jeannie Clink has 1,500 square feet chocked full of all kinds of collectible and vintage glassware.

“For us, it’s all about treasures any family would want – perhaps something that reminds them of their old family home,” she said.

In addition to Fenton Glassware, you’ll also find a robust collection of Uranium Glass, some of which dates back to the 1800s. One of the niche areas Clink and her Nelscott House specialize in is Disneyana – everything from Mickey Mouse to Snow White.

Clink, who’s owned Nelscott House for 17 years, says the restaurant at the Inn at Spanish Head is great for Oysters and suggests Pier 101 for a great Prime Rib dinner.

A bit further north, on the other side of the road you’ll find Beach Bum Vintage. It focuses on upscale vintage and gallery prints at competitive prices. Included are curiosities, decor, small furniture, antiques, jewelry, collectibles, vintage paintings and beach treasures.

Next on your northbound trek is the Little Antique Mall, which just celebrated its 23rd anniversary. Dan Beck, one of the owners, said the store has 15,000 square feet and houses 65 vendors.

Beck believes Little Antique Mall offers a broad variety of collections, which draws an equally expansive range of clientele. In addition to a wide range of vintage and collectible goods, Beck notes they have a great selection of tools and fishing gear.

“Often times we’ll see husbands come into the store with their spouses, maybe grumbling a bit and then wind up spending more than their wives,” he noted.

Beck, like many in the land of Lincoln City, enjoys spending time at any one of the beaches along the 7.5 miles of shore. H he said when visiting, be sure to take in the The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, a one acre parcel, developed between 1973 and 1993 by Constance P. Hansen. Connie was an enthusiastic gardener, plant collector and artist, and loved Irises. The Conservancy was formed to ensure the garden will always be preserved and shared with residents and visitors.

Another great collecting venue is Granny’s Attic, which boasts 45 vendors according to owner Lori Arnold.

Arnold says the Attic deals in antiques and collectibles and has a large collection of Star Wars Legos. Most recently, Granny’s Attic had a killer Gene Simmons mannequin which brought the persona of the KISS bassist and co-lead singer and his persona, The Demon, to life in the store.

When it comes to old stuff, no one will beat Doug Bradstreet’s Prehistoric. His shop features dinosaur bones and other fossils. One prehistoric skeleton is estimated to be 200 million years old, and Bradstreet says there are some samples that are 600 million years old and one from an era 2.2 billion years ago.

“We pre-date antiques,” Bradstreet said.

At the far north end of Lincoln City you’ll find Rick Minor’s two-story Rocking Horse Mall. The building itself is something of an antique, opening in the 1920s as the Oceanlake Pavillion Dance Hall.

A fire in the 1940s required the building to be repaired and at that time the ballroom was moved from the first floor to the second floor.

The Rocking Horse features two stories of antiques that include Victorian art glass, Depression glass, pottery, vintage furniture, dollhouse miniatures and beach treasures.

Minor notes the bottom floor contains about three-fourths new collectibles. For example, an array of Batman items.

Minor’s mother was the driving force behind Lincoln City’s Antique and Collectible’s week. The first event was in 1991. After she passed in 1996, he’s been involved in keeping it alive.

The event features a number of special celebrations including Float Odyssey, highlighting some storied glass fishing floats in the collection of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.

According to Jeffrey Syrop, director of the museum, “These floats, some near 100 years old, are mostly made from recycled beer bottle glass and come in many sizes and colors. They’ve traveled thousands of miles and have floated in the ocean’s circular currents for decades before being washed up on the beach.”

Syrop said the museum hopes to have a Float Identification Day at the same time as the exhibit opening. “Folks can bring in floats and some of our museum friends and experts will help ID them,” he said.

To that end, Explore Lincoln City, the local tourism organization will be placing antique Japanese fishing floats around the many Lincoln City beaches. Visitors may look for these vintage items during their Antique and Collectible Week holiday.

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