Searching for Antiques and Collectibles in Downtown Alameda

Vintiq Alameda vintage collectibles

Vintiq

Do you love the hunt and the find? Plan to spend an afternoon strolling through Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District in search of out-of-the-ordinary collectibles and antiques. You’ll find one of the best selections of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, period furniture, and forgotten memorabilia from your childhood days.

There is no shortage of vintage shops and re-use boutiques to explore in Downtown Alameda and you may be surprised at the places you come across.

Here’s a recommended path to get you started:

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
“Come into the Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-liciois, glitter-tastic,and one-of-a-kind!” Juniper Tree is the place to find fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now.

Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street
You’ll find a terrific selection of used books, movies, music, vintage clothes, and more at Rocket Reuse.

Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street
Toy Safari creates a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store. Since opening its doors on Park Street, Toy Safari has become a destination for many serious toy buyers from all over the Bay Area.

Paulines Antiques Alameda collectibles

Paulines Antiques

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
Therapy Home is an eclectic circus offering everything from one-of-a-kind vintage finds to locally handmade furniture. Whether you need to completely revamp the old homestead or are just looking for that perfect finishing touch, go make yourself at home at Therapy!

Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
“Whatever you need, we probably have it.” With over 25,000 sqare feet of floor space and over 54 years in business, Pauline’s Antiques is sure to have everything you’re looking for. Pauline’s Antiques carries items from the Victorian Era through the 1970’s.

Silver Baron’s Rare Coins, 1435 Park Street
Silver Baron’s buys and sells rare coins, bullion, scrap gold and silver, stamps, sports memorabilia, and other collectibles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dealing in Coins and Precious Metals at Fort Knox of Alameda

Fort Knox of Alameda

Fort Knox of Alameda has been selling and buying gold, silver, rare coins, estate jewelry, diamonds, watches, sterling flatware, and bullion for over 30 years . Their well-trained staff are always available to help you in any way they can — Fort Knox of Alameda can even provide spot appraisals on a range of items.

Are you interested in selling or buying a collection of old coins? Are you thinking of selling some unwanted jewelry? Or maybe you are looking to invest in precious metals or precious stones?

If you’ve never worked with a dealer, the following questions and answers can help you understand how a local dealer  such as Fort Knox of Alameda can be of greatest assistance:

How long has Fort Knox of Alameda been in business?
We have been serving the Bay Area for over 30 years and counting. The entire staff is very knowledgeable and has access to an expansive network of resources (both buyers and sellers).

What types of precious metals does Fort Knox buy and sell?
We deal in precious metals, including Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium.

Fort Knox of AlamedaWhat types of gold items does Fort Knox buy?
We buy any form of gold such as gold coins from any country; used or unwanted gold rings, chains, bracelets, and necklaces; dental gold; gold dust; etc.

What types of silver items does Fort Knox buy?
We buy any silver items regardless of condition including .999 silver coins, .925 sterling coins, and sterling silver flatware.

Does Fort Knox buy U.S. currency?
We buy and sell all types of United States coins and paper money. We also are big buyers of rare coins and can handle any collection that you might have. Michael Sr., Linda, and son Michael are all expert, certified coin graders.

Can Fort Knox help me find precious stones that I’m looking for?
Fort Knox can provide you with any size or quality stone that you desire. (If selling, we are always in constant need of diamond rings and loose gem stones.)

Can Fort Knox help me identify the value of items that I am interested in selling? 
If you do not know the market for an item that you want to sell, if there is one, we will find it for you. We are currently part of a networked computer system with approximately 1,500+ dealers nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lost City Antiques – Discover Treasures from the Good Old Days in Alameda

Lost City Antiques, Alameda

Lost City Antiques

Lost City Antiques is located at 1519 Park Street and run by owner David George along with over 20 dealers/vendors. Some of the vendors are well-established and have been there for more than 15 years.

The stately brick building that houses Lost City Antiques has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 30 years (including Park Street Antiques). But the building itself is much older than that – it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.

Today, the immense building showcases three levels packed with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, and vintage clothing:

Lost City Antiques Disney collectionThe Main Floor contains a large number of glass display cases that hold every collector’s favorites, from an extensive assortment of vintage jewelry and pocket watches to a collection of ephemera and other bric-a-brac. You can stroll down the aisles and open spaces throughout the floor to find antique lighting and furniture from the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-Century, and Arts & Crafts eras. There are a number of rooms and alcoves that also feature assortments of old tools, classic bikes, vintage clocks, and much more. In addition, you might find Italian and French collectibles alongside an assortment of other collections — from tea cups, vintage magazines, and kitchenware, to kitsch and tiki items from the 50s onward. Lost City even has a book room!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Food, Fun, and Flowers for Father’s Day — You Can Find It All in Downtown Alameda

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15. The best gifts come from the heart, and from another place close at hand – your local businesses. Forget the malls and massive chain stores. You can find truly unique and interesting gifts for Dad in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.

FOOD & DRINK
American Oak burger, AlamedaIt’s hard to fail when it comes to providing Dad with good fare and good libations. Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District offers plenty of food and drink establishments that make a memorable outing. For a hearty breakfast, you might want to take Dad to a classic favorite like Ole’s Waffle Shop and Jim’s Homestyle Diner, or a new favorite like The Original Red Onion and Café Q. If your father enjoys relaxing with live music, C’era Una Volta will have “a taste of Tuscany, a bit of folk, and a lot of Higgins & Sheehy” at Sunday brunch from Noon to 3:00pm. For a casual outing with outdoor seating, Mama Papa Lithuania and American Oak both have comfortable patios.

Prime rib is a favorite of many dads. Both Linguini’s and Pappo have special prime rib menus in the works complete with veggies and mashed potatoes — but don’t delay in making a reservation. As a back-up plan, you can always stop at Baron’s Meat & Poultry to pick out choice steaks or a roast to take home and fix yourself. In addition, CRAFT Beer & Wine is the place to pick up an assortment of small batch brews for Dad to have a tasting at home.

Alameda Theatre & CineplexFUN & GAMES
Dad could have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. Treat him to a movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, stop in for a round of golf or let him show off his driving skills by going head-to-head in a slot car race at Subpar Miniature Golf, or challenge him to a classic video game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Interactive Arcade.

For a family night at home, D20 Games offers a excellent variety of the most popular tabletop games and card games.

FLOWERS & GIFTS
Dandelion Flowers and Gifts, Alameda
Flowers aren’t just for Mother’s Day — surprise Dad with a Father’s Day gift that will brighten his whole week. Handmade bouquets can be arranged at Central Florist, Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, and South Shore Florist.

To find a unique gift that fits your father’s personality, there are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda that cater to the special guy in your life. GOODS has a great selection of handmade and locally made products from aftershave to leather products. Along with a wonderful assortment of fine cigars and European beers, Bonne Vie has a couple of special offers for Dad – receive a free beer glass with every beer purchase or a free cigar with the purchase of three cigars.

Fort Knox Rare Coins, AlamedaCOLLECTIBLES
If your dad likes to collect coins and things from his past, be sure to check out the collections available at Fort Knox, Silver Baron’s Coins, and Bay Farm Collectibles. You might also find a few treasures at Park Street Antiques, and Pauline’s Antiques.

For the ultimate personalized gift that will provide long-lasting memories, consider making an appointment with Raintree Studios or Megan Small Photography to create a family portfolio that Dad can cherish for years to come.

Still looking for more ideas? You’ll also find auto supplies, bike accessories, and jewelry at the many shops located in Downtown AlamedaRead the rest of this entry »

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KookyKitsch, your source for Vintage Pop Culture Collectibles

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KookyKitsch, AlamedaIf you’re a fan of offbeat novelties from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s (and who isn’t?), you’ll want to check out KookyKitsch on the second floor of Park Street Antiques & Collectibles (1519 Park Street, Alameda). KookyKitsch is your source for Vintage Pop Culture Collectibles.

Items for sale include vintage Hawaiian Shirts and Tiki Mugs, mid-century barware & furnishings, 1920s-80s magazines, vintage cookbooks, toys and games, paper ephemera, advertising promotions, matchbooks, scouting memorabilia, pharmaceuticals, beauty and cosmetic items, novelty and gag gifts, and “As Seen On TV” gadgets.

Do you remember the ads with the Pillsbury Doughboy, Twinkie the Kid, and Sugar Bear? How about novelty items from former Alameda businesses like Rusty Pelican, Sambos, and Boniere Bakery?

You’ll find these items (and much more) in the KookyKitsch collection.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Alameda’s Park Street Antiques Brings Back the Good Old Days

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Congratulations to Park Street Antiques & Collectibles for celebrating their 7th year in business this month!

Park Street Antiques display casesLocated at 1519 Park Street in Alameda, the building has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 26 years. Today, Park Street Antiques is run by a partnership and co-op with over 20 dealer/vendors that offer a wide-ranging variety of antiques and collectibles. Some of the dealers have been there for more than 15 years.

But the brick building is much older than that — it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.

The immense building has three levels packed with an interesting assortment of antiques and collectibles:

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Pauline’s on Park Street: A Local Legend

To call Pauline’s Antiques a local “institution” is an understatement on par with referring to the Pentagon as simply “a military base.” Operator-owned by Alameda resident and icon Eunice “Pauline” Kelley for 54 years, the store is a labor of love that continues to yield surprises, secrets, and other cherished tchotchkes Read the rest of this entry »

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Best of Alameda 2010 (Park Street)

Congratulations to our PSBA Members! The following businesses were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2010 Best of Alameda issue.

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