Digging for Treasure on Seattle’s Eastside

By Maggy Lehmicke

There’s no feeling quite like stumbling into an antique shop where antique Russian paintings and Chinese pottery sit side by side with a dining table constructed from century-old school desks. As the design scene changes, the desire for timeworn treasures and old-world flourishes is growing. Modern homes are now accented with refurbished coffee tables and 60s-era lamps beside early-American folk art. Though the Northwest is full of bustling flea markets and vintage finds, Seattle’s Eastside is leading the way with its one-of-a-kind discoveries and secondhand collectibles.

The Birdcage
132 Central Way, Kirkland
Located at the intersection of Central Way and Lake Washington Boulevard, Kirkland’s newest home store carries an ever-changing variety of both new and vintage finds. Antique wicker tables, authentic Persian rugs and a growing mask collection are just a few of the elements that contribute to the store’s global aesthetic.

Owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo, The Birdcage was first opened in Kirkland in 2016. After managing a furniture store in the country of Bahrain for 32 years, Terry Millson returned to the Northwest to launch a new home décor store alongside her daughter, Nadia. From there, they say, “things just developed organically.”

The Middle Eastern influence of the family’s first store may be a contributing factor to the old-world, whimsical pieces you can find throughout The Birdcage. Whether it’s 10-foot, hand-painted Moroccan doors or a 19th-century English stage basket, a visit to The Birdcage is less about what you’re looking for and more about what you least expect to find. birdcagehome.com

Found Interiors
706 Market Street, Kirkland
Unlike most antique stores that gather pieces from thrift stores and estate sales, Found Interiors collects most of its pieces from downsizing baby boomers in need of a place to sell their family heirlooms. Found Interiors may not be your typical antique shop, but don’t be fooled: This carefully curated consignment store carries some incredibly unique and authentic pieces.

Browse through Found’s wide array of frames, bookends, lamps and coffee tables, many of which were prized possessions passed through generations. Every so often you may come across global treasures, such as a Korean lava statue or champagne carrier once owned by the Prince of Wales.

Though a lot of items are old enough to be antiques, some of the larger furniture pieces are as good as new. If you’re looking for a Restoration Hardware couch or Pottery Barn wine cabinet without the hefty price tag, Found Interiors is your place.
No matter whether you’re a seasoned secondhand shopper or are new to the world of pre-owned pieces, it’s easy to fall in love with something at Found. foundconsignment.com

Oscar & Co.
702 Market Street, Kirkland
Right next door to Found Interiors sits Oscar & Co., an eclectic home décor and furniture store with an underlying coastal theme that combines whimsical finds and vintage accents with modern style.

Aside from the lamps and bookends that you may find in other antique stores, Oscar & Co. carries refinished pieces and natural curiosities from up and down the West Coast. While you may not get attached to a piece of driftwood, it’s not every day you get to see a 300-lb. pair of prehistoric clam shells. As owner Dawn Oscar says, those pieces are what feed her “addiction to finding things.”

Though the store carries a wide variety of extraordinary finds, some of the most distinct pieces are made and refurbished by the owner and her husband. In addition to repurposed furniture, all the pillows in the store are handmade by Dawn herself, composed of old textiles she has been collecting for the past 20 years.

Whether it’s coastal accents for a vacation home or pillows to match a custom-upholstered couch, Oscar & Co. is all about eclectic charm.

Haystack Antiques
144 105th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Downtown Bellevue’s Haystack Antiques is a well-known destination for people antiquing across America. Owned by Debbie Nordstrom, this antique marketplace is home to a number of dealers, helping to keep the selection as varied as possible through a rotation of procured pieces.

The 25 dealers that comprise Haystack Antiques are highly specialized, ranging from welders who create one-off items to collectors carrying artifacts from all over the world. In addition to an ever-changing inventory, Haystack offers a variety of events that take place throughout the year, including jewelry shows, appraisal fairs, holiday parties and more.

The size of the store and variety of pieces make wandering through the shop an adventure on its own. For those looking for that proverbial needle in a haystack, Haystack is the place they just might find it. haystackantiques.com