Magazine article Sunset

Arizona Antiques

Magazine article Sunset

Arizona Antiques

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Prospect shop-filled Glendale for treasures, junk, and fun

We were meandering through an antiques store when my 12-year-old daughter stopped dead in her tracks. "What's that?" she asked, mystified. Being (ahem) of a certain age, I instantly recognized the ancient restraining device she was staring at. "That," I said, "is a girdle. It's what we wore to look shapely before the invention of crunches."

The small Arizona suburb of Glendale, northwest of downtown Phoenix, may seem an unlikely spot for antiquing. But the early-20th-century storefronts here have been spiffed up, and the downtown area along Glendale Avenue has become known as the state's best antiquing district. Lately, some of the antiques stores have given way to gift shops, but there are still plenty of purveyors of old things, all within walking distance.

It was here, at Maudie Mae's Antiques & Fine Things (5817 W. Glendale Ave.; 623/463-3363), that we spotted that girdle as well as a great old spinning wheel. The shop features 21 dealers who specialize in everything from old tools to vintage clothing. Bo's Funky Stuff (open Thu-Sat and by appointment; 5605 W. Glendale Ave.; 623/842-0220) anchors the other end of Glendale Avenue and has been a mainstay since 1982. …

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