For the Love of Primitive Antiques

An Afternoon Ride to Issaquah, Washington

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Nestled in the foothills is a nice little place called Issaquah, it is a very pretty town combining old architecture with new.   Issaquah was an old mining town, then turned its sights to the lumber industry and it became an official city in 1892.  From where we live it is a short jaunt but well worth it and it is only about 20 minutes out of Downtown Seattle on I – 90 East.  There is literally something for everyone to do in this town, they put on Art Walks, they have a farmers market, a historic railroad depot & museum, a salmon hatchery, a chocolate factory, hiking, shopping and so much more.  Make sure when you visit to take time and visit the unique shops in Gillman Village located on Gillman Blvd, this is also where the antique gallery that I visited is.  The antique gallery is a must to stop & shop, they have many vendors located under the one roof.  Which means there was a wide variety of items including glass wares, furniture, primitives, Americana and more.  The pricing was varied.

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Issaquah also has a renovated antique barn from the 1800’s that is able to be rented out and if you are lucky enough when you visit it might even have a craft fair going on in this really cool old barn.  Another must stop is The vintage XXX hamburger & rootbeer stand, make sure you at least get a nice cold rootbeer while you are there.  They hold old fashion auto shows in their parking lot that beckons back to the fifties.  In fact the day that we rode through they had a motorcycle rally and show going on.

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All in all, it was a fun day of antiques, motorcycles, and cold rootbeer on a warm day, what more can you ask for!

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