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by Lesley Storts

Thrifting and Antiquing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


In June, my husband and I moved to Wisconsin. Moving is hard. We have not moved in a long time and I do not remember it being so difficult. In the past few weeks since the move, and months leading up to the move, thrifting and antique shopping has provided a needed distraction. Finding treasures as well as future stores to periodically visit has been fun and entertaining.

The majority of items were found thrifting! The following is a list of thrift stores and antique stores that I have visited as of July 2022:

Greater Milwaukee Thrift StoresGreater Milwaukee Antique Stores
Goodwill Locations:Antiques On Pierce – 1512 W Pierce St
3900 N Palmer St
2830 N Oakland AveClocktower Antiques – 1134 1st St
153 W Oklahoma Ave
1716 Miller Park WayWaukesha Antique Mall -1427 E Racine Ave
9305 N Green Bay Rd
Antiques & Uniques on Main – 250 W Main St
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store – 2320 W Lincoln Ave

Many of the pieces will be used for pincushions, but some of the items are for personal use.

I finally stumbled on a ceramic animal pincushion. I love the “bun” on the dachshund’s head. The old pincushion insert is deteriorating so I will be remaking it.

All of the thrift and antique stores had a significant amount of inventory. I am very focused on what I purchase, but I enjoy looking at a variety of items. There is a story behind every item there which is unlike buying something new. Below are two pictures of the available glass dishes at the Oklahoma Avenue Goodwill:

I am not interested (at this time) in buying china or other dishes, but I really enjoy looking at the different patterns and art on the dishes. And I am always on the hunt for pewter items. I did not buy the candlesticks but I liked them!

If you visit any of these stores, I hope you have luck and enjoy the journey!

Happy Thrifting!

Author: Lesley Storts

I’ve always been a doodler and loved art from an early age. I picked up my first fabric, a pink and white checked gingham, at 9 years old and cross-stitched my name. In 1996, my mom started quilting and her inspiration motivated me to make my first quilt in 1998. I found a pattern in a book from the library, changed the colors to make a Christmas quilt and pieced it together. I even quilted and bound it! I enjoy working with all kinds of fabric mediums and threads. I enjoy sewing with my machine and doing handwork. I get inspiration from my life including people, scenery, patterns and objects around me. Follow me here and on Instagram @lesleystorts.

4 thoughts on “Thrifting and Antiquing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  1. I’m so glad you have found new shops to look for treasures in your new town.
    I always love seeing all your fun and gorgeous glass.
    Best wishes, Kristy

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  2. Agree with you about moving. This time has been grueling.

    Love Milwaukee! My ex husband grew up there and we visited many times.

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