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Resale Shops! Door County is loaded with them! Discover them here!

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to


door-county-tradersIn this edition of From the Lake to the Bay,™ we explore a few of the many resale shops in Door County.  Resale shops are full of treasures and there may be a special treasure waiting just for you!



Door County is rich in resale shops

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to


If you love the hunt, then you can strike it rich in a visit to Door County resale shops.

Throughout the Peninsula, resale shops present abundant antiques, collectibles, gently used furnishings, dinnerware, architectural salvage and much more.

door-county-traders-in-sturgeon-bayDoor County Traders on historic Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay is a treasure trove of potential finds! This is not your typical antique or resale store by any means. Many decades are represented here from the 1950s through the 1980s, and there is a constant turn of stock as Diane, the owner, continues to search for treasures from all over the Midwest and the South. It is loaded with goodies from old glass, to jewelry, antique fishing rods, vintage clothing a ton more. Take a look at our review – there is a 20% discount coupon in there for users! Hurry!

Places like Julie’s aim for “upscale resale.” Julie’s, which was voted Door County’s Number One resale shop in a Door County Magazine 2011 poll, just announced a new location at the corner of Hwy. 42 and Townline Road in Ephraim.

In many Door County resale shops, furniture and accessories are set up in groupings—similar to how furniture is displayed on showrooms in conventional stores. Store owners create vignettes to give people ideas of how furnishings can look in their primary or secondary homes.

Also, dinnerware and accessories are attractively displayed on shelves of cabinets and on tables.

“We like to shop any old place. We go to all the resale and antique stores at least once a month,” said David Gessert, a resident of Sturgeon Bay, who has found some treasures such as an original oil painting of a sea captain at Bayside Bargains, a resale shop in nautical-finds-at-bay-tradingSturgeon Bay. He and his wife, Joan, also have a dining set discovered at Peninsula Antique Center, Egg Harbor.

Also in Egg Harbor is Bay Trading Co. Here people unearth a variety of things ranging from garden iron, large urns and old fireplace mantels to Victorian hardware.

When Sturgeon Bay-based architect Henry Isaksen and his wife, Jean, constructed a 3,500 square foot addition to their vintage brick farmhouse, they rambled through the maze of goods for sale at Bay Trading Co. They unearthed stained glass, which they embedded in a wall between the new and old construction.

Oh, and keep in mind that many of the resale shops also handle consignment. Included is Second Hand Sue’s, a resale and consignment store in Sister Bay.

The popularity of resale shops is also a reflection of the economy, local shop owners say, adding that people can find nice things in Door County that are affordable as well. Check out the full Resale Shop section on by Clicking Here!

Note: many resale shops are now open Thursday through Saturday with longer hours starting in the late spring and summer. Call the resale shops for details.