Best Places For Antiquing In Cleveland

June 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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Finding that perfect item to complete a room can be challenging, especially if you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind conversation piece. Antiques can be just the ticket–historical and unique pieces can add just the right amount of flair to a room and these old pieces can bring new life to your home. Most of Cleveland’s antique stores are located on Lorain Avenue, an eight mile stretch that was once used as a passage for stagecoaches. Fittingly, the area boasts that it’s “cross town, time and cultures,” and has been come to known as Cleveland’s treasure trove when it comes to finding historical pieces and antiques. Here are some Lorain Avenue’s must-see shops and other Cleveland locales for antiques.
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Nook and Cranny Antiques 
5201 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 281-6665

Nook and Cranny Antiques is a lovely boutique located on the corner of W 52nd and Lorain in a quaint, brick building. The antique style door can’t be missed, and has the storefront’s name printed in old-style gold lettering with “A Curious Shop” stenciled on the front. A curious shop indeed, Nook and Cranny has a wide assortment of antique items, ranging from home decor, glassware and light fixtures to fireplaces mantles, chandeliers and fixtures. What makes this store unique is its especially large selection of antique door frames and handles. Records, cassette players, and radios are among the music players here.

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Craftsman Antiques and Refinishings
4136 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, Oh 44113
(216) 651-3044

Whether you’re an avid antique collector who needs some of your favorite items touched up, or a newbie who has just purchased an old piece that needs to be restored, Craftsman Antiques and Refinishings is the perfect place to visit. With the shop focuses 100 percent of its efforts on repairs and refinishings, you can rest assured that your most treasured items will be in good hands. The craftsman here also specialize in customized woodworking, so this is a must-visit if you have antique furniture or carvings that need restoration.

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Attenson’s Antiques & Books
1771 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH
(216) 321-2515

Attenson’s can be found in Coventry Village about a 10 minute drive from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Antique book lovers will be in heave at Attenson’s––it carries more than 5,000 old books, bindings and vintage magazines. While the shop specializes in books, you can also find antique pottery, paintings, toys, architectural items and smaller collectibles. As an added bonus, owner Mitchell Attenson is also available for estate sales. With degrees in fine art and art history, Attenson can appraise fine collectibles and antiques for customers looking to liquidate some assets.

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Sweet Lorain
7105 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 281-1959

Sweet Lorain organizes all items by departments, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. The shop’s 15 core vendors also ensure the variety. They have a large selection of clothes and their store is generally bigger than other antique shops. Sweet Lorain has a tailoring wish list program. With this program any customer can tell an employee there what he or she is looking for. Then that person will be notified when that particular item has made its way to the store.

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Larchmere Oriental Rugs
12812 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 795-9802

Nothing ties a room together quite like an area rug, and when you want the focal point of your room to be unique, look no further than an oriental rug. Larchmere Oriental Rugs specializes in both new and antique rugs, textiles and kilim rugs. The owner, Erdogan Gezer, is from Istanbul, Turkey, and has been in the Oriental rug business since the 70s, so you’re sure to find unique, quality pieces at this shop. If you already own such a rug, you know that you can’t just take a steam cleaner over it and call it a day. Antique rugs need a special kind of care, and Larchmere Oriental Rugs has experts to give your carpet quality cleaning services and hand washing. If it needs a touch up, they can also handle repairs, and new finds can be restored here as well.

Alexis De Leaver is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. Her work can be found on

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