San Anselmo promotes its reputation as “Northern California’s Antique Capital” due to its large number of great antique shops. Whether you are looking for specific antique home furnishings, gifts, or jewelry, you’ll find a wide variety of items in the antique stores in San Anselmo. Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon browsing through them as you stroll through the town.
Start at my favorite – A Dove Place – owned by Robin and Wayne Wechsler. Robin is about the most knowledgeable antiques dealer I’ve found, and an absolute pro at estate sales. A Dove Place is the first of the antique stores on the east side of Sir Francis Drake, and after visiting her you head north. You’ll pass a number of other antique stores, including Antiques Legacy, Sanford’s, The Pavilion Antiques and Yankee Girl. Several of these stores are actually collectives of numerous antiques dealers, and are like mini antiques malls in and of themselves. I found the pair of Louis XIV chairs above at The Pavilion that were a perfect fit for the new owners of a French Country Cottage I had just sold.
Then, it’s over to San Anselmo Avenue, where there are more antiques stores, including Susan’s Store Room, known for its Steiff bears, and Studiolo, for its very chic antique and reproduction furnishings and jewelry. Some of the reproduction chandeliers are amazingly authentic and truly charming.
Some of the stores also operate on consignment, so if you have some pieces you’d like to sell, give the shops a call and see who is looking for what.
Where: 100 – 300 block of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and the 100 – 600 block of San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo 94960 (map)
Hours: Many of the antique stores are open every day from about 10 or so until 5 or so