Like a time-machine in a store: Best antique/second-hand store


 Much of the decor Charleen and John Mullen use in their home in Mariposa, California, are items they found at second hand stores, junk shops, yard sales, antique shops or salvaged by John, a contractor.

As far as thrift and antique stores go, Pullman and Moscow have no shortage. The winner of Best Antique Shop goes to Palouse Treasures, a second hand store made up completely of donations. The shop accepts anything in clean, working condition with the exception of appliances.

“All of the money goes to programs for the physically and mentally disabled in Whitman and Latah Counties,” said Mardi Bowlick, an employee who has been working at Palouse Treasures for seven years.

Palouse Treasures is owned by the local nonprofit organization Boost Collaborative.

“This store is unique in that it is also a training ground for those who are physically or mentally disabled. They train here with coaches from Boost Collaborative, so that they can go and be an active part of the community,” Bowlick said. “I personally would appreciate the community’s support in donations opposed to larger programs because the money goes directly back to the community. We’d love to have them come here.”

Palouse Treasures, located behind Dissmore’s IGA on NW Nye Street, is open from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends.

The Goodwill in Moscow took second place. Goodwill is an international nonprofit that provides community jobs to individuals such as military families and disabled individuals.

Donations of all kind may be dropped off at the store and are tax deductible.

Goodwill is located on 201 Warbonnet Drive in Moscow and is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Lily Bee’s consignment store took third place. Located downtown at 400 E. Main St., the store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“At a consignment store, we pay for your items so you receive a percentage, and we have new things that have never been worn or used, opposed to a thrift store where items are donated and may have been used,” said Michael Benning, an employee who has been working at Lily Bee’s for more than a year.

Lily Bee’s has a large variety of items such as clothes, jewelry, knickknacks and antiques.

“I think it’s unique that we sell to a large variety of customers,” Benning said. “There’s a little bit of something for everybody.”