As sensational as flag keychains, witty magnets and “I got this here” t-shirts are, sometimes it’s nice to bring a real souvenir home – a keepsake that’s spontaneous, one-of-a-kind, and truly captures a place you’ve visited… or a place you’d like to.
Miami offers a number of crazy antique shops (crazy-random and crazy-awesome) with things like railroad signs, cult movie posters, tweed coats, and of course the obligatory quirky cutlery. Try one of these places if you get tired of street vendors selling landscape postcards and reprinted watercolors:
Itching to buy (…or look at) a real military cannon? War enthusiasts and movie set decorators need look no further than Stone Age Antiques near the Miami River. Gold jewelry, Union Pacific Railroad bells, piles of collectibles and most things nautical can be found inside, along with heaps of centuries-old trinkets that the Stone family has collected over the decades.
Architectural Antiques is a good bet for classy European furniture, but unless you’re traveling to Florida by U-Haul, you might have problems bringing things home with you. Nonetheless, a walk around the store is like a walk around a tasteful hoarder’s paradise. You might even find something suitcase-sized, if you can take your eyes off the dazzling chandeliers.
If you’d rather dig through one of the classiest vintage clothing collections you’ll ever see, shop your way through the decades at Madeleine’s in North Miami Beach, from the Roaring 20′s to the Swinging 60′s and beyond. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a celeb (or her stylist) on the same hunt!