First Friday/Saturday of each month
West Bottoms antique district
Kansas City, Missouri
Lots of free parking, plus closer VIP parking for $10
All the funky junk in the West Bottoms antique district has me light-headed, and dreaming of moving to a new house just to decorate it! On the first Friday/Saturday of each month, this historic Kansas City warehouse district wakes up and comes alive, and shoppers flock to the area from states all across the Midwest. The hundreds (not kidding) of vendors are decorated for the holidays this month, so you can visit to gawk (at the amazing old buildings), shop, or find inspiration (which abounds). If you ever wonder where the creative folks in KC go for fun…this is it. This unique area is one-of-a-kind — historic buildings filled with history for sale (at really good prices!).
The shops are all open on First Friday Weekends, but some of them are open every weekend, and some of them have special holiday sale dates.
I started at BOTTOMS UP ANTIQUE MARKET, 1300 w. 13th Street.
Open only First Friday Weekends
Four floors, 85 dealers, and thousands of treasures…
On the 1st floor —
On the 2nd floor —
Awesome hand-made jewelry…
The Saloon is also on the 2nd floor, and is one of very few places to eat. When the weather is nice there are some great food trucks on the street, but it has to be warm enough to sit outside. So a warm Saloon with a drink and a sandwich is a welcome hang-out.
Copper Rooster Restorations — Cool steam-punk lamps…
On the 3rd floor —
On the 4th floor —
Keep your eye on the Prize. Owner Steve Rogers is usually on hand to give you the history of each piece you pick up. His stock is fun, unique, beautiful, and exquisitely styled. In addition to the West Bottoms, Prize has a store on the Country Club Plaza (320 Ward Parkway).
GOOD JU JU
1420 W. 13th Terrace
First Friday Weekends PLUS Bonus Sale on Saturday, December 12,
This KC fave was the first store to brave the West Bottoms, way back in 2007. Fun, funky stuff in the old John Deere Company building, plus a little cafe on the second floor…
RUSTIC VINTAGE ROSE
1405 W. 13th Street
TOP HAT MERCANTILE
1285 Hickory Street
Adorable store with great, creative vendors. Don’t miss the basement!
Open Saturday, December 12, 9:00-4:00
I LOVE HER…
1323 W. 13th Street
Open Saturday, December 12, 10:00am-2:00pm
NOOK & CRANNY
1400 W. 13th Street
Open Saturday, December 12
I was so exhausted by the time I got here, I didn’t really do it justice. Guess I’ll have to go back! But tons of great holiday inspiration…I love the sleds on the wall…
MORE SHOPS…but I’m going to bed now. Will post Part 2 tomorrow.