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- by Cap't Dave

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Shades of change: vintage lighting parts illuminate one's soul.

Antiques are the left over artifacts of stories lost to time as people and relationships died. Reduced to a mere transactions, these objects of antiquity live on to gather new spirits. Local antique hunting is a way to get a glimps of how people once lived. Half the fun with antiquing is the hunt--learning about and rediscovering the hidden secrets of the past.

Antique Light
Garage sale garden decor can bring unique flair to your estate.

The other part of the fun is the thrill of the bargain. It's that rare occasion of being at the right place, at just the right time to snatch up that really cool thing for way less than it's seemingly worth. After you get home you remove decades of dust to revile a treasure.

Antique Light
"Play it again, Sam": Music lost in the decades surfaces at little antique malls and rummage stores.

If you know where to go, there are some fruitful local antique hunting opportunities around the Puget Sound. Garage sale are best in the old neighborhoods of: North Tacoma, Everett, West Seattle, Anacortes, Vancouver, and Victoria. Bargain Antique malls and shops are found outside of the expensive retail districts of Seattle and Bellevue. Try: Whidbey Island, Mount Vernon, Tacoma, Poulsbo, Port Townsend, Anacortes, and LaConner.