Historical Salida: The Heart of the Rockies

Salida is a hidden treasure among the ski resort towns of the Eastern Colorado mountains. Nestled in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, Salida boasts Colorado’s largest historic district. In fact, Downtown Salida has been given a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether you’re visiting Salida for it’s historic charm or attending one of the many festivals, be sure to take some time for some of the best antiquing and thrifting around!

When you visit historic Salida, you have the fabulous opportunity to peruse the excellent vintage and antique shops that dot the local scene. Don’t be fooled by it’s small town charm – Salida has an incredible array of thrift shops that sell everything from high-end designer clothing to vintage housewares, antique furniture and vinyl records. Salida’s unique local shops have something for everyone, so don’t hesitate to dive right in, and see what treasures you can find! 

Best Consignment and Vintage Thrift 

If you are looking for trendy vintage duds, unique footwear, or some cute accessories for both adults and children, Salida has the best there is to offer at chic boutique consignment and hipster vintage shops. Check out these excellent local options: 

Ruby Blues

Ruby Blues’ dark awning and ornamental brick exterior is hard to miss, right on the corner of 1st and F in historic Downtown Salida. This charming consignment shop and thrift store offers the option to buy, sell, and trade a wide variety of vintage and secondhand clothes, shoes, boots, housewares, and even a large selection of vinyl. The shop has graced central Salida for almost ten years, and owner Michael Almeida is hands-on and passionate about helping his customers find exactly what they need. Ruby Blues is a Salida staple, and a must-see for a great thrifting experience!

Free the Monkey

For elegant boutique thrift, look no further than Free the Monkey. Also located in historic downtown Salida, this trendy consignment shop offers brand name, fashion, designer, and vintage clothing. With a highly selective consignment process, you are sure to get products that are worth the price. Clothes in the shop are organized by fabric & pattern, to make it easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for. In addition to high-end clothing, Free the Monkey also sells accessories, jewelry, a small selection of vintage home goods, and even small pieces of boutique furniture. Stop in to browse the airy well-lit shop for a cute frock and some classic accoutrements. You’ll be glad you did!

Little Red Tricycle

For a stylish twist on cute secondhand clothes for kids and babies, hop over to Little Red Tricycle. This adorable shop is the perfect stop for new and gently used maternity and children’s clothes. Their selection includes organic clothing for kids of all ages, toys and teethers, blankets, and even tiny hats and sunglasses! If you find yourself in need of a stroller to rent while you are perusing the local antique and thrift shops, Little Red Tricycle offers daily and weekly rentals of strollers, high chairs, and more! 

Antique Furniture and Home Decor

If you are looking for a more diverse assortment of goods, Salida boasts a number of delightful shops that offer antique and vintage furniture, accessories, and decorations to thrill your inner designer. Let your imagination run wild in these treasure troves:

Salida Thrift Emporium & Lemon Tree Treasures

Right in the center of Downtown Salida, you will find Salida Thrift Emporium and Lemon Tree Treasures. This family-owned thrift store filled with antique and vintage furniture, home decor, and accessories. If you are looking for antique designs at a bargain, you can find a number of unique and interesting pieces here. Salida Thrift Emporium and Lemon Tree Treasures also has a wide selection of finished furniture, as well as interesting decorative treasures to satisfy all your creative inclinations. 

This warehouse-style store was established in 2015 just outside Salida, and has since moved to a convenient central location in the Historic Downtown District. Stop in and start your next decorating project with a great deal on fun antiques. Proud owners Jim and Michelle Pankey are always around to answer your questions and offer an bargain for your exciting finds!

Old Log Cabin Antiques

Established over 40 years ago, the iconic Old Log Cabin Antiques has something for everyone in a delightful historic setting. Here you can travel back in time through five authentic log cabins filled to the brim with an assortment of furnishings, housewares, and accessories. From early 1800s antique dressers and chairs to mid-century modern side tables and lamps, you are sure to find a fascinating and inspiring scope for the imagination.  

Old Log Cabin Antiques consists of one main shop and no fewer than five other buildings full of antiques. The shop offers a homey environment, with a front porch swing where you can take your ease and chat with the owners. Linda and Darwin Hibbs love to haggle, and are happy to make a deal if you find something you really love. Take a step back in history and visit Old Log Cabin Antiques on your next Salida adventure!

For more great ideas for things to do on your next visit to Salida, visit our website at Creekside Chalets! Let us help make your next trip to Salida a unique and exciting experience!

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