One of the coolest multi-dealer shops in all of America is Montana Antique Mall. It’s also the largest collective space of its kind in the state. Sixty dealers are spread across four floors inside the former Montana Hotel, which opened in 1890 and is believed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Given its vastness, you’d think a few dogs would sneak into the mix, but every booth here turns out gold. Walk through the doors and the hunt is on—for glowing neon signs, beautiful vintage radios, Navajo rugs, quirky taxidermy, children’s lederhosen, fur-covered canteens, rotary telephones, tie-on metal roller skates, Elmer Fudd hunting caps, turn-of-the-last-century steamer trunks pasted with faded travel stickers, Kodak Pony cameras in handsome leather cases, and engraved fraternity paddles (just what you always needed!). Prices are fair and the staff is the nicest.
P.S. Since we’re already in gushing mode, shout-out to some of our other favorite U.S. antique malls, including Zinnias in Phoenix, Arizona; Antique Tobacco Farm in Asheville, North Carolina; Mid-Mod Collective in Knoxville, Tennessee; Capital City Antique Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah; Memory Lane in Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Mid Mod Etc. in Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, Kentucky. Y’all rule!
331 Railroad St. W., Missoula, MT; 406-721-5366.