Lewis and Clark are not the only ones to have made an important discovery on the Long Beach Peninsula. Everyday collectors, history buffs and "antiquers" make wonderful discoveries of their own while visiting the many antique, collectible and book shops located throughout the peninsula.
Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Klipsan Beach, Ocean Park and beyond have shops and malls that dot the community to the north, south, east and west. Ranging in size from a huge, two-storied building to a tiny nook tucked below a stairway, the individual shops and mall booths offer quality merchandise as diverse and unique as the many dealers that present them.
The Long Beach Peninsula has a rich and varied history, and many artifacts derived from this background can be found for sale. Antiques and memorabilia from the logging, cranberry and salmon fishing industries, as well as Native American lore and military and maritime history are available. Ephemera such as postcards, pamphlets and photos illustrate life in the towns of this region during the early part of the twentieth century. Kerosene lamps, railroad lanterns, portholes and glass fishing floats share shelf space with beautiful china, delicate crystal, fine linens and shining silver. Many of these treasures were brought here by the generations of people that choose the peninsula as their home.
Because reading has long been a favorite pastime at the beach, bookstores abound. Shelves and shelves of rare, old, historical and current tomes are available at the bookshops. Information on Lewis and Clark, regional and maritime history and first editions by many local writers are also offered. Many of the antique shops carry books as well.
There are treasures to be found on the Long Beach Peninsula. Make your own discoveries when you visit the antique and bookstores located in these wonderful coastal towns.
Yard sales: Hey, I saw it first!
Holiday weekends on the Peninsula can seem a little like visiting the old markets of Asia - it's a feeding frenzy for bargain hunters and collectors, usually with some legitimately neat stuff mixed among the usual clutter of worn-out baby clothes and chipped dishes.
The Peninsula yard sale phenomenon finally reached the point a few years ago where someone decided, "Hey, what the heck, let's organize it a little."
If all goes as planned, the Annual World's Longest Garage Sale this Memorial Day Week-end will stretch from Chinook north to the tip of the Peninsula.
Everywhere in between are garage sales galore-lots of stuff waiting to be discovered.
The impossible challenge is to be everywhere at the same time. Fortunately, the sale lasts three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, enough time to spend at least a little while negotiating at most sale sites.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers for a variety of weather, and carry cash in small denominations. Some avid sale-goers carry adhesive tags to mark desirable things as sold as they move through. Possession in one's own hot little hands is always best, though.