Lewis and Clark are not the only ones to have made important discoveries on our Peninsula. Everyday, collectors, history buffs and "antiquers" make wonderful discoveries of their own while visiting the many antique, collectible and book shops located up and down the Peninsula.

Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Ilwaco, Seaview and Long Beach have shops and malls that dot our Peninsula to the north, south, east and west. Ranging in size from a huge, two-storied building to a tiny nook tucked below a stairway, individual shops and mall booths offer quality merchandise as diverse and unique as the many dealers who present them.

The 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 20th 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 who chose 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 local 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 Peninsula. Make your own discoveries when you visit the antique and bookstores located in these wonderful coastal communities.

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