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San Anselmo, Calif.: Antique Shopping

German garden gnome in repose, image
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A German garden gnome enjoys a moment of repose with his pipe.

With 130 dealers tucked into just a few blocks, it's no wonder this snug Marin County town calls itself the "Antiques Capital of Northern California." Start looking around on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard where it crosses Bank Street and you're bound to find something that suits your fancy, whether it's vintage maps and whiskey bottles (empty, of course) at Legacy Antiques or a curious collection of garden gnomes at Yankee Girl. The 8,000-square-foot showroom at Pavillion Antiques displays a variety of 19th-century European furniture. Is the mahogany armoire you covet too big for your car? The Packaging Store, two doors down, will ship your new treasure home or anywhere else in the world. Antique Dealers Association: (415) 459-2002.

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This article was first published in July 2004. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.