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Antiquing in Southwest Michigan

Finally, a shot of the antique dining table we purchased in Michigan last month. I’ll take more and show you how it looks with all the leaves in place once I clean up. 2008022201.jpgIt looks better in the house than it did in the store, so we’re really happy with it! And the chairs we already had go pretty well with it, however I’ll be changing the seat cushions at some point.

As I mentioned before, this particular store specializes in Arts and Crafts and Mission style furniture. They have many genuine Stickley and Limbert pieces for sale among lesser known furniture makers like our table’s manufacturer, Robbins Table Company. Several people have asked if we would reveal the source, so here you go:

Elephant’s Breath Antiques
203 State Street
St. Joseph, MI
Phone: 269-982-5210

Elephant’s Breath comes from the name of an Arts and Crafts pottery glaze color developed by the Fulper Pottery Company. The owners of Elephant’s Breath Antiques, Greg and Sharon Christophersen, are very friendly and knowledgeable. It was my first time in their store, and we will definitely be back.

There are quite a few antique stores in downtown St. Joe. And if you go south from St. Joe along the Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County, you will hit many more antique stores in Harbor Country — towns like Lakeside, Union Pier, New Buffalo and Three Oaks — all only about an hour-and-a-half from Chicago.

Happy antiquing!


  1. Carol on February 23, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for sharing the source of your table. I’ll try and visit there the next time I’m heading to Grand Rapids.

  2. Carol on February 23, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Oh, and the table looks wonderful in your bungalow!

  3. denise on February 25, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Carol—Thanks and you’re very welcome! (Sorry to keep you in suspense!)

  4. Neil on October 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Hi I have a Robbins 5 legged solid oak table and chairs from the early 1900’s that comes from the first dude ranch in California founded in 1912 the owner of the ranches family was from Michigan the table had many famous movie stars of the day sitting at it in the 20’s 30’s and 40’s I am trying to find out what I should insure it for. Thank You

    • denise on October 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Hi Neil, I would have absolutely no idea what you should insure the table for; you’d need to find an antiques appraiser for that. Sounds very cool though!

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