Twin Cities Offer Great Shopping Opportunities, Old and New

Something New

For 20 years, the Centralia Factory Outlets have offered shoppers a chance to capture a good deal when they hop off Interstate 5 at exit 82.

More than 30 manufacturer-owned shops on both sides of the freeway provide merchandise at discounts between 25 and 65 percent. There are only about 250 outlet centers nationwide as compared to over 300,000 regular shopping centers.

A planned renovation project is nearly completed, according to outlets manager Renate Johnson. The last phase of remodeling is getting underway, and Johnson says they expect to have it completed by the end of the year.

Eddie Bauer, Lane Bryant and a Nike Clearance Store are among the newest tenants, but other stores include: Bass Shoe and Apparel, Big Dogs, Christian Outlet, Claire’s, Corningware Corelle Revere, Country Clutter, Cowtown Boots, Dress Barn, Easy Spirit, Factory Brand Shoes, Helly Hansen, KB Toy Outlet, Kitchen Collection, L’eggs, Hanes, Bali, Playtex, Lovely Nails, Paper Factory, Pfaltzgraff, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Quiksilver, Quizno’s, Samsonite Company Store, Van Heusen, VF (Vanity Fair) Outlet and Vitamin World.

Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Information is available by calling 736-3327 or by visiting

Something Old

For those shoppers looking to find vintage and antique items, the Twin Cities have no shortage. Bargains and variety can be found, provided one knows where to look. Here are some hints:

E.J.’s General Store, 115 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 736-0846. Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday after Memorial Day – noon to 5 p.m.

Northwest Tub Co., 113 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 330-2882. Specialty: restoration hardware, doorknobs, pedestal sinks, clawfoot tubs. Hours: Friday through Monday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Old Pickett Fence Antique Mall, 109 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 807-1244. Hours: Sunday and Monday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pacific Galleries Auction House, 310 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 736-1282, Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday – 10 to 8 p.m.; Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shannon’s Antiques, 302 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 330-9304. Speciality: high fashion antique decor. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday – noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday.

Timeless Treasures, 314 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 736-3898. Speciality: hardware, lighting and sewing machines. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Wednesday.

Up the Creek Antiques, 209 N. Tower Ave., Centralia. 330-0427, Speciality: American furniture from the late 1880s to the 1920s. Hours: Daily – noon to 5 p.m.

Centralia Square Antique Mall, 201 S. Pearl St., Centralia. 736-6406. Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Antique mall anchored by Treasures Past and Present, 527 to 533 N.W. Pacific Ave., Chehalis.

Robin’s Nest, 330 N.W. Pacific Ave., Chehalis, 740-0221. Hours: Monday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday by appointment.


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