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Elle's Antiques

Out in Otter Tail County, there is a little shop named Elle’s Antiques. Now, not many people know about Elle’s, but we’re going to let you in on the big secret. This month, we met with the owners to find out more about the story behind their store.

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Out in Otter Tail County, there is a little shop named Elle’s (pronounced Ellie’s) Antiques. Now, not many people know about Elle’s, but we’re going to let you in on the big secret. This month, we met with the owners to find out more about the story behind their store.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

The owners of Elle's Antiques

Elle Habberstad stands inside of Elle’s Antiques with her husband, Richard, and their dog, Maggie, who waits eagerly all winter long to greet visitors to Elle’s Antiques. Though Elle Habberstad grew up in the Detroit Lakes area, her husband was born and raised very close to where they live now. “My husband’s great-grandparents came to the US from Norway in the 1800s and broke this land,” Habberstad said.

Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

This sofa dates all the way back to the 1800s.

A True Antique Lover’s Dream

Elle’s Antiques is an antique lover’s dream or a DIYer’s delight. Full of authentic, carefully-preserved pieces from around the world, a trip to this little shop is like stepping into a time machine where you can experience any decade from the past two centuries.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

“I like the true antiques,” said Elle Habberstad. She is the owner for whom the store is named. During business hours, she serves as a knowledgable guide for curious visitors wandering about the shop. One of her favorite pieces to show guests is a pink, parlor sofa featuring walnut legs and arm posts with a matching foot stool. Habberstad enjoys researching and sharing the history behind all of the pieces in her store.

The Story Behind the Store

Several years ago, Habberstad retired from her career as a nurse and decided to open her own antique store (she had previously been a vendor at another antique store). Back then, Habberstad’s husband was planning on building a new garage, which he kindly offered up for her to use. However, the business soon expanded into her husband’s man cave as well. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be doing this,” Habberstad said, expressing her appreciation for her husband.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Then, three years ago, the couple purchased a log cabin to add even more space for displaying antiques and storing inventory. The previous owner actually agreed to disassemble the cabin, transport the logs and reassemble the structure in the Habberstad’s front yard.

Elle's Antiques

This log-cabin was disassembled and transported to the Habberstad’s front yard, where it was reassembled.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

A Not-So Hidden Gem Anymore

Because Elle’s Antiques is not located within the hub of local antique and repurposed markets, it has a sort of hidden-gem status. Habberstad often credits word-of-mouth for bringing visitors to her store. “I send people to the other antique shops, and I know they do the same for me,” said Habberstad. She likes to support her fellow vendors and local shop owners by sharing a brochure that serves as a guide to other antique and repurposed stores in Lakes Country.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

Elle’s Antiques houses an interesting collection of high-end, antique and vintage costume jewelry from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Some trinkets from Elle's Antiques

For more information, please contact:
27685 County Highway 35 Underwood, MN
218-826-6571
ellerich@prtel.com
ellesantiques.com
facebook.com/Elles.Antiques

Elle’s Antiques is open May 1 through October 15 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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