Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Topiaries & a trading post in Pillager August 20, 2018


PILLAGER TRADING POST and Antiques. There’s something about the name that holds history. History of a place, that place being the small town of Pillager some 10 miles southwest of Brainerd in central Minnesota



The overflow building is interesting with a beautiful stone fireplace.




Antiques pack the overflow building.


Randy and I stopped there briefly last September while heading north to Park Rapids for a book release party. With minimal time, we didn’t poke around this town of several hundred. Just checked out the Trading Post and the business’ second building across the street. And a nearby green space.




More merchandise in a side wing of the Trading Post.


The open space featured topiaries ringed by homemade wooden benches. An odd contrast of modern natural art to the vintage finds within the antique shop. A city park perhaps? I left town without an answer. Sometimes a bit of mystery adds to the allure of a place like Pillager.

Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling



17 Responses to “Topiaries & a trading post in Pillager”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Fun find. Love finding gems like this . You will have to go back to get more of the story some day.

  2. That green space is the hanging out area for those not all that interested in checking out the antiques. I was just saying the other day they need benches throughout the home improvement warehouse, especially when the person you are with will not ask for help and the standing about on concrete requires a bit of sitting time. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    With a name like Pillager, you have to wonder how all that stuff came into their possession.

    (I know, I know, I promised to be good but sometimes a guy can’t help himself).

  4. Always liked that term “primitives” in relation to antiques.

  5. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    What a beautiful place to snoop around in. I love that fireplace inside and out.

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