Antique Treasures in Indiana
Antiquing in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa
Paxico, Kansas Built in the early 1800s, this town of 277 (30 miles west of Topeka) houses a dozen antiques shops in the former general store, bank, funeral parlor and other historic buildings. Mill Creek Antiques claims an unusual specialty, with hundreds of cast-iron, wood-burning stoves (left).
Alton, Illinois This Mississippi River town (about 20 miles north of St. Louis) offers first-class antiquing. Among the highlights: Alton Antique Center, with items arranged in dozens of appealing vignettes; Country Meadows Antiques, which offers an exceptional collection of Depression glass and classy vintage clothing; and Prairie Peddler Antiques, a high-end antique furniture store specializing in 18th and 19th century American furniture.
Kankakee River Valley, Illinois This area 20 miles (and beyond) south of Chicago comes packed with antiques shops and malls that could easily fill a weekend. Located in an old Woolworth's store, Three Sisters Antique Mall in Blue Island offers two floors to browse. In Bourbonnais, Indian Oaks Antique Mall shows off 150 dealers.
Walnut, Iowa This hamlet of 857 (90 miles west of Des Moines) attracts 80,000 antiques-seekers each year. Walnut has nearly 20 antiques shops, and the popular Amvets Antique Walk and Show packs 25,000 visitors and more than 300 dealers each June.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® July/August 2009.)