Category: Vintage/Antique Shops

Shop Small Day 309: Pack a snack, we're heading to Urban Farmgirl

I understand, maybe antiques and vintage markets aren’t quite your thing (though True North was just voted #1 antique store in Grundy County!). Maybe you’re a little more Chip and Joanna and you want to channel your inner Magnolia. Rustic chic calling your name? Time for a little decor “fixer upper?” Pack a snack and... Read more »

Shop Small Day 281: Cracker Jax

Sometimes treasures aren’t found in neatly organized racks and display cases. Finding a hidden gem is more rewarding when you stubble upon it wondering how someone else could’ve missed it. Much like discovering the prize at the bottom of the box, you can find rewards digging through Cracker Jax. If neatly organized, color cordinated clothing... Read more »

Shop Small Day 267: Small Business Saturday

 Anthropologie enthusiasts will love the cozy home feeling of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/day-129-room-363/" target="_blank">Room 363</a>.  Fabulous clothing, decor, and hand-crafted items.
Had your fill of Black Friday craziness? If you’ve waited all year for Small Business Saturday to shop small, thanks for finally joining us! Time to shop local and bring some love to our neighborhood stores. Throughout the year I’ve found some incredible shops for everyone on your list. You could, quite easily, finish all... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead... Read more »

Shop Small Day 252: Holiday Markets, part 1

If you’re one of the over-achieving “I’ve been done with my shopping for weeks” people, this probably isn’t for you.  I’m trying to be organized this year (you can follow my Stress-Free Holidays checklist here!) If you like giving unique gifts, or just finding really cool one-of-a-kind items for yourself, here are 4 upcoming markets... Read more »

Shop Small Day 238: Bella Roba

My biggest pet peeve of any store, big or small, is being ignored. A simple “hello” or “I’ll be right with you” speaks volumes to me about a store’s customer service. I have to say, though, I had the best store welcome EVER when I found Bella Roba. Seriously, how could you resist going into... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 233: Out the Attic Antiques

You could go to the ordinary mall and find hundreds of the same item at various chain stores. Or,  you could go to the outskirt of the mall and find thousands of unique items all in one shop! Bring the family because there’s something for everyone at Out Of The Attic Antiques. This, my friends,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 227: Bring it Home "Again"

There’s something about perusing through a consignment shop that makes me feel like I’m about to find a treasure. While haphazard clothing stores make me crazy, I love the comfortable chaos searching through vintage furniture and home goods. I’d be a great “American Picker.” One of my readers must know my style well to send... Read more »

Shop Small Day 215: Re-Joyce

If your idea of a perfect weekend involves antiquing, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to drive three hours for a great shop. In fact, for the past two years there’s been a great store filled with treasures only twenty minutes from my house, I had no idea. It was another great find... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 195: Nest Vintage Modern

A few weeks ago my friend was out shopping and texted me “You HAVE to come to this store!” Since then, I’ve tried twice. Once it was just past closing time, the other time I was about an hour too early. I think the universe it actually trying to protect my wallet, it may be... Read more »