This time of year many antique Stores have sales - which is just another reason to go exploring. This past weekend I took a tour through Wilmette, IL and Glenview IL hitting several antique malls and sole proprietor shops. Continuing my series sharing impressions on these locations and providing comparisons and resources for like-minded antique hunters.
This Blog discussed the following retail locations (links to their websites as of Feb 2013):
1) Antiques & Porcelain by GK (1705 Glenview Rd, Glenview IL, 60025 847-724-3059)
2) Glenview Coin & Collectibles, Inc
3) Collectors Corner Antique Mall (901 Ridge Rd, Wilmette, IL, 847-256-1136)
4) Heritage Trail Mall - Wilmette, IL
5) Josie's (545 Ridge Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091, 847-256-7646)
|Exhibit A and B - High priced seed pods & pots|
All these shops in Wilmette are within blocks of each other. Antique shopping on Chicago's Northshore is not an exercise of bargain hunting. I found several examples of shops that were very pleased with their items for sale. I enter into evidence Exhibit A and B - the $32 flower pot with white paint (hello, I could make that for $2) and the $55 dried Catalpa seed pod (well that's what it looks like to me.) Just points out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! That said, I had a great time window shopping and found some truly gorgeous items and took their pictures!
|Antiques & Porcelain by GK; |
Glenview Coin & Collectibles - This shop is next door to Antiques & Porcelain by GK. The day I visited there were two gentleman working in the shop; I think it was a father & son team. While I'm not a rare coin gal - it was a very interesting assortment of items from several countries and time periods. They are pretty and I learned about some of the stories behind them. One side of the store also has estate type jewelry and a small corner of vintage items and antiques. They have a "grab bin" of international coins at one price (I think it was cents or a $1) I thought this would be interesting for beading, but there were none with holes in the middle.
|Collectors Corner Antique Mall; |
Heritage Trail Mall - This place was so much larger than I thought. Visiting on a Saturday the store was very full with both shoppers and vendors. The retail space winds between two floors and across what feels like separate buildings. Hence, I very much appreciated the yellow arrows on the floor helping navigate the dead ends and pathways. There are approximately 70 vendors and 70,000 ft2 or space. Only a few stalls were empty. This is a place to hunt around and peak into corners and cabinets. Speaking of which, I loved a wood cabinet which a vendor had used for jewelry. Fortunately NFS :) There was one display booth that had many framed game boards. This was so clever and looked great. The frames were rustic and simple. This would be so easy for me to do with some of the old games from my mom. I'll need to file this away. I could see these in a child's room easily. They have a calendar of events including a flea market which I think would be fun to attend.
|What a Jewelry Box!|
|Framed Game Boards|
|Tiffany Bowl - $450|
If you enjoy this post you might also like to read Teresa's Garden Song first Blog Antique Mall review. I already have picked out the next set of places I want to explore on the near north side of the city! In Part 3 I will be back to hunting for bargains!
Everything old is new again!