on Friday, February 9, 2018
(Little Prairie Girl, Cedar Falls)
Vintage shopping is unique, nothing like shopping the big-box stores that offer multiples of an item on one shelf. When shopping for antiques and vintage items you have to search several shops and look behind items and into cupboards and boxes to find that special something for your home. We suggest you take your time shopping (perhaps even for an extended weekend), bring along a friend and embrace your vintage soul.
We have a full list of antique shops on our website for you to review and to add to your “shopping” cart if you’re planning a weekend (see our Travel Pack), but we can’t resist telling you a little more about a few of them.
What will you find in this renovated barn? Upstairs from their store filled with locally made items and specialty foods (and their coffee shop), you’ll find antiques and primitives. Filled with mason jars, vintage linens and antique housewares, we think you may find just what you need to set up your vintage, farmhouse kitchen.
Fig & Frolic
Fig & Frolic combines recycling design, a rustic style of new and antique items, unique lighting and housewares, and a variety of workshops into an irresistible shop.
Truly a unique offering, Gilgen’s is located on a brick-paved street in a century-old building that used to be a neighborhood grocery store. This really is one of those places you need to take your time and browse. It’s full of glassware, furniture, books and more.
Hatchlings & Hens
Bright and creative, Hatchlings & Hens offers locally made housewares and home decor, vintage finds and a walk-in studio.
Little Prairie Girl
Located in the Cedar Falls Downtown District, Little Prairie Girl offers vintage finds and antiques amid the latest in bohemian fastion and accessories.
(Miss Wonderful, Cedar Falls)
Miss Wonderful is a mid-century modern inspired store with vintage furniture, lighting and housewares, stationery, jewelry and other accessories.
The Rusty Bucket
Tucked away in an old garage, you’ll find industrial décor, antiques and rusty, raw items for your repurposing pleasure!
Located in 1889 Victorian home, Townie Vintage is filled to the brim with items for your home. There are so many items, you’ll have to visit all the rooms more than once!
(Fig & Frolic, Cedar Falls)
Don’t forget about the vintage and antiquing events that bring vendors in from around Iowa and the Midwest.
Antique Spectacular & Vintage Market
March 16-18, 2018
UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls
The term “spectacular” is not an exaggeration. There is no doubt that if you have an antique or vintage item in mind, you’ll find it here. This show at the UNI-Dome holds more than 150 exhibitors and they aren’t selling rusty finds that need a little TLC. They're selling antique candy molds, antique photos, furniture, jewelry, sporting goods and curiosities that remind you of your visits to your grandmother and great grandmother's house. For those who love antiques and vintage, this is a can’t-miss event and worth spending the day (or two). So, be sure to plan your vintage-rusty-antique shopping spree for an entire weekend.
March 24 & 25, 2018
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo
More than 60 vendors will turn the convention center into a “re-purposed paradise and a sea of antiques.” You’ll find rustic, antique and vintage finds as well as items converted for a new purpose such as suitcases into dog beds and glass jars into light fixtures.
Calico’s Vintage Flea Market
1022 Alabar Avenue, Waterloo
Calico Hen House in Waterloo is full of small, individual antique shops throughout the year. But, in August, 40 additional dealers fill outdoor space for their annual vintage flea market. Coffee and rolls are available in the morning and pulled pork and brats at lunch so you can spend the day shopping for unique finds. 2018 will mark their 32nd year and we’ll add their date here when it’s been announced.
No weekend getaway would be complete without great places to eat and a place to sleep. Check out our list of dining options and hotels that are as comfortable as home at Places to Eat & Drink and Places to Stay.
Interested in finding more Things to Do? Contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or stop in at 6510 Hudson Road. The visitor center is open seven days a week.
We’d be happy to help!
(Antique Spectacular & Vintage Market, Cedar Falls)
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