A Junkin' Road

Itinerary | A Junkin' Vintage Road Trip | Cedar Falls & Waterloo, Iowa

A Junkin' Vintage Road Trip

Throw some junk in your trunk during a vintage road trip.

Whether you are looking for antiques, items to repurpose or that piece of something that fits your décor just right, you will find it nestled somewhere in Cedar Falls. We will show you the way.

Day 1

Start your day with some delightful pastries and coffee from the full coffee bar at Barn Happy. These delights are generous in size and made from scratch just for you. When done, browse the century old barn, remodeled as an Iowa gift shop and restaurant. And, don’t forget to visit the loft and see all of the junkin’ fun you can have with the antiques and primitives for sale.

Next, head to Cedar Falls Downtown District and check out Hatchlings & Hens and find one-of-a-kind locally-made goods, vintage finds, the perfect gift and painted furniture. Or, get creative in their make-and -take craft studio. 

It should be getting close to lunchtime and the Cedar Falls Downtown District has a great selection of locally owned restaurants. After your homemade lunch, visit Little Prairie Girl, a self-described “Found and Rescued Home Goods & Clothing” shop.  Your next stop might be Miss Wonderful. They carry an eclectic mix of mid-century modern furniture, housewares, lighting, clothing and accessories. The fun downtown continues with a stop at Fig and Frolic on 5th Street. They believe that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. You'll enjoy their one-of-a-kind, fun, recycled designs. And don't forget about workshops that take place in their enormous studio! 

After checking into the historic, boutique-like Black Hawk Hotel, the oldest continuously-operating hotel site in Iowa, wander along Main Street until you find a place you might like to dine. Whether elegant or casual, downtown offers the dining experience you want. Relax with a drink and visit with friends or make some new ones. And don't forget a little nightlife as you wrap up your first day in Cedar Falls!

Day 2

Good morning. Farm Shed, connected through the lobby of The Black Hawk Hotel, offers a variety of breakfast options for hotel guests. Or, step across the street to the Cup of Joe or a few blocks away to Cottonwood Canyon The House for coffee and pastries. 

Spend some time browsing any shops you may have missed downtown, then drive a few blocks over to Gilgen’s Consignment Furnishings. Filled with easily repurposed furniture and antiques on two levels, this is a fun shop to do some browsing. 

On your way home, stop by Union Station (3605 N. Union Rd). Their shop has shelf after shelf of antiques and vintage items. They have no online listing, but they are open most days, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The owner also suggested you call ahead at 319-266-3315.

You may want to plan your visit in March. Funky Junk-a-Loo takes place at  the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center March 21 and 22. And the UNI-Dome will host Antique Spectacular Vintage Market March 20-22. 

Visit our Trip Planner and learn to create an itinerary of your own using the Travel Pack. Have questions or need assistance? Just Contact Us at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). We'd be happy to help!

As always, things change. Be sure to check with all attractions and stores to be sure they're open on the days you'd like to visit.