Follow Iowa's Antique Trail
Whether you're a serious antique collector or just enjoy a trip down memory lane, you're bound to discover treasures at these Iowa antique stores. Spend a weekend traversing an antique trail across Iowa.
No doubt you’ve seen Antique Archaeology on the American Pickers television show. Since Mike and Frank are mostly on the road picking through barns and sheds packed full of who-knows-what, you most likely won’t see them. But it’s fun to see Mike’s shop in real life, check out some of the “pickings” and perhaps buy some American Pickers souvenir merchandise.
The 50 dealers in Smokehouse Square Antiques stock their booths with a plethora of quality vintage and antique merchandise. Premier folk art, gas and oil items, country primitives and farm finds are just some of the items in this everchanging inventory.
Amazing Grace Antiques and Gifts offers a mix of antiques and new items. Customers often buy things that remind them of grandma’s house. Old linens and reconditioned rugs and runners are
especially popular with crafters. New items include soaps and sachets that the owner makes herself
and lotions that her daughter makes.
Housed in what was originally a communal home, Grapevine Antiques carries stock from 24 dealers. Mid-century kitchen wares, advertising signs and antique tools are some of the merchandise attractively displayed.
Eight rooms of the old home that serves as Renate’s Antique Gallery are jam-packed floor to ceiling with a mix of reasonably priced, mostly small items like kitchenware and pottery. One room is filled with only items originally made in Amana, from braided rugs and woven carpets to furniture and baskets.
Attached to Renate’s Antique Gallery, Erenberger Antiques specializes in antiques with an East Coast origin. High quality furniture, pewter and small American primitives are attractive to the serious antique collector.
Heritage Haus Antiques sells only antiques, no vintage or collectibles. The shop specializes in primitives and early American, with lots of quilts, candles, toys and unusual items like porcelain rolling pins.
Main Street Antiques in Marshalltown offers an eclectic mix of antique, retro and vintage items. Find everything from vinyl records to bedroom sets in the two-level 5,000-square-foot shop that takes items in on consignment from a thousand or so vendors.
The original Haverhill general store is home to Reclaimed Treasures on Main. The diverse mix of antiques and collectibles includes hard-to-find pieces. After shopping, take a break and enjoy six flavors of hand-packed ice cream served in a cone, cup or shake.
You won’t find reproductions or retro items in Iowa River Antiques. From vintage toys and radios to milk cans and crates, the Conrad shop carries only “old school” merchandise.
Located smack dab in the center of Iowa just off Interstate 35, Antiques Iowa boasts 18,000 square feet of collectibles, vintage items and antiques showcased by over 125 dealers. With dealers bringing new finds in every day, you’ll discover something different on every visit.
The Brass Armadillo® antique mall is a destination for collectors, dealers and enthusiasts. Showcasing vintage, retro, classic and antique pieces from 400 quality dealers, the Brass Armadillo offers a veritable shopping adventure with furniture, glassware, quilts, clothing, collectibles, and fun repurposed items. For the do-it-yourselfer, Brass Armadillo sells replacement hardware, as well as restoration and refinishing supplies.
The Barn Mall, which occupies an 1894 former lumber barn, features 34 vendor booths spread over two floors. On the third floor find dozens of chairs, some ready-to-use and others available for buyers who enjoy restoring furniture themselves.
The Granary Mall is housed in an 1800s building which was originally a seed and grain company. The shop features antiques and collectibles for sale by 100 antique dealers from seven states, as well as the Midwest’s largest Red Wing Stoneware inventory. Be sure to notice the original equipment, still intact, that ran the milling facility.
A half-dozen or so vendors make up the three-level Rusty Farm Girls. The shop specializes in primitives, including chalk painted furniture. However, the shop is also stocked with nice collections of vintage clothing, jewelry, glassware and old signs.