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Guide to Antiquing in Iowa

Iowa has a culture and history like no other—and the best way to take in all of the state’s unique charm is at one of its many antique shops. Here’s a guide to antiquing in Iowa.

Artifacts

Iowa City

Located in Iowa City is Artifacts—the area’s leading vintage resale shop that specializes in one-of-a-kind antiques, vintage treasures and eclectic hidden gems. Outside of Iowa City, the shop also serves the surrounding communities of North Liberty and Coralville by boasting a selection of antique art, jewelry, clothing and even furniture. Artifacts is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.artifacts-iowacity.com

Walnut Antique Mall & Show

Walnut

The Walnut Antique Show began in 1982, and since then, has attracted vendors and shoppers from all across the country and world. Between its vibrant atmosphere, charming hosts and eclectic collection of storied treasures, the show has become a regular fixture in the city culture, and Iowans from across the state flock to the show when it makes its annual return each year. For more information, visit www.walnutiowa.org

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Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

Des Moines

Brass Armadillo Antiques certainly aren’t specific to only Iowa—but that doesn’t make the Des Moines location any less special or unique. The antique mall is a community store that boasts vendor-driven spaces filled with historic treasures and a number of other forgotten gems—many of which come in the form of books, art pieces, furniture accents, clothing and more. The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. For more information, visit www.brassarmadillo.com

Antique Archeology

Le Claire

Le Claire’s own Antique Archaeology is special for a lot of reasons. Not only is it one of the quaintest spots to visit in the city, but it’s also the home of the world-famous American Pickers. The hit TV series on HISTORY Channel, “American Pickers,” follows the adventures of two professional antiquers as they travel America in search of treasures that tell a greater story of the country’s history, values and stories. Mike Wolfe, the show’s star, auctions his own special finds (and also bids on others) at his Le Claire-based company, Antique Archeology. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.antiquearcheology.com

The Antique Gallery

Iowa Falls

At The Antique Gallery, visitors can stroll aisles of stunning antiques and storied items in a friendly and comforting atmosphere. Beyond the precious products, the coolest aspect of The Antique Gallery is that the store’s inventory changes almost every week. As treasures are sold and auctioned off, others will quickly fill its place. Plus, if you’re great at bargaining, you’re welcome to negotiate prices to ensure that you get the best deal. The Antique Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.the-antique-gallery.eden.io.

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