Historic Downtown Alton’s Antique Row
What would a visit to Alton be without shopping ‘til you drop in Historic Downtown Alton’s Antique Row?
From reusable and refurbished items to that unique conversation piece, Downtown Alton’s shopping district is alive with antiques. Whether it’s an old ice box turned into a dresser or an old farm mail box used for a trash can, Antique Row is sure to have that special item you’ve been looking for. Spend a day strolling through historic downtown Alton and you might just find something you can’t live without!
My Just Desserts
31 E. Broadway
Open 7 days a week 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One hundred quilts line the walls and shelves of My Just Desserts, the Alton restaurant renowned for its soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. But owner Ann Badasch’s passion for quilts means the establishment also sells the vintage, and yes, antique quilts in addition to its lunch menu. From the classic Sunbonnet Sue to the Double Irish Chain, each quilt tells a story unique to the quilter and is collected during Ann’s travels. Included are quilts Ann has crafted herself over the years. In addition to the quilts, My Just Desserts also offers over 100 pieces of 1930’s feed sacks for sale. These feed sacks were used to create clothing, curtains, aprons and quilts during the Great Depression and beyond.
217 E. Broadway
Open Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Don’t let the understated exterior of Wilson’s Antiques fool you. Inside this 1,500 square-foot shop is an antique hunter’s treasure chest of quality pieces ranging from tables and pie safes to dressers and china cabinets. Every once in a while there is a surprising find: a five foot metal scale or the handmade white steamer popping up in unexpected places.
Alton Landing Antiques
110 Alton St.
Open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located on the lower level of the historic Mineral Springs Hotel, this antique store specializes in antique display items. The owners travel several times a year to the New England states to select items for Alton Landing Antiques.
Aunt Sha’s Cottage Furniture
307 E. Broadway
Wed., Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Don’t judge Aunt Sha’s Cottage Furniture by its size. This small – only 3 ½ rooms full of used furniture -- is big on refurbished vintage furniture. Find the piece you want either refurbished or ask to have it chalk painted and have your shabby chic find finished your way!
J&K Trash to Treasures
321 E. Broadway
Open Wed. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
The notion that someone’s trash is another’s treasure is the philosophy behind J&K Trash to Treasures. This store is filled to the brim with vintage furniture, knick-knacks and collectibles, some of which have been refurbished for customers looking for that shabby chic style. Looking for a Grizzly bear coffee table? That set of vintage croquet mallets and balls? Shopping in this store is a true adventure for the person who wants a one-of-a-kind conversation piece.
323 E. Broadway
Open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Remember Juke Boxes? Real metal Tonka Trucks? Underwood manual typewriters? Steve’s Antiques and Lighting is a virtual cornucopia of collectibles and vintage heirloom pieces which crowd the 15,000 square-foot showroom. Plan to stay awhile and take your time as your browse through the store which offers items running the gamut from stained glass windows, garden iron, golf clubs, clocks and vintage stoneware crocks to classic vinyl record albums.
George Street Antique Mall
108 George Street
Open Wed. – Mon. 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays
Lose yourself in the cavernous George Street Antique Mall as you browse through room after room packed with antiques and collectibles. This 15,000 square-foot shopping adventure is located in the lower level of a large warehouse. Take your time as you search through thousands of pieces from antique mantels, doors and chifforobes to the more prosaic lamps and collectibles tucked throughout the aisles.
401 E. Broadway
Open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Looking for that hard-to-find antique stool or collectible Lionel Train piece? For nearly three decades Country Meadows has been the go-to shop in Alton for unique and functional antiques and collectibles. Pieces include Depression-era glass, stoneware crocks, White Hall Pottery and a large variety of Primitive Cupboards, blanket boxes and furniture. Seven different dealers stock the store with new items arriving weekly. A new feature includes a “man booth” with collectible items geared strictly towards the male shopper. Country Meadows is a customer-oriented shop and offers layaway.
Alton Antique Center
401 E. Broadway (Lower Level)
Open Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays
Travel the world without leaving Alton at the Alton Antique Center. Walk through the jungles of Africa and discover one-of-a-kind artifacts or take a few steps deeper into this 10,000 square foot shop and find yourself transported to Asia featuring rugs, Japanese kimonos and glassware. A wide range of antique jewelry and watches in addition to the international flavors of European and Asian artwork and collectibles abound. American antique furniture and country collectibles are also featured throughout.
Prairie Peddler Antiques
413 E. Broadway
Open Wed. – Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Step into Prairie Peddler Antiques and discover truly elegant 18th and 19th Century Primitive and American antique pieces all displayed in a sophisticated setting. Classically arranged furniture in pristine condition creates the illusion of stepping back in time and moving through the home of an upscale Midwestern merchant. Prairie Peddler is a must-stop for the serious antique hunter.
J&P Edelweiss Antiques and Collectibles
435 E. Broadway
Open Mon. – Fri. Noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays Noon to 5 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Browsing the aisles and shelves of this venerable Alton establishment is a treasure hunter’s delight. Row after row of floor to ceiling shelves makes J&P Edelweiss a serious shopping experience. Collectible glassware, games, toys, housewares, furniture and more fill two floors of this 6,000 square-foot building.
211 Langdon St.
Open Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays Noon to 5 p.m.
Tinner’s Anvil is a true antique pickers delight. Located just off of Broadway, it houses over 4,000 square-feet of 19th Century antiques and collectibles. Looking for local historical pieces? Chances are Tinner’s has them. Take your time to browse through the shop which features area plat maps, antique iron beds, wool braided rugs, crocks, glassware, knick knacks and iconic ice boxes and pinball machines. Inventory is refreshed frequently.
513 E. Third St.
Open Thursdays Noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Friday of each month 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Discover the beauty of repurposed furniture at WOW Furnishings located just behind Tinner’s Anvil Antiques. This newly opened shop features furniture from estate sales, garage sales and auctions that has been refurbished and given new life. The shop features a smorgasbord of gently used and refinished pieces including headboards, tables and chairs, bedroom vanity and four rooms of unfinished furniture for the Do-It-Yourselfers. For those who want a specific color or style, custom painting and furniture design services are available.
1622 Bozza St.
Off the beaten path, B&M Furniture is located behind Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. This shop is full of unique antique furniture and collectibles. Want something a bit newer? B & M also offers new and gently used furniture.
For more information on antiques and seasonal events, call 1-800-ALTON-IL
Visit http://www.altonantiquedistrict.com/ for additional information on all antique shops in Alton, Illinois.