Every mom deserves a “me day” every once in a while, right?! One of my favorite ways to spend a solo weekend afternoon is by taking a trip to a vintage market (some may call it a flea market, craft market, or antique market) or visiting a fun downtown area to see a few different antique shops. It’s also a fun day to gather up a few girlfriends (or an older kiddo) to shop and then break for lunch.
Now that it’s almost fall and we’re about to enjoy some cooler weather, the perfect activity for a kids-free weekend day is browsing treasures with a mug of hot coffee in hand. Below are some markets taking place around the area this fall, as well as some antique shops categorized by town, if you’re interested in a little shop-hop day instead.
Vintage Markets & Craft Shows
Scotch Grove Antique Fair and Flea Market: Sept 8-10 and Oct 13-15, Scotch Grove
Good Maker’s Market: Sept 8-9, Tipton
ICM Made Market: Sept 10, Coralville
Revival on the River: Sept 16, Cedar Rapids
Fall Flea and Fair at the Barn: Sept 22-23, Wellman
Harvest of Junk at The Farmer’s Wife: Sept 29-30, Marengo
Nettianne’s 4th Annual Shed Sale: Sept 29-30, Marengo
What Cheer Flea Market: Oct 6-8, What Cheer
Fall Barn Show at Farmhouse Market: Oct 13-14, Tipton
Iowa City has a handful of antique shops throughout town instead of condensed in the downtown area. This lends itself to a few different shopping days instead of just one!
Iowa Farmhouse: Formerly the Rug Cottage, this spot is along Highway 1. It’s en route on your way to Sister’s Garden and Bloom in Kalona, which is also along Highway 1.
Crowded Closet: Crowded Closet is a non-profit resale shop with a great antiques section as well as an international gift shop. All profits support Mennonite Central Committee.
Sweet Livin’ Antiques and Art: This store focuses on a great selection of vintage records. It’s in the South Gilbert Street area along with Crowded Closet. Big Grove Brewery has a great outdoor patio and is also in the same area.
West Branch has a charming downtown area for an afternoon of browsing. Reid’s Beans is a great place to refuel after hitting the shops.
I love shopping and walking around in Mount Vernon. Fuel is a unique spot to grab a cup of coffee when you need a break. The shop even has its own treasures to browse.
Of course, there are many other great places to spend a day shopping outside of the Corridor. Visit Iowa Antique Network for antiquing road trip routes throughout the state.
Do you have a favorite antique shop or show? Happy junking!
For more festive fun and seasonal events, check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Iowa City!