If you like to spend your free time strolling through aisles of vintage furniture, scouring shelves of books, discovering unusual knick-knacks, or finding memorabilia from decades past, then you’re not alone. Northeast Indiana is home to many vintage stores with unique finds waiting to be discovered.
Whether you’re looking for a childhood toy that brings back memories or an unusual decor piece for your home, here are seven vintage stores to check out in Northeast Indiana.
1. Vintage Treasures Antique Mall
625 Coliseum Blvd. W, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
With over 89 vendors inside, it’s easy to spend hours exploring aisle after aisle in Vintage Treasures Antique Mall
. Owners Jonele and Doug Bilby say there is a wide variety of items in their store– from primitives to mid-century modern pieces, to military memorabilia and everything in between. At the back of their store is Berndt Comics, a vendor who specializes in collector comics and toys.
Vintage Treasures Antique Mall, 625 Coliseum Blvd. W, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
The Bilby’s got their start in vintage by selling items online. Eventually, they decided they were ready to quit their jobs and pursue selling vintage full-time. They opened Vintage Treasures Antique Mall in 2015.
Jonele says she doesn’t collect any vintage for herself, but she loves seeing vintage Fisher Price toys from the 60s and 70s. Her favorite part of selling vintage items is helping someone find the exact piece they’re searching for.
“Helping a customer find a piece they’ve been looking for forever, maybe your grandma had it, or it brings back memories, or it’s something they had as a childhood toy,” she says, “that’s my favorite part.”
Vintage Treasures Antique Mall is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.
2. Blue Fruit Jar Antiques
123 W 8th St, Auburn, IN 46706
In the heart of Auburn, Blue Fruit Jar Aniqtues offers two floors, jam-packed with vintage finds. As Owner Trude Myers describes it, “It’s like a Thomas’ English Muffin– full nooks and crannies.” Myers has been selling antiques since 1990, and she says the Blue Fruit Jar has something for everyone.
Blue Fruit Jar Antiques, 123 W 8th St, Auburn, IN 46706.
“If we don’t have it, we will help you find it. Just because we don’t have it, doesn’t mean we can’t find it.”
The store is organized by item type, and each room offers something different. At the entrance, customers will find glassware and jewelry of all types, like fine jewelry, costume jewelry and even some crafted by her husband, Bill Icher. There’s a room dedicated to cloth, where customers can find vintage fabrics, doilies, tablecloths, and quilts. Other rooms include a children’s room, dedicated to toys and children’s items, a garden room, dedicated to items like planters, pots and silk flowers, and an art room, filled with art and prints, ranging from modern to the 1800s.
Myers says her mom was a collector of vintage and gave her a love for all things old. When Myers was first married in 1964, she furnished her home with old pieces bought at auctions. She says the first item that really made her fall in love with vintage items was a box of pink and green depression glass she purchased at an auction for a quarter.
While she loves Victorian jewelry, Myers says she couldn’t ever pick a favorite type of vintage item to collect
“My husband said I should pick one thing and collect that, but I said no,” Myers recalls. “That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child!”
Blue Fruit Jar Antiques is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
3. Hidden Treasures Antiques
1655 N. Wells Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808
In the Wells Corridor, you’ll find Hidden Treasures Antiques, a stand-alone building with bright red and yellow accents. Though it may appear small from the outside, Owner Sandra Pierce has filled her store with old toys, glassware, cast irons, kitchen wares, furniture, knickknacks, and many other hidden treasures.
Pierce picks her items based on what catches her eye, and she says she finds older costume jewelry and hair combs from the 1920s to be some of the more interesting items she finds.
Hidden Treasures Antiques, 1655 N. Wells Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
Hidden Treasures Aniqutes has been in business for three years, and Pierce says her growing customer base comes from word of mouth in the community.
Hidden Treasures Antiques is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.
4. Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall
250 E. South St., Markle, IN 46770
If you’re heading South from Fort Wayne on I-69, you’re likely going to see some billboards for the Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall. It’s well worth the trip to Markle, or a detour on your current trip to see what they have in store.
Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall, 250 E. South St., Markle, IN 46770.
Owned by sisters Carole Hohe and Connie Gast, the Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall is over 30,000 square feet of vintage finds and is home to over 100 vendors. Inside you’ll find glassware, toys, home decor, tools, clothes, books, old advertising materials, postcards, furniture, jewelry, pottery, and much more.
Carole’s been selling vintage for over 30 years, so when the opportunity arose to purchase Markle’s antique mall, she and her sister jumped at the opportunity. Her favorite part of being a vintage seller is the hunt.
Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall, 250 E. South St., Markle, IN 46770.
“I enjoy the hunt,” she says. “I buy estates and get all kinds of stuff. I enjoy shopping around, bringing the items back, and finding those items a place in the store.”
Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
5. Delaney’s @1421 BroadwayDelaney’s @1421 Broadway, 1421 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
1421 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Not too far from the newly open Electric Works campus, Delaney’s @1421 Broadway sells all sorts of standard vintage items with a few unusual finds peppered in. Kate Fowler, manager of Delaney’s, says they try to carry a wide variety of items.
“We search for especially good deals on items we think our customers will enjoy– thus we have a large variety of items,” she says. “We have a hard time passing up silver plate items and neat glass, and we have a large collection of lamps, knick-knacks, old tools, clocks, cameras and projectors. Due to our limited space, we have had to limit larger furniture pieces, although we weakened a bit and failed to resist a neat old organ and an old barber’s chair.”
The location was previously home to Betty’s Antiques but Jim and Nan Delaney bought it in 2009 to house their daughter’s upholstery business and sell “neat old stuff” on the upper two floors.
Fowler says her family has grown up fixing and modifying and reupholstering older items.
“We enjoy being able to put previously unused and discarded items back in service,” she says.
Delaney’s @1421 Broadway is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
6. KM Picker’s Paradise
114 E Main St., North Manchester, IN 46962
Since November 2020, Kerrie Walton has been selling vintage items from her store in North Manchester, KM Picker’s Paradise. Inside, you’ll find a little bit of everything, from colorful glassware to kitchen gadgets and beyond.
KM Picker’s Paradise, 114 E Main St., North Manchester, IN 46962.
Walton says she enjoys the thrill of picking and going to flea markets, but she loves meeting customers and getting to know people and the community. In fact, she keeps a map in the store with pins marking where all her customers are from.
Walton says her parents inspired her love of vintage. She went shopping with her dad in South Whitley and got hooked. She’s managed estate states and sold from a booth in Warsaw before opening her own shop.
In addition to selling vintage, Walton’s husband, Michael, sells cutting boards and provides laser etching and engraving at the store.
KM Picker’s Paradise is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
7. Country Shoppes of Grabill
13756 State St, Grabill, IN 46741
Northeast of Fort Wayne, in Grabill, the Country Shoppes of Grabill offers two floors, packed with over 175 vendors selling vintage items for customers to explore.
Country Shoppes of Grabill, 13756 State St, Grabill, IN 46741.
Inside shoppers are likely to find vintage advertising signs, sports and diecast collectibles, primitives, farmhouse decor, jewelry, clothing, depression glass, Amish popcorn, and local artisan vendors selling oil paintings, handmade soaps, up-cycled furniture, decor and candles.
Manager Brandy Hall says there was a need for a vintage market in their community. They always enjoyed one-of-a-kind items and collecting vintage, so when the business came up for sale Owner Elmer Langacher and his family bought it.
Country Shoppes of Grabill is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.