Buckle Up - Dig an Antique Road Trip to the Cedar Valley


posted on Monday, March 13, 2017

Do you like to browse around in search of that perfect antique or vintage item? How about finding that perfect piece of ‘junk’ that you can repurpose into something new? The Cedar Valley has many options to help you do just that, including two events coming up this month. Use the map above to help plan your trip. 

Antique Spectacular - Vintage Market will be at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on March 17-19. Collectors and antique enthusiasts will find the unexpected at Iowa’s largest indoor antique and collectors show. The market runs from 4-9pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 and parking is free. ($1 off coupon available online).

If you love junkin’ or repurposing old items, you won’t want to miss Funky Junk-a-loo on March 25-26 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo. Saturday doors are open from 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. Early bird shopping is available on Saturday beginning at 9am. Admission is $3 in advance and $5 at the door, Kids ages 10 and under are free. Saturdays’ early bird admission is $20. This marketplace highlights antiques, repurposed designs, and creations for home and garden. There will also be seminars and door prizes throughout the two-day event.

You can also spend the day exploring shops throughout the Cedar Valley. You can find antiques, repurposed masterpieces, junkin’ parts for your next project, home décor and more.

Shoppe on the Corner
209 W 5th St | Waterloo
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
This unique little shoppe is located in the historic Russell Lamson building. It features antiques, gifts, and quality consignments.

Calico Hen House
Calico Hen House, Waterloo

Calico Hen House
1022 Alabar Ave | Waterloo
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm; Sun Noon-4pm.
This two-floor shop has over 8,500 square feet of shopping with 45+ vendors. There is a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, upcycled items, furniture, new home decor, florals, candles, handmade items, seasonal items and more.

Barn Happy
11310 University Ave | Cedar Falls
Hours: (Mar-Dec) Wed-Sat 9am-3pm
This old dairy barn, built in 1925, has been converted into a unique shopping experience. The main level features Iowa made products, homemade soup, sandwiches, baked goodies, and a coffee bar. Antiques and collectibles can be found upstairs in the hayloft.

The Rusty Bucket
The Rusty Bucket, Cedar Falls

The Rusty Bucket
127 E 23rd St | Cedar Falls
Hours: Thurs-Sat 9am-5pm
They specialize in raw salvaged, recycled, reclaimed materials as well as primitive, rustic, and vintage decor. A one stop shop for reclaimed materials, hardware, antiques, and some custom furniture and decor designed and created right in the store while you shop.

Fig & Frolic
114 W 5th St | Cedar Falls
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-7pm
This shop has a quirky style bound to make you smile. The shop is full of fun unique gifts and upcycled home décor and furniture. They also are an official stockist Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and have workshops to help inspire your creative side.  

Miss Wonderful
216 Main St | Cedar Falls
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-4pm
This Main Street shop has a unique mix of vintage finds as well as newer goods with vintage inspiration.  They also carry a custom furniture line that can be tailored to fit your needs.

Little Prairie Girl
206 Main St | Cedar Falls
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm; Thurs 11am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun Noon-4pm
Little Prairie Girl has two floors of vintage items, new home goods, and ladies fashion and jewelry.

Little Prairie Girl
Little Prairie Girl, Cedar Falls

Pink Peony Studio
200 State St, #102 | Cedar Falls
Hours: Mon 11am-5:30pm; Tues-Wed & Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-5pm
Pink Peony is located in the new 200 State Street building. They have several vendors that bring in upcycled, refinished, and original pieces. They also carry an eclectic mix of antiques, candles and décor for home and garden.

Townie Vintage
215 Franklin St | Cedar Falls
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm
Located in a historic home in downtown Cedar Falls, this shop is full of industrial decor, rustic wares, vintage, retro, furniture, mid-century gems, salvage, shabby chic, repurposed, jewelry and more. During the summer months, they open at 8am on Saturday to accompany the farmers market that is held across the street from their shop. 

If you're looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon or weekend, add the Cedar Valley antique shops to your travel plans.  

- Annette Freeseman, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Calico Hen House, Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau, The Rusty Bucket.

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