We decided on the spur of the moment to just get up and go on an Indiana shopping trip in advance of the Gordyville Antique Show coming up next month.
But first, we spent the night at a rather new motel next door to the Whippoorwill Antique Mall in Marshall, Ill.
The mall is a multidealer facility with a great selection of goods. It has 12,000 square feet and is open seven days a week. You can check them out at http://www.whippoorwillantiques.com.
We then went on to to Shakers' Landing, at 18th and Willow streets in Vincennes (812-886-6024). The venue is 8,000 square feet, and it also features picture framing. It is different because it has lots of military relics and coal mine items.
We bought an old Illinois Central bulletin board that will soon be in the new Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in downtown Champaign. It was a good stop with a small amount of architectural salvage.
The real surprise in Vincennes is the Riverwalk Antique Store, 124 Main St., which is owned by one guy who works in Illinois. It looks small from the outside, but it is three stories inside with high-end stuff.
Riverwalk had primitives, collectibles, oil lamps, candles, rag rugs and furniture. It is kind of hard to find, but it is a nice place, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop is on Facebook; you can email email@example.com.
By far the biggest place in Terre Haute is called Exit 7 Antiques & More, 3099 S. Sixth St. (812-878-3948).
The mall is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is owned by Connie Sue Thacker. She will not take checks, so you need cash or a credit card.
Here we bought what might end up as an island in our kitchen. It has a large pull-out bread board and multiple drawers. It is painted white, probably pine. We will know soon if it is pine because it will soon be stripped of all of the white paint.
We then went on to Indianapolis; next Saturday's column will concentrate on the two largest architectural artifacts and salvage operations in the Midwest.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.