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Calling All Shoppers! Plan a Day of Discovering Vintage Treasures in LaPorte County

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Oh, the back roads you’ll travel and quaint main streets you’ll wander when you plan a day (or more!) of browsing the amazing array of antiques, collectibles, and other intriguing finds in Northern Indiana. Cool little shops line Michigan City’s downtown along Franklin Street. Head a few miles south to the community of LaPorte for more finds in their historic downtown. 

Imagine shopping for vintage finds, farmhouse goods, and primitives under soaring ceilings in refurbished barns in the LaPorte County countryside. Don’t miss the longtime tried-and-true antique shopping malls, where vendors operate booths with every antique imaginable – furniture, glassware, toys, jewelry, clothing, comic books, wall art, and holiday decorations that whisper of the past. 

Antique shopping is so ingrained in LaPorte County, that some special day-long events are on tap in the coming months. So if antiquing is your passion, plan a trip to this special pocket of Northern Indiana, where a treasure trove of vintage goods await. 

downtown delights

A Whole World of Good, LaPorte – Beautifully crafted jewelry, scarves, and more from all over the globe help sustain impoverished communities in foreign lands and add to the amazing array of puzzles, games, leather goods, scents, soaps, clothing, and tableware at this boutique shop that also boasts a coffee bar. 

Nanni’s Over the Fence Antiques, Michigan City – Shoppers rave about the incredible assortment of antiques and the friendly owners at this establishment. Shoppers peruse booths filled with primitive, farmhouse, Victorian, mid-century, and modern finds, including furniture, toys, glassware, holiday decor, clothing, jewelry, records, and salvage items. 

Good News Vintage, Michigan City – The owner here extends a welcome to her “ever-changing, curated collection of all things vintage!” Those items include furniture from antique to mid-century, plus a huge variety of art, fashion, vinyl, and retro goods, all displayed in a colorful, airy setting. 

Hoity Toity, Michigan City – The folks who run this store with a wide-ranging host of goods like to say they have “everything you thought you didn’t need.” Once inside, shoppers find they not only want everything from high-end and unique items to project furniture and home décor, but they need it too! Furniture from all eras, collectibles such as milk glass, rugs, and art fill this fun place to shop on historic Franklin Street.

The Closet by Franklin Vintage, Michigan City – Looking for some fab clothing from the past? This small gem of a store on Franklin features both men and women’s clothing spanning the late 1800s to the 1980s. Add in jewelry, shoes, purses, and all types of other items such as lace collars and umbrellas to top off your outfit from the past. Shop for art too. 

ReNew Consignment, Michigan City – Treasures galore fill this huge store, including high-end consignment clothing, dishes, furniture, wall art, clocks, leather purses and more. The wide variety of merchandise is well-organized, making shopping here a breeze. One customer described his shopping experience as a “journey through a world of carefully curated items.” 

Freckle Farm Primitives and Antiques, LaPorte – Vintage cupboards, crockery, tables, and more star at this downtown store that has moved from the country and is known for its primitives and farmhouse goods. Folk art, quilts, rugs, and gardening finds round out the assortment, with new finds coming in each week. 

vendor mall mania

Coachman Antique Mall, LaPorte – Thousands of vintage items, from furniture and glassware to toys, clothing, and collectibles fill three floors at this longtime showplace, where knowledgeable staff will help you find your dream relic from the past. Pick up modern-day soaps and oils too.

The Antique Market, Michigan City – More than 100 vendors give antique enthusiasts plenty of choices in this huge mall, voted Best Antique Shop three years in a row by a local newspaper. Shop for vintage furniture, clothing, wall art, jewelry, china, glassware, toys and so much more, and watch for annual events and sales.   

Co-op Shoppes on State Street, LaPorte – Vendors fill side-by-side downtown buildings with both new and vintage goods. You’ll find everything from new baby clothing to Longaberger baskets to collectible gems, jewelry, and furniture. Concrete geese and other concrete items are popular. Check out the works of local artisans too.  

Bennett’s Up Towne Shoppes, LaPorte – Local vendors sell a plethora of items from their booths, including jewelry, antiques, flashy vintage clothing, gardening finds, children’s books, crockery, woven rugs, dishware, and linens. If you want to add some living greenery to your life, one booth sells lovely potted plants.

out in the country

Barn Style Primitives, Rolling Prairie – Discover a fascinating mix of old and new at this countryside shop in a big red barn. Antique furniture, vintage jewelry, primitive stuffed animals, sweet-smelling candles and so many more items fill the shop, which also features special holiday shopping events. 

Fawn Run Farm Mercantile, Rolling Prairie – Handcrafted folk art, including dolls, animals, and characters created by the owner bring a unique spin to this countryside shop, which also features refurbished cabinets and furniture, primitive wares, and farmhouse furniture, as well as dried flowers and seasonal items. Open seasonally.

It’s All about the Barn, LaPorte – Nothing says “antiquing” like an 1836 barn out in the country filled with vintage finds and primitives! Antique furniture such as caned chairs, glass bottles, lanterns, crockery, and even fishing lures take stage under a soaring barn ceiling. There are even more finds outside. Open May-October. 

Blue Moon Vintage Market, Westville – Located on a horse farm out in the country, shoppers find an array of antique furniture, lighting, farm-style tables, home decor, architectural items, salvaged items, and other vintage finds in a well-organized, airy space. Whimsical paintings of animals, many who live here, add to the interesting variety. Step outside and see the mini-horses too. 

I Love Toy Trains Country Store, Michigan City – Antique train buffs and toy aficionados will love this big store, which features both new and antique trains, such as Lionel and Thomas. See five trains in action on the store’s large layout, plus classic trains on display. There are vintage toys too, including dolls, tea sets, and die-cast airplanes and cars. The store is just five miles west of the Hesston Steam Museum.

shopping events

LaPorte County Antique Barn Shop Hop – Nearly a decade ago, some savvy antique shop owners united to create a special shopping day in their countryside stores, many in refurbished barns.  Today, the Barn Shop Hop invites antique lovers to the weekend-long events. Those who register and visit all the shops on the tour are eligible for a drawing for a free gift certificate for any of the stores. Dates for this year’s hops include May 3-5 and Sept. 6-8, 10am-4pm. Shops included so far are: Fawn Run Farm Mercantile, It’s All about the Barn, Freckle Farm Primitives, and Barn Style (see listings above). 

Dig the Dunes Vintage and Thrift Shop Hop Bus Tour, LaPorte County – April 6 – The Dig the Dunes organization has teamed up with the Good News Vintage shop in Michigan City (see shop info above) for a day of visiting five vintage and antique shops on a 5-hour and 30-minute bus tour. Food and drink options are available, including bus-only (snacks included) or an all-inclusive package that features drinks before, after, and on the bus, as well as lunch.

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