Antiquing is a fun way to spend time and spruce up your place. But not all antique stores are created equal.

If you are looking for collectables, antiques are the way to go  So what will it be?

  • furniture
  • dishes
  • stained glass
  • war memorabilia
  • collectible dolls

The items are endless. So, where to find the best antiques in Illinois? Look no further than two destinations right in our own backyard that made the list of Top 10 best antique stores in Illinois.

5. Olde Timers Antiques, Sandwich, IL (DeKalb County)

Olde Timers is a multi-dealer mall situated on that has three levels of places to shop. Over 130 dealers.  26,000 feet of antiques. The ground floor covers the whole block, upstairs and basement. The entire mall is clean, well lighted and feature wide open aisles.

Old Timers' merchandise is all pre-1970 and they boast they sell the "highest quality,along with items that you expect to find are many unusual and unexpected finds.
Our furniture is pristine, room-ready, affordably priced."

7. Hidden Treasures Antiques in Loves Park

Hidden Treasures says they are the largest antique mall in the Rockford area! IThey have a 37,500 sq. ft. showroom with 250 vendors..

The mall stocks large collection of antiques, retro, crafts and collectibles. music enthusiasts, you can even find vinyl records, which are very much back in fashion again. You 'll also find vintage furniture.

Hidden treasures opened up back in 2014 and the stock of antique inventory is always changing.

If you are looking for more fall fun, check out the complete Top 10 list HERE.

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