Do you live by the manta, "one man's trash is another man's treasure"?

Do you find joy repurposing old pieces?

Do you like giving awesome, neglected pieces a new life in your home?

If you've answered yes to any, or all of those questions, you need to plan a trip ASAP to Alton, Illinois.

Alton, Illinois Has Several Claims to Fame

Located along the Mississppi River, Alton. Illinois is a pretty place to visit, but that is not what the town is most well-known for. says Alton is also home to the world's tallest man, some unique attractions like the Piasa bird mural, and the McPike Mansion in Alton is often called one of the most haunted places in Illinois. Here's what you might not know about Alton, Illinois's apparently an antique lovers paradise!

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Alton's historic downtown area is also known as "Antique Row." Featuring dozens of gift and specialty shops as well as over 15 antique stores, it's the perfect town to shop for one-of-a-kind items.

Many of Alton's antique shops are located near the downtown area and are all within walking distance of each other, but you definitely need to hop in the car and visit the Alton Exchange Mall before you head out of town.

The Alton Exchange Mall features over 100 booths in 16,000 square feet of shopping space. Antiques, crafts, jewelry, books, decor, Alton Exchange Mall's got them all and then some! Sounds like a pretty cool place to knock out all your holiday shopping don't ya think?

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