The Thursday before last I found out that Illinois and Wisconsin was having a Vintage Shop Hop. Over 240 shops were participating. The weather forecast was for sunny and a tad warmer weather, high 40 and low 50’s. After a bitter cold hard winter this seemed like a heat wave.
Dare I ask, should I hope Mr. C would say yes? You see, Mr. C does isn’t spontaneous, at all! He likes things planned out, no surprises, nothing new. Oh what a life we lead. This is totally opposite of me.
I was looking for the best time to spring it on him, but it’s already Thursday afternoon, and it starts tomorrow. So, I just plowed in and asked him. He said, YES!!!!
Thursday night I excitedly planned out our route, there are 240 shops and I’m good, but not that good! I wanted to go to the shops that were the farthest, the others I could as day trips on my own.
Wouldn’t you know it my alarm didn’t go off and we got up late, I hate late starts. Out the door we went, got on I-294 to I-88 and headed west for about 1 1/2 hours.
Every shop we visited were so amazing with wonderful, friendly women. Nearly all the shops had coffee and fresh baked goods to welcome everyone on the shop hop. The majority of the shops offered discounts to the shop hop participants.
Our very first stop ended up being one of my favorites.
From Elburn we started heading North…
We stopped for a bit to eat at Shawn’s Coffee Shop…
Continuing North to Genoa
to The Old Barn Salvage Store….
Outside was an old truck…
The next town we hit was Marengo, IL.
Tammy, the shop owner, was very warm and friendly. We enjoyed talking with her. The shop is a nice mixture of items, gifts, vintage, and beautiful hand knits. She just celebrated her first year anniversary and we wish her many more.
The majority of stores were only open till 5 pm on Friday, and with our late start, by the time we got to the next two they were closed…in Poplar Grove.
We had expected to hit so many more shops..but that’s what happens when you get up late! So we headed up to our Naeset Roe B&B in Stoughton, WI.
Our room was very nice,
Stoughton is really a cute town with a beautiful opera house and several very nice restaurants and shops. One gem is the Saver’s store, it is beyond words.
It was late and didn’t want a heavy meal, so we stopped at Koffee Kup, and their food was ever so good. Very reasonable prices. My only complaint is that they don’t season the food? Which I find to be quick odd.
We were only going to stay one night in Stoughton, we were going to head East to Madison, WI, where the DIL and grand-kids live. But it didn’t work out, so we stayed another night.
The next day we hit so many more shops, but another favorite was right in town, Homestead Antiques, Facebook
Speaking about barns…I loved the character of this one!
We headed back towards home, South, and stopped in Evansville, IL, at the Vintage Roost.
It’s a smaller shop, but filled with rustic goodness. Great presentation.
After leaving the Vintage Rooster we made a wrong turn, but so glad we did, and stumbled upon a place that looked like this…
Chicken Coop Collectibles, Janesville, WI. I didn’t’ know if I wanted to go in? It looked really scary on the outside…but ever so glad we did.
It was adorable inside and great treasures. It’s not typically open during the winter (no heat) but it was warm enough for Shirley to open for the vintage shop hop. Right now she only accepts cash, but is soon getting a square to accept credit cards.
After this it almost became a blur the number of stores we visited. We stopped in the very cute town of Rockton, IL. which is another lovely town. There were five shops within walking distance to each other and great home town restaurants.
After leaving Rockton I spend more money that I though I would, and getting late, we headed straight home. You know it’s always good to get home.
It was a great trip and fun adventure. Since this post is already to long…I’ll share my out junkin finds later!
Have you ever been on a vintage shop hop?