Antiques: belonging to, made in or typical of an earlier period. But, make no mistake, antique doesn’t necessarily mean worn-out; and certainly not useless. Antiquing is a big “sport” in Missouri, with the unusual and normal found in nearly every nook and cranny of our state. Go find some.
Missouri is home to numerous antique and flea markets, curiosity and gift shops, plus stores filled with collectibles and memorabilia. You can find nearly anything and everything, old and new, as is (or as was) and refurbished, waiting to take that special spot in your home. Choices range from mom-n-pop storefronts to mega-malls; they are far too plentiful to cover in detail, so here are some good examples across our five regions. A visit to any of these will surely lead you to great discoveries and other nearby businesses in the world of antiques. Note: Some small antique shops do not take credit cards, and hours of operation vary.
In the Southwest Region, collectors have much from which to choose.
- Mikes Unique Collectable and Antique Flea Market in Springfield gives you access to more than 225 booths and showcases, including Richard Nixon memorabilia, as well as a large selection of used furniture. Oh, and they are pet friendly.
- In the town of Ozark, just off Route 65 at Route J, behind the famous Lambert’s Cafe II (home of the "Throwed Rolls"), two markets await your visit: the Antique Emporium fills 12,000 square-feet; and Martin's Antique and Flea Mall offers 500 stalls of unique items.
- In Mount Vernon, 30 miles west of Springfield, I-44 at exit 46, 100 dealers fill more than 10,000 square-feet at Relics Antique Mall. A second location, Relics Antique Mall & Tea Room, located in Springfield, is possibly Missouri’s largest, at 90,000 square-feet and more than 500 booths.
Northwest Missouri takes a backseat to none.
Missouri’s Central Region is, well ... in the center of it all.
- Pulaski County's Antique Trail includes listings for 13 antique and collectible shops; enough to keep you busy for days.
- In Williamsburg (I-70, exit 155), the Apple Wagon Antique Mall offers 125 booths of antiques and home décor, including a large selection of hard to find Fiesta dinnerware.
- Don’t overlook the small village of Blackwater, on the National Register of Historic Places. Two shops are sure to grab your interest: Antiques and Interiors includes chandeliers and baby grand pianos; and, Blackwater Treasures for glass, artwork and quilts.
Way down south, in Southeast Missouri, you can easily shop until your legs give out.
Northeast Missouri is not to be overlooked.
- Think huge in St. Louis and hit all of the shops (and a restaurant or two) along the six blocks of Cherokee Antique Row. Wow!
- In wine country, antiques date to the early 1800s. In addition to wineries and a micro-brewery, Augusta invites you to visit the quaint Augusta Emporium antique shop and the 5,000 square-foot Stone Ledge Antiques.
- In the artisan’s colony of Clarksville, beside the Mississippi River, you’ll find treasure troves, including B. T. Dove Antiques, which sells repurposed furniture, plus paintings and prints.