Antique Trail: 3 Wisconsin Stops for Finding Treasures

By Kristina LeVan
Staff Writer

Wisconsin is full of hidden gems, and the rarest of them can only be found at a local antique shop. Discover the state's best secrets on this antiquing adventure that will take you from Green Bay to Door County.

Green Bay

Start your treasure hunt at American Antiques & Jewelry in Green Bay. This small antique store packs a punch when it comes to specialty collector’s items.

The shop holds a wide variety of vintage jewelry and watches for both men and women.

Collectors also will find coins, baseball cards and a fine selection of Green Bay Packers memorabilia.

Fuel up at Daily Buzz Espresso Bar before heading to your next destination. Located just across the Fox River in the historic Bellin Building, Daily Buzz offers an atmosphere as warm as its selection of hand-crafted coffee and espresso drinks.

From there, head south on I-43 towards Manitowoc.

Manitowoc

Just off of Exit 152 on I-34, I-43/JJ Antique Mall is hard to miss – just look for the bright blue letters on the side of this 10,000-square-foot shop and you’ll know you’ve arrived.

From vintage toys to WWII memorabilia, the mall has a unique mix of antiques that will suit any collector’s taste. Visitors can roam the large, brightly-lit space while sipping on coffee, or munching on freshly made popcorn – free to all shoppers.

While in town, grab a bite to eat at Revolutions Bar & Grill. The restaurant serves specialty burgers, sandwiches and hand-tossed pizzas, all with a fun and fresh spin.

Door County

Finish your treasure hunt at Chelsea Antiques & Blue Willow Shop in Sister Bay. From Manitowoc, take Hwy 42 for a scenic drive that hugs Lake Michigan.

Algoma acts as the perfect stopping point to stretch your legs and grab a cup of coffee or tea at Caffe Tlazo. From Algoma, Sister Bay is just an hour’s jaunt up Hwy 42/57 N, where you’ll reach your final shopping destination.

Housed in a 100-year-old barn, the shop sells handpicked English and French antiques that are a natural fit with the countryside ambience surrounding the bright blue barn.

Voted Wisconsin’s best antique shop, Chelsea Antiques sells everything from furniture to vintage jewelry. The property also is home to Blue Willow Shop, a specialty store that features new home décor, culinary delights, books and bath products.

While in town, stop by the Door County Bakery to pick up a famous Corsica Loaf, a specialty French bread made only at the bakery. The eatery also offers breakfast, lunch and a cappuccino bar.

 

Up for more antiquing? Check out more top Wisconsin destinations for vintage finds

This entry was posted in Shopping