Antique City Drive

Antique City Drive, Walnut: Address, Antique City Drive Reviews: 4/5

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Cobblestone street with shops, restaurants and a hometown atmosphere.
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Roger M
Howard City, MI26 contributions
Couples
Attended this Flea Market on Fathers Day Weekend June 2012. It was little warm. But this is a very well laid out show. Upon arriving they have people on horse back to direct to parking. The later you get there the farther away you are from the show, but it is a very easy walk. The show covered serveral city blocks. I did not run into one rude vendor. Everyone cheerful and helpful. Prices were very good these vendors know the market and do not try make all there money in one sale. There are also serveral antique stores in the middle of town. There was good mix of items for sale. I will return again, my wife and I had a great time.
Written September 19, 2012
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Rhymenoceros
Ames, IA1 contribution
Friends
Just wanted to voice my experience of the Best and the Worst shops to visit, purely based on the character of the shop owners.

The absolute Worst was a shop called Sugar Grove Antiques. The owner wears all black, all the time, and he is the coldest shop owner I've ever encountered. When I attempted to ask about an item I was interested in, his response was rude and snippy. Alright, I thought... I will look around a little more and maybe find something else that I liked. Maybe that was something dear to him??. Yet again, when I attempted conversation with this unfriendly bald fellow, he gave me the cold shoulder and even started to have a fiery tone. I was nothing but respectful, and was not interrupting anything. This guy needs to realize if he doesn't sell things, he's not going to be there very much longer! It doesn't seem like he fits in with the rest of the stores - probably because of his attitude towards the customer.

The BEST shop was definitely the Village Blacksmith at the South end. The older gentleman that was there (I assume he owns the place) shared many stories and took the most time out of any shops to really get to know what I was looking for. He had a wide variety of antiques and it seemed like he had a true passion for it.

Hope this helps anyone trying to plan their visit. Definitely steer clear of Sugar Grove and be sure to stop in to the Blacksmith.
Written December 18, 2012
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HaveSuitcaseWillTrvl
Illinois204 contributions
Walnut Iowa, just of I-80, used to have a nice little downtown that was well-kept and had many antique shops and a couple of cafes. Obviously, most of the shop owners have given up. The downtown is shabby, with many storefronts empty or with stores that are never open. In addition, other than Forget-Me-Nots and the Granery Mall the stores are crowded, the merchandise dirty, the cafes are long gone and the place just projects the overall impression of a town that has seen better days. This is really too bad, because I used to love to stop here when traveling, but these days I rarely bother and even when I do stop--it doesn't take more than an hour to hit the stores that are still there (and are worth going in to).
Written April 23, 2012
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Allison H
Chicago, IL125 contributions
Family
We shopped at several antique shops while traveling through Walnut & B Restored was by far our favorite shop! We found several interesting architectural pieces to hang in our home. I thought the prices were fair for what we purchased. This store also sells new clothing and jewelry pieces.
Written July 16, 2016
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Beth F
Lake Charles, LA24 contributions
We looked forward to going to all the antique stores in Walnut when we were planning our trip through Iowa. I guess we're the only folks on here who didn't find it all that amazing. Most of the stores we went in had a horrible smell. No, not that typical antique shop smell - moldy smelling and it burned our throats. Several stores had so much stuff piled up you couldn't possibly find anything. The dust was breathtaking in many stores - and not in a good way. The people in the stores weren't particularly friendly or helpful. There was no place open to get any food. It was a slow time of the year maybe. We did manage to find a couple of unique pieces, but it's not a place we would go back to.
Written September 28, 2019
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dse31600
Billings, MT76 contributions
Couples
This is a must stop if your in the area. It's not far off the highway and well worth the time even if you're not an antique lover. The bakery smells like my Grandmas kitchen. My favorite shop owner is the man in the Blacksmith shop. His life stories should be written down and put in a book.
Written May 20, 2017
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Judy H
Edmond, OK41 contributions
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I love this town. I never knew it existed until an antique dealer in California told me about it. I've been there three times. This quaint town is, in my opinion, off the beaten track. Only for us to have discovered an antique lovers dream. We spent hours there going through each and every store. We found many lovely things to take with us. Beautiful antique buffet mirrors, 1920s framed prints, and furniture. Don't expect it to be a short trip. There's many stores and so much to see.
Written April 20, 2017
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Robbintravels
Council Bluffs, IA317 contributions
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We drove up on a saturday afternoon. A bit disapointed on how many places were closed. There were 6 or 7 places open. It was a good way to spend a couple hours.
Written February 18, 2017
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kat1755
Brayton, IA132 contributions
Couples
We stopped at Walnut for a day trip I love going through all the stores there are many antiques to look at many of their antiques are quite pricey so bring a lot of money but you can find a few gems that aren't as much it was worth the trip out of the house on a wintry day
Written January 11, 2017
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jessienelson
Beatrice, NE48 contributions
Friends
Small unique town with several antique stores. Could find a little something for everyone, but didn't find any deals. People are friendly here. Went on a Friday, some stores weren't even open so would recommend going on a Saturday. Buildings were very old and did smell.
Written July 23, 2016
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