Whenever my wife and I make a trip to our hometown of Blue Island, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago, we always make it a point to (1) eat lunch at the White Castle at 127th and South Western Avenue, (2) drive past the homes that we grew up in, (3) visit Carr Gardens' gift shop to purchase some unique soups and (4) stop at the Three Sisters Antique Mall in search of an old book or a vintage collectible or just something that strikes our fancy. We always find something. Three Sisters has over 60 dealers who display their wares on two floors. It is listed on Illinois' complete antique guide with several other stores in De Kalb, Rockford, Naperville, Elgin, Aurora, Morris, Ottawa, Braidwood, Wilmington, Galesburg, Rock Island, Geneseo, Coal Valley, Morrison, Sterling, Ladd, Utica, Albany, Fulton, Rockton and South Beloit. I always find a rare book or two. It takes time. The library of books isn't categorized according to title or author or subject matter. You just have to browse and browse and browse. But I've found several good books over the years at $5 each, a good bargain. Twin Sisters always has lots of glassware. Historians will be pleased to find vintage Coca-Cola bottles. Magazine lovers will spend as much time sorting through old Life and Look and Colliers and Sport and Saturday Evening Post as I do thumbing through books in the library. Music-minded folks won't be able to resist the boxes of old records. We visit Twin Sisters at least once or twice a year and we always find that there has been a considerable turnover with new items on display. If you don't find something of interest, you aren't trying.
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