The Biggest Antique Mall I Ever Did See!

Many times when I travel for work, I find myself in small towns with a whole lot of chain restaurants and that’s about it.  But I always make it a point to find the treasures and charms of the city (if any) and that’s exactly what I did when I was in Kokomo, Indiana.  The highlight of my trip as visiting the Original Treasure Mart – the biggest antique mall in Indiana I ever did step foot in!  Come take a look… 🙂

This building was FOUR STORIES tall, my friends.

In a small town in Indiana.

The setup of everything was like eye candy.

I pretty much wanted to buy everything in this little room.

Would you look at all those trinkets?

LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabrics and colorful shelves, tables, and chairs.

And a vintage bike?  Yes please.

And not to mention the collections galore… I could look at antique China for days.

Looking at all these metal food tins brings me back to my childhood.

And I LOVE glass bottles in all colors, shapes and forms.

This place was brimming with books and old records.

And beautiful antique jewelry by the glass case full.

Little treasures like this teapot put a smile on my face.

And antique sewing machines always amaze me.

These made me daydream about the outfits that women used to pin these on.

This made me want to bust out in dance to some oldies.

I totally didn’t know what this mason jar was used for.  But right when Marvin saw the picture he said “gumball machine”!  What would I do without him?

And lastly, wouldn’t that be nice if Coca-Cola was still only 5 cents, haha!

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60 Comments

  1. April 25, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    ok this just is NOT fair.

    You MUST take me here. This is basically my mecca and I have to travel to this place at least once in my lifetime

    aaaaand go.

  2. April 25, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    wow so fantastic. 🙂 i have to admit i LOVE midwest antique stores. it seems like they always have the motherload.. and the prices are amazing!

    p.s. i would give my left pinky if i could take photos like you 🙂

  3. April 25, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    I absolutely love that record player and bike! 🙂

  4. April 25, 2011 / 10:03 pm

    We drive through Kokomo every time we go to see my sister but have never stopped. I think you’ve convinced me that I need to!

  5. April 25, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    i already saw most of these at CE but i didnt tire looking at them. wish i could go to that mall – it looks sooo inspiring!!!

  6. April 25, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness! I could spend hours browsing the trinket shelves, alone! WOW! That is one neato antiques mall. Love all your photos!

    The last thing I bought from an antiques shop was a beautiful vintage dish…I made it into a cake stand! 🙂

  7. April 25, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    Sweet! Glad you had a good experience in my awesome state. We have some antique stores in my town, too, and I need to visit them again. It’s been waaaaaay too long. 🙂

  8. April 25, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    Sandy, I’m so jealous! You find some of the best stuff. I haven’t been to an antique store in so long! I’ve been to a few thrift stores here in San Diego, but have never found anything special.

  9. April 25, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    Wow. I would totally go crazy in there.

    I love antique shopping. All day. Every day.

    Last time I bought A large record player/8 track player/radio – 70s and wonderful.

  10. April 25, 2011 / 11:31 pm

    wows.. that’s a pretty amazing antique shop! and so neat, organized, and clean! great pics, sandy!

  11. April 25, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    looks amazing!!! and… did you purchase anything?!?

  12. April 26, 2011 / 12:25 am

    looks like a treasure trove of goodies! beautiful pictures. the last thing i bought was a pair of green wall sconces (spelling?) 🙂

  13. April 26, 2011 / 1:04 am

    That place is amazing! Deserves to be in the thrifting hall of fame or something!

  14. April 26, 2011 / 1:12 am

    Holy cow, I could spend an entire week in this place!! Don’t you just love discovering these treasures? Awesome pics too, btw!

  15. April 26, 2011 / 2:13 am

    wow, I had no idea a place like that was so close by! I will have to check it out sometime very soon 🙂 For the first time ever I’m actually kind of excited to live in Indiana.

  16. April 26, 2011 / 2:17 am

    I’d love to visit this store! Oh and I love the vintage bike!

  17. April 26, 2011 / 3:00 am

    Wow! That is a dream come true! I would go crazy there buying dishes and bikes. Awesome!

  18. April 26, 2011 / 7:42 am

    Wow, terrific photos Sandy!! There is literally so much to see in all of them. I’d love to go through those collector metal signs.. What an amazing place.. what’d you get?

  19. April 26, 2011 / 7:45 am

    oh man, that looked like so much fun!! My last antique purchase was a button haha 🙂 It was a pretty button too

  20. April 26, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Oh my goodness!! It’s like heaven on earth! Love that vintage bike and record player!

  21. April 26, 2011 / 8:50 am

    I love the layout of this antique mall- some of them are so cluttered! I was not surprised that this mall was in Indiana- there are tons of small towns in Indiana with huge antique malls (people travel from all over the country to go shopping at them)! Centerville, Indiana also has several large antique malls/stores that I used to go to when I lived nearby.

  22. April 26, 2011 / 9:07 am

    Holy WOW…you hit a goldmine girl!!! Love all the pics…it must have been amazingly fun!

  23. April 26, 2011 / 9:12 am

    eeeep!! I love everything in these photos!!!! I now want to go to an antique mall!!!!
    I realllllllly want to ride in that bike!!

  24. April 26, 2011 / 9:30 am

    Oh my gosh, so fun!

  25. April 26, 2011 / 9:36 am

    Love it! I could go antique mall hopping any day…in fact I went last weekend & bought a couple of old recipe tin boxes because the designs were just too cute.

    If I’m ever in that area, I’ll be sure to stop by! Thanks for sharing, Sandy!

  26. April 26, 2011 / 10:33 am

    i used to date a guy from kokomo…how random 🙂 (a LONG time ago)…i’m antiquing through you now, i haven’t gone in so long!

  27. April 26, 2011 / 11:05 am

    what an amazing store! I could spend hours in there!

    The last thing I bought from an antique store….hmmm….I think it was my coca-cola crate…but it was purchased the same day as a bunch of other stuff. I wrote a post about it here:

    http://jdavissquared.blogspot.com/2010/08/treasures.html

    That was last August! I need to get back out there!

  28. April 26, 2011 / 11:14 am

    i love how all these photos has a vintage look in it!

  29. April 26, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    That shop looks amazing! I bet you spent so long there looking through all the great finds. It’s been a while since I’ve been to an antique store – I think I have to change that soon 🙂

  30. April 26, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    WOW! I think I could have spent hours in there!

  31. April 26, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    woah, what an amazing and overwhelming amount of beautiful treasures!

  32. April 26, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    These are incredible shots! What a wonderful place to treasure hunt.

  33. April 26, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    No way! I live less than an hour from there…I’ll have to check it out! Did you get anything??

  34. April 26, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    I am the same way when I travel for work. I always try to find the stuff that you can only find in that city.

    This antique mall looks like so much fun! I would probably spend a whole day in there! I’ve been into vintage/antique vases lately so that’s what I’ve been buying.

  35. April 26, 2011 / 5:11 pm

    oh wow! i’ve already found 10 things i want from the photos you posted. what a great place to visit 🙂 looks like it is time for me to head back to the local antique shops in search of some great finds.

  36. April 26, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    This looks like a little bit of heaven! Or the opposite – depends on who you are I guess. But man oh man, I’d love to spend a day in there! Oh the treasures you could score!

  37. April 26, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    Oh MY RIDICULOUSNESS! I just pee’d a litte..haha This is amazing..our antique malls in Vegas don’t even compare…I am drooling over here…ohhh thank you so much for sharing these photos..I mean it is so amazing you could literally frame one of your photos haha Last thing I bought was a vintage wicker and wood orange tufted chair for our living room!

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  38. April 26, 2011 / 7:36 pm

    Oh how I love a fabulous Antique Mall – there are several here in Ohio and nothing makes me happier than going to just rummaging around them! They are always filled with such inspiration and I always leave wanting to redecorate!!

    Have a fabulous day, girl!

  39. April 26, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    This was in Kokomo?!? Oh dear, the number of times I had to drive through that city and I never knew! I could have spent HOURS in there!!!

    *kate

  40. April 26, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    Okay totally jealous of you — would have LOVED to peruse that place!

  41. April 27, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Looks like a place I’d visit! I might have to stop next time we’re traveling through Indiana. Antique shops are just so fun to explore.

  42. April 27, 2011 / 9:36 am

    just wanted to let you know that I just tagged you in my latest post…come check it out!

  43. April 27, 2011 / 11:16 am

    best antique mall I’ve ever seen. Everything was organized so nicely! I could spend hours in there! Love that room full of nicknacks!

  44. jennifer young
    April 27, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    what did you buy? that place looks ginormous! amazing!
    j.

  45. steph
    April 27, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    That’s awesome!!!! There’s this huge antique shop in Lansing I went to once with my coworkers, it was pretty overwhelming…but was one floor. And had a pie shop connected to it!! That was some really good pie.

    Love the teapots and teacups. Actually maybe I should go find a nice set, would be cool to have some for the check in table at our wedding. We love tea 🙂

  46. tintin
    April 27, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    wow…i think i am going to have to take a trip to kokomo, IN soon!! this place looks amazing!! great find sandy! =)

  47. April 27, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    that is AMAZING!! i think i would have spent hours there. that’s so great that you seek out the treasures of the small towns you visit. strip malls/chain restaurants get old!!

  48. April 27, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    WOW! That place is amazing. There is so much eye candy I don’t know how you could stop yourself. So many decorating possibilities. And all the photos you too are just perfect.

  49. April 28, 2011 / 6:20 am

    holy cow! i don’t go antiquing as an adult but we used to go every weekend with my mom when i was little…..never to a place that grand though! that’s intense!

  50. April 28, 2011 / 7:48 am

    D-R-O-O-L!! That would have done some serious damage to my wallet 🙂

  51. April 28, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a dream.

  52. April 30, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    i’d live hear for the rest of my life. please. 🙂

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