Monday, November 28, 2011

Antiquing In Morris, Illinois

Hi Folks!
          This week, Char & I decided to check out Morris, Illinois. The town is about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, at the junction of Interstate 80 and Illinois Route 47. This little gem of a town has only several antique shops now, but it is host to many interesting little shops, boutiques and restaurants. Set along the Illinois River, this town has charm and interesting places to see.  Boaters will find an excellent launching site along the river, where water levels are kept between 9 - 12 feet by a series of dams. You will find plenty of free parking in this town.

Inside Morris Antique Emporium

      The Morris Antique Emporium is a 15,000 Sq. ft. antique mall that houses a variety of unique and interesting antiques in a roomy, pleasant setting. You will find old toys, fishing lures, comic books, swizzle sticks, furniture, gas station memorabilia, etc. in 3 floors. Prices are mostly moderate. I got lost in this shop for several hours, browsing the many interesting items. (I purchased a 1910- 1920 automobile push horn for $36 and a Davis & Cook Level, patd. 1886 for $26. This was a birthday gift to my son, Steve, a union carpenter.)  This is one of the finest little antique malls in northern Illinois!
          Another shop with some antique jewelry, gently used clothing, and home furnishings was Our Home To Yours .
          Morris Coin Shop (302 N. Liberty St.) buys and sells gold, silver, coins, silver dollars, proof sets and old paper money. Check for old coins in grampas attic and bring them in for a free appraisal.

Inside Vintage, Morris, IL
           Vintage (222 Liberty St;( is a delightful little shop that has an amazing selection of crafts and re purposed furniture. This shop presents very well. Prices are moderate to high, but merchandise is high quality.

Inside Gypsy Soul, Morris, IL
          Gypsy Soul was another shop that offered some nice re purposed jewelry, gently used clothing and misc. items. with a flare.
          There is also a Historical Museum in town, also many other shops and restaurants we did not get a chance to visit.  You can easily spend the better part of a day exploring downtown Morris, Illinois and the surrounding area.


  1. I enjoy reading your posts Don. I especially like Vintage and Ruby Begonia's-the owner at Ruby's~Monica~ is such a sweet lady. Do you have a favorite spot to eat when in Morris?

  2. Thanks Rose,
    I enjoyed the SANDLOT Bar & Grill during my last visit to Morris. (312 Liberty St.) The burgers are big, flavorful and reasonably priced!