Antiques are generally thought of as non-child friendly items. In fact, when the adults go antique shopping, we generally leave the children at home.
However, my grandparents passed away in the last year, and I’ve had an opportunity to see my three children react to some unique finds in their home: old rotary phones, travel souvenirs and vintage clothing. They’ve been intrigued and had lots of questions, learning more about history and their great-grandparents along the way.
Get the same intrigue and rich history lessons from a day trip to one of the numerous antique malls in Indy and surrounding areas.
In one of the oldest buildings in downtown Carmel, the popularity of Carmel’s Old Town Antique Mall encouraged the growth of an original 3500 square foot building to a 12,000 square foot building. Booths display everything from vintage toys to high-end jewelry. The mall is open to buying items brought in by customers and invites the family dog to join in the hunt.
Southport Antique Mall knows the value of inviting the entire family into the mall. They often hold outdoor pop-up shopping opportunities, host family Halloween events each year and sponsor fundraisers several times annually. The antique mall supports The Julian Center, Art with a Heart, The Alzheimer’s Association, school supply drives and more. For those serious collectors, the mall has a page on their website for customers to submit a wishlist. If the item shows up, they’ll contact you.
Located in Plainfield since the late 1980s, Gilley’s had made a name for itself in the wide range of vintage furniture, collectibles, memorabilia and more. With a staff who knows the vendors and customers alike, they enjoy helping customers find the special item they’re looking for and welcome young and old to check out the variety.
In the heart of Indy, families can visit a huge display of popular artwork and antique items, while grabbing a bite to eat nearby or catching a ball game downtown. Booths are often themed, giving viewers a blast from the past with furniture, artwork, coffee tables and an overall ambiance for the themed time period.