Some of the best kept secrets are found in the Quad-Cities (QC), the area which serves Davenport, IA; Bettendorf, IA; Rock Island, IL; and Moline, IL. Although the area is known for the home of John Deere, residents could argue that the QC is also home to the best unique finds.
Here are the top four antique shops in the Quad-Cities.
Country Fair Mall:
This is your typical warehouse of antiques, being in a large barn-like building (19,000 square feet) with a huge parking lot to accommodate shoppers.
Locals love this mall because there are more than 100 booths that rotate with different sellers all year round. I love this mall for its unique art work and furniture. My wife and I own a historic house so finding period pieces is difficult. We have been able to acquire a fainting chair and several already framed artwork for our entire first floor.
504 W 1st Ave, Coal Valley, IL 61240
Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
River Bend Antiques:
This antique store offers more than 200,000 items and sits in an antique building itself. The building dates back to 1862 and is the oldest structure in downtown Davenport. The only drawback is parking. The store sits on a busy one-way street so if you don’t get a parking spot right away, you may find yourself circling the block a couple times until you do.
However, once you get inside, you’ll find an array of antiques and collectibles including dolls, toys, stained glass, music instruments, furniture, movie props, and glassware.
419 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fred & Ethel’s 50’s Antiques:
This store is a throwback to a specific genre and features items of the 1950s. From retro clothing to jewelry, and from kitchen items and housewares to vintage Christmas items, Fred & Ethel’s is the premiere place for costumes or collector’s memorabilia. Many locals have been known to stop by to accessorize their theme party, Halloween costume, or even to decorate their walls with vintage tin signs.
Parking is tricky because it’s on a two lane road that has parking on both sides of the street. Antique aficionados may be parking a couple blocks away but it’s definitely worth it.
1326 30th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dar-Jac Antiques & Jewelry:
Just a few blocks down from Fred & Ethel’s is Dar-Jac Antiques & Jewelry. The store features antique jewelry (the best selection in the area), unique furniture, art, books, glass, and, at one point of time, a wood carved chess table with chairs carved as knights. The pieces are carved as well, making this a distinctive collector’s item.
Since the store is near Fred & Ethel’s, the parking has the same trickiness because it’s on a two lane road that has parking on both sides of the street. Again, once you find a parking spot, the store is worth perusing.
3115 14th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201
Wed – Fri: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm