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Summertime means shorter Fridays at the office and playing hooky every now and then. And what better to do on a day off than a fun and fruitful shopping trip to the Midwest's vintage wonderland: Milwaukee. They also made beer famous.

It's about 100 miles away in a car or about an hour on the Metra from Ogilvie Transportation Center which, let's be honest, is a lot closer than you think. While you're there, you'll definitely take advantage of the lower sales tax, there's the small city vibe to conquer and the cheese curds to devour. Also, there's the plethora of vintage shops hocking everything from vinyl chairs to vinyl records to vinyl pants. Don't worry: there's also other vintage items to score--and not at big city prices. After the jump, we've rounded up some of the top shops to get such vintage treasures.


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Clinton Street Antiques

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Clinton Street Antiques is perhaps one of the cutest--albeit one of the more expensive--places on our list. Find a smattering of furniture, old Milwaukee-focused antiques and a great little garden in the back where you can just sit and take in the summer day.

Antiques On Second

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Jewelry: Vintage, modern, and unique hard to find pieces. Furniture: Lamps, tables, dressers, chairs, etc... Fine Art: Wall art, decorative, lawn art, famous artist prints. Entertainment: Beer signs, theater specialties, etc... Glassware of all types: Dishes, mugs, glasses, steins, etc... Movie posters & collectibles. Vintage military items: Knives, badges, ribbons, medals, etc... Antique Toys & Sports memorobilia. Books by the thousands! Clothing: Multiple eras, dresses, hats, scarves, gloves, accessories, galore! Canvas Backs: Milwaukee based European fabric & high end fashion clothier.

Walkers Point Antiques

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Located on the top floor (actually the third floor) this antique shop touts a number of vendors. Some specializing in tchotkes, some in glassware and barware and others in clothing. Prices are sometimes negotiable and the music is always good.

Riverview Antique Market

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Almost 15,000 square feet of furniture, artwork, clothing for both men and women as well as furniture. Each booth has its own feel--whether it's midcentury modern or 1950's wartime

Farm Girl Art & Antiques

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As the name might lead one to believe, this is a store put together by a farm girl and geared toward farm girls. There is a collection of rustic Wisconsin memorabilia and kitsch that you expect, but there's also a few nice vintage pieces to shop from as well as new and contemporary production items.

Blackhawk Antiques

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Likely the higher-end shop on our list this shop is a little more for the serious collector. There's a ton of art, some taxidermy and a second large area just for furniture.

Tip Top Atomic Shop

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Located in the heart of Bayview near Honeypie Cafe (you must eat here) Tip Top Atomic Shop is the local favorite for rockabilly and pin-up merchandise straight from the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. There's a great deal of furniture and home accessories but the store really has found glory in its collection of vintage clothing.

Clinton Street Antiques

Clinton Street Antiques is perhaps one of the cutest--albeit one of the more expensive--places on our list. Find a smattering of furniture, old Milwaukee-focused antiques and a great little garden in the back where you can just sit and take in the summer day.

Antiques On Second

Jewelry: Vintage, modern, and unique hard to find pieces. Furniture: Lamps, tables, dressers, chairs, etc... Fine Art: Wall art, decorative, lawn art, famous artist prints. Entertainment: Beer signs, theater specialties, etc... Glassware of all types: Dishes, mugs, glasses, steins, etc... Movie posters & collectibles. Vintage military items: Knives, badges, ribbons, medals, etc... Antique Toys & Sports memorobilia. Books by the thousands! Clothing: Multiple eras, dresses, hats, scarves, gloves, accessories, galore! Canvas Backs: Milwaukee based European fabric & high end fashion clothier.

Walkers Point Antiques

Located on the top floor (actually the third floor) this antique shop touts a number of vendors. Some specializing in tchotkes, some in glassware and barware and others in clothing. Prices are sometimes negotiable and the music is always good.

Riverview Antique Market

Almost 15,000 square feet of furniture, artwork, clothing for both men and women as well as furniture. Each booth has its own feel--whether it's midcentury modern or 1950's wartime

Farm Girl Art & Antiques

As the name might lead one to believe, this is a store put together by a farm girl and geared toward farm girls. There is a collection of rustic Wisconsin memorabilia and kitsch that you expect, but there's also a few nice vintage pieces to shop from as well as new and contemporary production items.

Blackhawk Antiques

Likely the higher-end shop on our list this shop is a little more for the serious collector. There's a ton of art, some taxidermy and a second large area just for furniture.

Tip Top Atomic Shop

Located in the heart of Bayview near Honeypie Cafe (you must eat here) Tip Top Atomic Shop is the local favorite for rockabilly and pin-up merchandise straight from the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. There's a great deal of furniture and home accessories but the store really has found glory in its collection of vintage clothing.