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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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1. Clinton Street Antiques

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426 s 1st
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.

2. Antiques On Second

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1039 2nd st
Milwaukee, WI
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.

3. Walkers Point Antiques

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1134 S 1st St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 383-3036
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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.

4. Riverview Antique Market

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175 S Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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

5. Farm Girl Art & Antiques

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803 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 405-4210
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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.

6. Blackhawk Antiques

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633 S 12th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 385-9999
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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.

7. Tip Top Atomic Shop

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2343 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 486-1951
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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.

1. Clinton Street Antiques

426 s 1st, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.
426 s 1st
Milwaukee, WI 53204

2. Antiques On Second

1039 2nd st, Milwaukee, WI
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.
1039 2nd st
Milwaukee, WI

3. Walkers Point Antiques

1134 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.
1134 S 1st St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

4. Riverview Antique Market

175 S Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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
175 S Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

5. Farm Girl Art & Antiques

803 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.
803 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

6. Blackhawk Antiques

633 S 12th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.
633 S 12th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

7. Tip Top Atomic Shop

2343 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
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.
2343 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207