Monday, January 2, 2017

Vintage Shop Hop--what is it?

Updated 3/1/17:

The 4th Annual Vintage Shop Hop is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4, 2017. It's the mother load of road trips...a self-guided day to any number of the 388 participating VINTAGE shops & BOUTIQUES throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. 

WE provide the list of participating vintage and antique shops, and YOU grab your friends and hit the road to shop! 

This year the list tallies 388 locally owned vintage business owners who are taking part. They each roll out the red carpet for you by hosting a fun promotion inside their store. It might be anything from chalk paint demonstrations to jewelry making demo or music on site or a parking lot sale. Some offer a "pop the balloon" to determine your discount. Some give away gift bags to the first people in the store each day. It's entirely up to the shop owner to decide on what their promotion is...but all make it worth it! They also set their own hours.  Some shops will even be offering their promotion on Thursday, March 2 and/or Sunday, March 5.  Their typical store hours are to open at 9 or 10am and closing at 5 or after.

We suggest you take a look at the list, and decide if you want to shop in your own back yard or venture out a little further and make a day or weekend of it. Then, take a few minutes to check out the shops' Facebook pages, check their hours, and route out your day!

The event's official facebook page is:

You will find spotlight posts on each and every shop on the hop posted to the Facebook page--with hot links to their pages--and other appropriate posts from the shops themselves. So check our page every day! There's an interactive Google Map again this year! You can click/tap the map locators and see detail information on each shop. That means while you're out on the road, you can open the map to see what your next shop will be. 


A master list of shops and interactive google map will be found on the page tabs at the top of this page. If you are viewing this on a smartphone, you may have to tap the HOME button on your screen to see the page tabs.


To participate you must own a vintage shop in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin. The map tap will give you the general idea of boundries. If you're in a rural area without many vintage shops, we also allow boutiques, quilt shop, candy store, etc. No box stores, no national chains. Click HERE to register. $25 per business before February 1...then $45. Deadline is February 24, 2017...NO EXCEPTIONS.


Extend your Road Trip experience by making it a full weekend with friends. As participating lodging facilities make their package deals known, I will post them here. In the meantime, be sure to check out your options--many rural areas now have AirB&Bs or bed & breakfast inns to make your stay cozy and fun. Click below links for details.

Illinois Bed & Breakfast Association
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Organization
AirB&B listings
Bed & Illinois
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association
Bed & Wisconsin
Illinois Office of Tourism
Wisconsin Office of Tourism

Now, grab your friends. hit the road. shop hard.