Saturday, September 1, 2018

Vintage Shop Hop--what is it?

Updated  09/1/18:

The official 2018 event is over...but we encourage you to use the list all year long. These shops and boutiques for the most part are open year round as regular retail establishments. Once you open the Google Maps on your phone, it will be there all the time...just waiting for you to view the stores and create a road trip!!! 

Join us for the 2019 event on March 1 & 2!!

Are you an Illinois or Wisconsin vintage shopping hound? Do you love to ROAD TRIP with your girlfriends?

The 6th Annual Vintage Shop Hop is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2, 2019. t's the mother lode of all vintage road trips...a self-guided day to any number of the 400+ participating VINTAGE shops, BOUTIQUES, BARN SALES, ODDITY SHOPS & HOME DECOR STORES 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! You will find farmhouse chic, industrial and automotive relics, architectural salvage, barn wood, piles of windows & doors, vintage & boutique clothing, jewelry old and new, cottage finds, cabin goods, and everything to deck out your she shed, man cave or outdoor bar!

Each year the shop owners 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 continue their offers a day before and a day after the official event dates.  Their typical store hours are to open at 9 or 10am and closing at 5pm or after.

We suggest you take a look at the list as it grows, and decide if you want to shop in your own backyard 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! You won't find a 2019 list until registration opens for the shops to take part...on January 1. At that point we begin building the new list. 

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 every 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...and that works year 'round. Just open your Google Maps, go to the 


A master list of shops and interactive google map will be found on the page tabs at the top of this page...even after the event! 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 tab will give you the general idea of boundaries the event covers. 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. Registration begins after January 1 every year and ends a week before the event.  Please visit the event facebook page HERE for continuous information as well.  The registration fee to participate is $30 per business before February 1...then $50 after that. All registrations must be in by Friday, February 22, 2019 by 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.(TM)