It’s the gentle rattle of china as someone finds the perfect set of cups and saucers. It’s the smile on someone’s face when they spot that piece of vintage furniture for their home. It’s the moment that inspiration hits and a hidden gem can find new life in a restoration expert’s hands.
All of these moments happen every day in Ottumwa, a no-longer-secret antique lovers paradise in southeast Iowa. That excitement of finding something special here grows when visitors searching for all things antique unpack their newly found treasures into their homes.
A day trip to explore the antique shops of Ottumwa is the perfect way to spend your time. Many of the city’s districts, including the renovated Main Street corridor, feature stores filled with those “something special” pieces just waiting to be discovered by avid antiquers.
If you’re looking for sparkle and shine, take a look through Bob’s Vintage Jewelry. The booths at Finders Keepers have constantly changing displays, featuring something new every time you visit. And Antiques and Uniques on Ottumwa’s Main Street carry a large selection of one-of-a-kind treasures for you to browse through. Here's a complete list of antique shops and the variety of other shopping areas in Ottumwa.
Need a pick-me-up to get through your day of antiquing? In addition to serving amazing coffee and other menu items, Ottumwa’s coffeehouses each serve a greater purpose. When you place your order, you’re also helping support various charitable organizations in our community.
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