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Show-Me Antiques

Show-Me Antiques

  • "Show-Me Antiques" originally appeared in the May 2024 "Weekender" issue of COMO Magazine.
Show-Me Antiques - a collage of photos from the antique shops in the story.

Spend a day or a weekend hunting for nostalgic treasures.

Antique shopping, or “antiquing,” undoubtedly holds a special place in American culture. From beloved TV shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Storage Wars to the numerous billboards dotting Midwest highways advertising antique shops and malls, the allure is unmistakable.  

But with so many shops to visit, it’s hard to decide which are worth visiting and which are worth ditching. Fear not; we’ve curated a list of must-see antique stores around Missouri to help guide you. Whether you want to make a day trip or a weekend vacation, we’ve got you covered. 

River Market Antiques

Kansas City 

River Market Antiques 

115 W. Fifth St. | Kansas City, MO 64105 

Situated just north of the artsy West Bottoms and Downtown KC area, River Market Antiques has garnered widespread love and support from locals during its nearly thirty years of operation.  

One of its most cherished attributes is its eclecticism. With more than 175 knowledgeable dealers housed within its three-story building, River Market Antiques offers an array of items, ranging from vintage clothing and accessories to glassware, home decor, and art. This establishment feels like a treasure trove, enhanced by the historical ambiance of the building dating back to the 1910s. 

River Market Antiques is a short walk from the local eateries and Farmer’s Market at the River Market in Kansas City. 

What’s Nearby: 

  • Le Fou Frog 
  • Garozzo’s Downtown 
  • The Westside Local 
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial  
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
  • Union Station/Science City 
  • Country Club Plaza 

The Brass Armadillo

The Brass Armadillo  

1450 Golfview Drive | Grain Valley, MO 64029 

The Brass Armadillo is located along I-70, easily attracting curious interstate travelers and local antique enthusiasts.  

With a 42,000 square foot showroom, The Brass Armadillo comfortably hosts more than 500 dealers specializing in various wares, including furniture, primitives, antique watches/clocks, and sports memorabilia. It even has personal shoppers who can help you find the item you’re looking for, whether it’s a specific brand, collectible, or product. 

Visitors especially enjoy the affordability of the antiques — a vital focus of this antique store, which aims to offer high-quality items at reasonable prices. 

What’s Nearby: 

  • Bean Counter Cafe 
  • BRockEnzO Pizza [Food Truck] 
  • Pearl Tavern 
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site  
  • Powell Gardens  
  • Cave Spring Park 

Nostalgia Vintage


Nostalgia Vintage Apparel & Marketplace 

515 S. Ohio Ave. | Sedalia, MO 65301 

Voted “Best of Rural Missouri” in 2023, Nostalgia Vintage Apparel offers four floors of vintage clothing, home decor, antiques, and Mid-century treasures. Many agree the store’s ambiance and charm transport you to the past, making its name more fitting. 

Visitors often rave about the store’s superb organization. For example, men’s and women’s clothing is carefully curated and divided by decade, allowing for an easier and more enjoyable shopping experience. 

Nostalgia is worth visiting with its variety, affordability, and cute coffee shop on the third floor. 

What’s Nearby: 

  • Tacos El Arca 
  • Ozark Coffee Company and Roastery 
  • RAKS Escape Room 
  • Daum Museum of Contemporary Art  
  • Centennial Park

Freakin Antiquin


Freakin’ Antiquin’ 

2259 E. Bennett St. | Springfield, MO 65804 

Freakin’ Antiquin’ is an antiques and vintage market started by a group of antique-loving friends in 2017. With 85+ booths and 70+ dealers, this store carries a variety of primitives, furniture, and home decor. 

Since 2018, the market has stood out for its painting and crafting classes, providing a unique opportunity for deeper community connections. Additionally, Freakin’ Antiquin’ frequently hosts fun antiquing events either on its own or in collaboration with other shops, such as the Holiday Junkin’ Journey, Galentine Ladies Night Out, and Vintage Shop Hop. 

Classes and upcoming events are viewable via its website. 

What’s Nearby: 

  • Split Social Kitchen 
  • Casper’s Diner  
  • Pinches Tacos Mexican Food  
  • Fantastic Caverns 
  • Springfield Art Museum 
  • Wild Animal Safari 

Sweetpeas Vintage


Sweetpea’s Vintage & More 

5221 N. 17th St. | Ozark, MO 65721 

Located just eight minutes from downtown Ozark, Missouri, Sweetpea’s Vintage & More specializes in all home decor needs. It offers various products, including refinished antique furniture, lighting fixtures, candles, and garden/outdoor items. 

At Sweetpea’s, customers can take advantage of the design and painting services, which include assistance in revitalizing old furniture and choosing decor that complements their home.   

What’s Nearby:  

  • Lambert’s Cafe 
  • Vineyard Market 
  • Mundos Latin Kitchen and Bar 
  • Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium  
  • Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
  • Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain 

The Hill Antique Market

St. Louis 

The Hill Antique Market 

4923 Daggett Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63110 

“We’re passionate about building on old traditions while setting new standards.” 

Since opening in 2019, The Hill Antique Market has quickly expanded to accommodate 75+ vendors who strive always to keep pricing fair. The store carries a variety of items, including antique furniture, textiles, clothing, rare collectibles, retro home decor, and modern handcrafted goods.  

The Hill Antique Market also makes for a perfect weekend trip, as it offers an onsite cafe, nearby sleeping accommodations, and an event space capable of hosting weddings, birthday parties, conferences, and galas. The shop also hosts events like Tour of Italy Wine Dinners, Galentine’s Day Sip and Shop, and National Pie Day. 

What’s Nearby:  

  • Anthonino’s Taverna 
  • Oliva Cafe 
  • Adriana’s on the Hill 
  • St. Louis Zoo 
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • City Museum  

Other Hot Spots:

Jefferson City, MO 

J Street Vintage 

615 Jefferson Street | Jefferson City, MO 65101 

Lebanon, MO 

Heartland Antique Mall 

2500 Evergreen Parkway  | Lebanon, MO 65536 

Marshfield, MO 

Antique Mercantile 

1030 Spur Drive | Marshfield, MO 65706 

West Plains, MO 

The Vintage Attic Flea Market  

1749 US-63 | West Plains, MO 65775 

Willard, MO 

Out of the Attic Vintage Flea Market 

304 E. Jackson St., Ste. 3C, | Willard, MO 65781 

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