Wondering and Wandering – Vol. 2


Hello, everyone and welcome back to Wondering and Wandering!  Let’s talk treasures.  Williamson County is home to 13 charming antique, vintage, and collectible shops.  Over a dozen shops are filled with treasures waiting to be discovered.  I know what you’re thinking and you’re right, it IS amazing!


So, what should you know before you start hunting?


Firstly, antique is a term that refers to items that are over 100 years old.  Antique items are admired for their esthetic appeal as well as their historic significance.


Secondly, vintage refers to items that are from previous decades.  Typically, 20 years is the age at which an item can be classified as vintage.  In other words, items dated before 1999 are considered vintage items.


Thirdly, collectibles are anything someone can collect.  These can be actual collectors’ edition items or simply personal pieces one enjoys.  Pieces are considered to be vintage collectibles if they are more than 50 years old.


Fourthly, the term estate refers to used items.  However, these items are not always old in age. 

Okay, so what types of things should you expect to find?


Our local shops are brimming with furniture, décor, accessories, trinkets, cookware, and the list goes on.  Find pieces that are rich with Illinois history as well as pieces that reflect your own unique interests.  From rustic to midcentury modern, there’s something to represent every style.  In addition, these shops are a fantastic place to find unique gifts for any occasion.  Using the terminology can be beneficial for ensuring you find exactly what you’re on the hunt for.


The Williamson County Treasure Trail is an excellent year-round, rain or shine shopping experience.  In conclusion, go alone, go with your mama, go with your friends, but just go!




Wondering and Wandering







Read More About Williamson County Here:

Dive Into Lake Destinations – July 24th, 2019

Spring Happenings – March 28th, 2019

2019 Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show – January 25th, 2019

Shop Local – December 19th, 2018

Go Wild! – November 28th, 2018

Fall is Upon Us! – September 14th, 2018

What is a Sister City? – August 24th, 2018

FYI: HerrinFesta Italiana – May 9th, 2018

Crown Brew Coffee Company – March 14th, 2018

2018 Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show – February 2nd, 2018