Some local businesses specialize in antiques

By Juliana Leprich

Those looking to add something different to their home or try out a new type of shopping have the opportunity through local businesses and vendors.

Antique shops, like Sycamore Antiques, 320 W. State St., in Sycamore, carry a variety of antique items, primarily antique art.

“We have furniture, glassware, collectables, jewelry, books and some original oils and artwork in our shop,” said Ann Tucker, co-owner of Sycamore Antiques. “We have everything here from dollar books and postcards to $1,200 art.”

Lavish Thrift, 153 East Lincoln Highway, and Cracker Jax, 118 N 3rd St. also sell antique items.

While there are local businesses that deal with antique or thrift items, antique shoppers can also attend large events with a number of vendors.

Joanne Bordman of DeKalb, sells her antiques annually in many local and national antique sales.

Bordman said she sells her antiques biannually at the Fox Valley Antique show in St. Charles, hosted by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealer Association.

“We specialize in 18th century, mostly New England, furniture, lighting, paintings and other items as well,” Bordman said.

These shows in St. Charles occur in October and March. Bordman said over 50 antique vendors throughout the country regularly attend.

While some people may not be interested in antique goods, one NIU student said she enjoys searching for antiques.

“My mom and I like to put antique ornaments around the house,” said Bianca Murphy, junior elementary education major. “Antiques make my house look really nice.”