If you’re a shopaholic, Rockford, Illinois is the right place for you! The second-largest city in the state of Illinois is great for all kinds of shopping. It has more than 30 antique shops, two major antique malls, weekly flea markets, and all kinds of stores. You won’t waste a second of your time when you’re walking around downtown, especially if you are looking for unique shops.
This is the kind of town where experienced antique dealers go to find their next great piece. A place where thrift shop enthusiasts can really dig into the local scene and find high fashion pieces for merely a fraction of the actual price.
Do you love shopping? What about exploring shops? If the answer is yes, then continue reading because we’re showcasing the best places to shop in Rockford, Illinois!
A local boutique called Urban Farmgirl is housed in a former corner grocery store. As much as the items and people you will discover within, this lovely building represents its owners and community. Initially, only on the first floor of the property, the owners quickly added the second, grew Main Street Market out of a concept conceived on a road trip, and are now opening a furniture showroom and starting an internet store!
This shop is a little bit on the exclusive side – not when it comes to the prices, but when it comes to working hours. The place is open only two weekends a month, so you better check their schedule, and if you want to go there, plan ahead. It will be worth it.
Salvaged by Sonya
It’s vintage, repurposed, and retro! That’s what Salvaged by Sonya is all about. This Rockford, IL upscale resale vintage store is ideal for those who love thrift shop exploring and insist on finding at least one special item during their tour. When you come to Salvaged by Sonya, you are sure to find a charming item that you will simply have to buy.
This antique boutique with a storefront in downtown Rockford has developed out of what started as a passion project in 2011. And if you have a vintage item you are interested in selling, this is where you can go to have it professionally appraised.
The Rockford Art Deli
The Rockford Art Deli (R.A.D.) is a creative collaborative that offers a smorgasbord of delicious art and web design, urban graphic design, and screen printing — everything from t-shirts to posters — to aid company owners with their marketing and screen printing needs. R.A.D. organizes screen printing classes, art gallery openings, and other public events amidst the retro deli decor. T-shirts, products from the trademark artist series, and gifts are all sold in the shop.
Culture Shock Clothing and Records
With the idea of gathering all-things-unique inspired by music, the arts, and culture, Culture Shock was founded in the Midwest in 2006 in Rockford. It has developed over time into the regional hub for locally produced/independently manufactured goods and apparel, quirky gifts, and accessories, tacky home goods, and best of all, VINYL RECORDS. Culture Shock is a hybrid record shop and boutique. It is committed to serving the local community because the people of Rockford, IL have made it what it is today.
We’ve Only Just Begun…
Continue your shopping tour by visiting another great vinyl store, Toad Hall. Then, check out the sales at Edgebrook. Finally, head on over to the Rockton district for a walking tour of what seems to be countless antique stores. You’ll definitely find something special in Rockford, IL!
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