Sunday, April 29, 2012

Antique Archaeology was Closed

I think I told you we went
on a buying trip to Iowa
this past weekend.

Well, you cannot hardly drive from
Illinois to Iowa without planning to 
stop by Mike and Frank's shop,
Antique Archaeology.
(You know.... from the History Channel's hit TV series.) 

Photo courtesy of the History Channel

We planned to get there earlier on Saturday
but we ran by the Junk Jubilee
one more time and then headed to 
 a little town called Story City, 
just north of Des Moines,
and spent a few hours at
 a great antique mall there
Stop by if you are ever in the area.
Great finds and a wonderful friendly staff!

So ... we did not get to Le Claire
until almost 7 pm.
We new they would be closed.
 But we couldn't resist checking it out
and taking some photos.

Did you know they are right on
the mighty Mississippi River?
Their front window view looks
right out onto the river.
(Is it just me or did you think they
were located out on a rural country road?)

Location, location, location!

Photo courtesy of

Nice little shop.
Wish we could have met
Frank, or Danielle or Mike.

Maybe next time.


Rebecca said...

It sounds like you had quite an adventure! What interesting scenery and sights!

So many little time!

The enchanted home said...

Bummer but sounds like it was a fun road trip!

Joy Tilton said...

Fun going along on your road trip, we love American Pickers so it would have been on my list too! We'll be heading that way this summer so maybe it needs to go on the list...

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oh, darn it! I love that show!!! *sadface* Maybe next time.....

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I would love to see the place. Thanks for giving us a close up view!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Had no idea that place was so nearby. We used to live in Iowa, so I vaguely remember Story City. Sounds like a great trip!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I would have stopped there too. Love that show!

Sheila said...

Okay I really WANT that 60's VW van. So cool. What a great place.

Andrea said...

That would have been so fun to meet them! We're huge fans of their show =)

AntiqueChase said...

WOW, that would have been fun... great photos!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Funny, I was watching American Pickers just a bit ago while ironing! those guys!...I never realized how many towns in Iowa run along the Mississippi river..Found that out when visiting my dad's relatives in Iowa...Glad you had a wonderful time...

Thanks for the pictures...too bad Mike and Frank weren't there...

The French Hutch said...

A good excuse to make another road trip! Looks like fun.

The French Hutch

Karen said...

How fun to be able to hit so many great antique stores in such a reasonable drive.


How fun, wish I went with you on a trip Alison! I would have stopped there for sure! Have a great week pretty lady.

Jann Olson said...

Oh I so want to go to Iowa to meet the fab three! So sad that it was closed, but you got some great pics.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I have the biggest crush on Frank...I think he's adorable. I've been watching since the first show. Love it!

SavannahGranny said...

Wow, what a trip. I wished you could have met them. I love their shop. I think they now have a shop in Nashville. I will be there in a couple of weeks. Hmmmm.
Personally, I think that view of the Mighty Mississippi is soooo wasted there. LOL
Hugs, Ginger

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Alison, This sounds like such a fun trip. So sorry you didn't get there before they closed.
xo, Sherry

savvycityfarmer said...

you are just too funny!!!

love this

are you shopping the shed?
may 12

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

We stopped there last summer on our way to my daughter's feis in Des Moines. It was pretty cool. The guys weren't there but Danielle was. We got some pretty cool shots but then you did, too! Maybe better luck next time!


Sarah said...

Sounds like you girls had a fun time. Do we get to see what came home with you? LOL
Happy week ahead, my friend. ~ Sarah

Karena said...

Alison what an exciting adventure! Excited to see your finds!

2012 Artist Series featuring Designer and Paper Artist; Anita Rivera ( of Castles Crowns and Cottages)is in on my site! I hope you will visit...

Art by Karena

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I cannot wait to see and hear more about the trip.

Did you have to rent a uhaul to get all of your stuff home?

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

I've only caught that show a couple of times and didn't know where they were located. Sorry you didn't get to meet them, but I'm glad to know it's not too far away. I feel a road trip coming on :)