After visiting St. Louis, we made our way to Carbondale, Illinois where Kyle went to college. In Carbondale, we were mostly visiting friends who we have there from when Kyle went to SIU and some friends new to Carbondale who we know through debate. Since it was vacation, we stopped at an antique mall along the way in Nashville, Illinois.

Most of my luck at Perry County Antique Mall was with tea pots, but there were some other interesting finds there too.

This table was really cool. I like the decal a lot and I love how it was staged with the Fiestaware in the store. It was in very good condition, too.

This chair and settee were probably the best deal. I didn’t make a list of prices (Silly me, thinking I’d have time to write all the posts while I was getting back in the groove of work and still remembered), but I think this was in the $300-400 range and 20% off. The wood was in really good shape. I’m not sure if the upholstery was original but I’ve seen other Eastlake settees with similar upholstery so it may have been. It was definitely in good shape, too, so overall I think this was a great deal!

This card catalog was really cool. It was about the perfect height to be turned into a kitchen island.

This beautiful furnace was so cool. Its price tag definitely matched the quality but for someone looking to make the investment, I think it would have been really worth it.

Overall, Kyle and I thought the prices at the antique mall were kind of all over the places. A lot of booths had really fair prices (like the table) and others were strangely high or strangely low. There was a lot of variety and it was big enough to be totally worth pulling over on the drive.

I know that antiquing is something people do on their road trips, but this was the first time that Kyle and I really did. I think we’ll probably do it more often on road trips because it was a nice way to break up the trip and it makes even the drive feel like a good part of the vacation. Have you had good luck with roadside antique malls on your road trips?

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