Hidden Gem: Landmark 1850

Published Jan. 11, 2019

Landmark 1850, 5905 S. Howell Ave., was built more than 165 years ago to serve as a stage coach stop between Milwaukee and Racine. Today, it's fully renovated and right next to the airport.


Unique Boutique: Dandy

Published Dec. 6, 2018

Dandy describes itself as Midventurous Modern, which is a good way of saying, really cool stuff your mom and grandma tossed but you wish they'd have kept for you. There's furniture, clothing, home decor and much more in an alluring setting, all curated by the owners, Ryan and Jess Day.


Couple transforms former Vliet Street garage into Dandy vintage shop

Published Nov. 5, 2018

Wandering around the midcentury gems that populate Ryan and Jess Day's Dandy vintage shop on the West Side, Ryan noted that sometimes an object that isn't especially beautiful on its own can become beautiful in the right setting. That struck me as an astute observation that might also be applied to Dandy's home at 5020 W. Vliet St.


You could be on "American Pickers"

Published Sept. 13, 2017

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming to Wisconsin in October searching for gems for "American Pickers." If you have a lead for them, you could end up on the show!


Rusty Sprocket shop owners opening Sprocket Cafe

Published July 15, 2016

In 2013, brother and sister Dave and Juliet Popovic opened Rusty Sprocket Antiques, a corner antique shop located at 3391 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View. By the end of the summer, they will open the Sprocket Cafe in the space next door.


Local metal detectors dig up treasure, junk

Published June 9, 2013

We know the weather is getting warmer when suddenly there are more runners along the lakefront, umbrellas in backyards, beer-filled festivals and metal detectors waving across the ground. Who are these people searching for buried treasure and is it really worth their time?


I.M. Salvage finds treasure in destruction

Published Aug. 22, 2012

I. M. Salvage has, or had, almost everything imaginable from structures built a few months to 140 years ago. For example, street lights, exotic chandeliers and ordinary kitchen lights fill just a few of the different spaces in I. M. Salvage's 30,000-square foot building.


Thrifty Ewe pleases herds of local resale shoppers with low prices

Published July 28, 2012

Thrify Ewe, a resale shop owned by Doug Berna that recently relocated to 907 S. 1st St., falls on the bargain side of the resale coin. Kids' clothing is $1, adult clothing ranges from $2 to $3, shoes are $1-$2.50 and suits and coats are $6. You can even score a tuxedo for $10.


How to be a picker

Published July 26, 2012

Jeanine Burkhardt can comb a flea market like nobody's business. "There are bargains to be had out there," she said. "You have to have an eye and you have to be quick." Here is her expert advice on how to find the best deals.


They Grow Like Weeds blooms in Greendale

Published Feb. 26, 2012

They Grow Like Weeds, 5676 Broad St. in Greendale, is a new boutique-style shop featuring gently used clothes and accessories for infants, school-aged kids and teens. Many of the customers both buy items and sell items to the shop.


Rusty's Old 50 opening on Old World 3rd

Published Oct. 14, 2011

Rusty's Old 50, a bar and restaurant, is coming to the space formerly occupied by The Velvet Room and Martini Mike's, 730 N. Old World 3rd St.


Hixton is a second-hand shopping jackpot

Published Oct. 27, 2008

This past weekend, while driving to a cabin in Spooner, we discovered a second-hand shopping Mecca: Hixton. Less than 15 miles northwest of Black River Falls, Hixton is a small town of about 500 with some of the most interesting antiquing options I've seen in Wisconsin.


A "Roadshow" reactionary tale

Published July 29, 2006

A behind-the-scenes look at "The Antiques Roadshow" from Heather's perspective including interviews with appraisers and antiques owners.