Where to Hunt for Unique Treasures in Des Moines

September 07, 15


Finding just the right item for your apartment is great, but the hunt for that treasure is half the fun. Some of the best places near Springs Apartments for searching out unique, rare, and uncommon items are Des Moines' flea markets and malls. Here are a few of our favorite places to find great treasures. 

2200 East Euclid Avenue

This quirky place is perfect for those who think they know what they want and for those who want to look and let the treasure find them. Collectamania offers furniture, antique jewelry, glassware, bicycles, books, tools, and a large collection of NASCAR die-cast models. The areas are well laid out and everything is neatly arranged so finding your particular one-of-a-kind is not too hard. 

New to You Treasures
1500 Southwest Army Post Road

Recently opened, this gem of a flea market and antique store offers collectibles, furniture, jewelry, video games and systems, and even collector cars. It is open 7 days a week. 

Brass Armadillo Antiques
701 NE 50th Avenue

Whether your treasure is Depression-era glass, vintage quilts, Roy Rogers memorabilia or primitive art, this expansive shop is the place for you. You’ll have a unique shopping adventure in the 36,000-square-foot showroom that is full of great finds. With more than 450 dealers, you are sure to find that one-of-a-kind gift or knick-knack, even if it may be a brass armadillo. 

The Picker Knows
221 SW 63rd Street, Suite C

If you’re redecorating your apartment, you may find just the right piece to bring the whole look together at The Picker Knows. Maybe it’s a red antique dresser, blue needlepoint chairs or a bright green table and chair set that catches your eye. With 10,000 square feet of selling space and more than 100 vendors, you could redo your whole place in one trip. 

Porch Light
526 East Grand

Vintage things can make a home feel cozy and unique all at once. If you are looking for this kind of vibe, head over to Porch Light where their motto is "Old Time is Divine." Featuring antiques in all price ranges, this place has paper, linens, kitchenware and even an entire wall of clocks. Before you leave, though, make sure to check out the jewelry selection because we all know something shiny on the arm of you or your loved one is also divine. 

Des Moines has several other flea markets that you should check out:

  • Bates International, 5701 Northwest 2nd Street
  • Carl’s Gifts & Collectibles, 3512 Merle Hay Road
  • SE 14 Street Flea Market, 5912 Southeast 14th Street
  • The Antique Flea Market, 4330 Hubbell Avenue

So, if it has been a particularly trying week and you are in desperate need of some retail therapy, grab your wallet, slip on your imagination and get out to one of Des Moines interesting flea markets or vintage malls to find just the right bit of treasure. 

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