First trip to an antique mall

It’s a relatively quiet day here in the Antique Trader office. We’re finishing up some tasks before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

My own plans for the weekend include another visit to the auto dealership where I get my car repaired. If you recall, my last visit to the repair shop cost me well over $700, which put the kibosh on me picking up that beautiful oak bookcase secretary that I spotted at the Fox River Antique Mall, which is right next door, where I usually pass my time when I’m having car maintenance done.

Well, Friday I have to visit the repair shop again. I’m hoping it won’t be anything too serious … time will tell. I’m going to take my daughter (who is 6) to the antique mall for the first time. I think she’s going to absolutely love it; maybe not as much as the flea market, but I think she will like exploring. And I’m going to keep my eye out for that secretary and the pair of end tables I saw last time. I took digital pictures last time, so I’m going to print out the pictures of what I’m looking for and give her the prints to hold and help me on the treasure hunt.

I’m hoping it won’t be too terribly busy being “Black Friday” and all;
it could go either way. If it is busy, I’ll be happy for the mall and
the dealers. If it’s not busy, I’ll be happy for my daughter and me.
Either way, I’m going to be happy because I’ll be in an antique mall
with my kid. Here too is a good chance for me to teach her that our possessions are not disposable. That if we take care of them they may be around for hundreds of years.

The Fox River Antique Mall is about 20,000 square feet of antique and collectibles fun.

If you’re ever in central Wisconsin, I encourage you to drop by and have a look.

I’ll fill you in on the child’s reaction after we get back.

— Karen                       

Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at