Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Antique Archeology, LeClaire, Iowa


Last summer as we were visiting the Quad Cities, we took a little side trip one day to historic LeClaire, Iowa, It's an adorable river town along the Mississippi that has a main street with quaint eateries, boutiques, wineries, rental houses, shops and more. For those who are into antiquing, it's also a great spot to hunt for some unique finds.

A big draw to the town is that it's home of Antique Archeology, the antique store that the cable show American Pickers is based on. The show, which airs on the History Channel, debuted in 2010 and follows antique and collectible pickers,  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they make their way around the country searching for treasures to bring back to their home base.

The main building houses some antiques and unique items along with American Pickers merchandise - lots of t-shirts, mugs, etc. - and an outbuilding has larger items. You can't miss the place, which has a rusty car placed out in front with the business logo on the side.

While the antique store draws in a lot of visitors, there's much more to see and do and if you're heading there to stop, I'd definitely recommend making it an overnighter. Spend the day sampling wine and spirits in the tasting rooms, shopping for unique gifts, visiting the Buffalo Bill Museum and grabbing a bite and a downtown eatery. For more info on Le Claire, visitleclarie.com.


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