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Treasures & Adventures on Highway 52

Summer is an amazing time for a road trip – big or small – in our region, and what better than a day of digging through antique, vintage, and rustic “junk” shops!? The Highway 52 Corridor from Decorah to Chatfield offers some amazing opportunities to check out unique shops and find some treasure – so grab your peeps and hit the road – and make sure to tell them Inspire(d) sent you!


treasure at Market 52
Market 52

Market 52 •
3220 Highway 52, rural Decorah, IA. 

If you enjoy finding a treasure trove of modern and vintage, Trisha and Mark at Market 52 are going to amaze you! The husband-and-wife team with a love for auctions, primitives, and unique items have created a fun on-farm stop for vintage (and vintage inspired) decor lovers of all kinds. From the latest trends in home decor to a little rust around the edges, Market 52 offers up both a finished shop space in their rustic-rural store, as well as the vintage barn for picking. Stop by every Friday (10-5), Saturday (10-4) or Sunday (11-4) to check out the seasonal decor, antiques, vintage, new home decor, furniture, and DIY projects.  


What’s New Antiques •
2291 350th St, rural Burr Oak, IA. 

Craig Newhouse has been filling up his “barn” with interesting auction and estate finds for many years – and the best part is that it’s an ever-changing scene of unique pieces and furnishings, many with a local twist. The location is rural – on gravel road “350th Street” not far from the Farmers Winn Coop “Country Express” store in North Winneshiek County. 


Roadside Market Baked Goods and Baskets 
12668 Highway 52, Canton, MN. 

As Highway 52 meanders north into Minnesota, you’ll find an Old Order working Amish farm on the east side of the highway that offers a fantastic array of baked goods and handmade items. Everything from baskets to woodwork to many simple, sturdy, and functional items. The bakery is like walking back in time, with wood-fired deck ovens, pies galore, and an always-rotating display of bars, cookies, and breads. As this is an actual working Amish farm, there is no phone, website, or contact details – but it is generally open most days from 10-6 excluding Sundays. 


fun finds at New Generations of Harmony
New Generations of Harmony

New Generations Antiques •
50 Industrial Blvd NE, Harmony, MN

On the north side of Harmony, Minnesota, is New Generation Antiques – an always-fun and unique stop on the Inspire(d) distribution route, as you never know what you’ll find! It isn’t uncommon to find a horse (or team) hitched to the post out front, and some solid collectible items inside. Whether you’re looking for items from kitsch to collectible, the kind staff always welcome browsers, or are happy to point you in the direction of a specific booth. This summer, they’re turning up the Vintage Fun with a series of outdoor Vintage Markets! Shop vintage, antiques, and collectibles with vendors from across the region. There will even be an Amish Mini Farmers Market offering pantry items, vegetables, and baked goods. The Vintage Markets are scheduled for June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7. Keep an eye out for fun updates and posts about recent treasures to be found at New Generations @newgenerationsofharmony


Pretty wares at Adorn in Chatfield

Adourn •
218 Main St, Chatfield, MN. 

In the middle of historic downtown Chatfield is Adourn, the adorable brick-and-mortar dream shop of Melissa Klema. With a wide variety of rehabbed vintage and antique furniture and accessories, handmade items, jewelry, and gift items, this shop is a crowd pleaser every time. The shop even offers custom painting and building for clients, interior design consultation, wedding design, and workshops. The salvaged and repurposed vintage furniture finds are a constantly changing delight, with unique colors, hardware, and finishing touches. Check out the shop Thursday-Saturdays in downtown Chatfield or online @shopadourn