Omaha is known for many things, from our unbeatable steaks and our agricultural roots to being the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich. However, one of our lesser-known attributes is being an “Antiquing Destination”.
People from all around the nation come to our region just for our amazing selection of antique and vintage shops. That’s why we rounded up a few of our favorites in the area. On this list, you’ll find everything from small shops to massive antique malls — all of which offer a trove of hidden treasures for you to explore. Happy shopping!
10666 Sapp Brothers Drive
Photo courtesy of Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
With more than 375 dealers, the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall offers the largest selection of antiques in Nebraska. They’ve got it all from a massive selection of hard-to-find books to vintage furniture and knick-knacks. At this 30,000 square-foot mall, you’ll be able to get lost for hours, and if you get hungry just stop by the Poppin Pickles cafe where you can grab lunch or a snack!
4679 Leavenworth Street
Located in Midtown, Jim’s Seek and Save opened in 2004 and has been selling quality vintage and antique items at great prices ever since. Jim’s large inventory assures that no matter what item you’re looking for, you’ll have a good chance finding it at this quaint shop. To get a small sample of the treasures this shop holds, check out their eBay inventory and start shopping!
5002 Leavenworth Street
Settled in the artsy community of Dundee, this adorable shop is full of trendy, functional decor pieces. From vintage TVs and furniture to pinball machines and floral rugs — here you’ll find something to fit any taste, passion or style.
801 South 16th Street | 423 South Street
Photo courtesy of The Imaginarium
With two locations, one in historic Old Market and a superstore on the corner of 16th and Leavenworth, the Imaginarium is an Omaha destination for unique antiques. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable, ready to lend a helping. They also offer online auctions on eBay, so even if you aren’t in the area you don’t have to miss out on these great finds.
1125 Jackson Street
Buying and selling antique and vintage items from the “last three centuries,” the Antique Annex is located in the historic Old Market neighborhood, surrounded by several other vintage stores and markets. They offer a fantastic selection of relics including a vast record collection, vintage lunch boxes, globes, furniture and anything else you can imagine.
13017 238th Street, Greenwood
This massive antique mall and tourist information center is one of the best places for shopping around. They not only offer fantastic antiques and vintage goods, but also 150 paved spaces, RV access, free Wi-Fi and cafe and pub. While the mall itself has a country setting, it’s a gateway to the metropolitan areas of Omaha and Lincoln, located midway between the two on I-80.
21080 Pioneer Trail, Council Bluffs
For over 30 years Jayna and her husband John operated an equestrian center. Today, they’ve taken a step back from horse operations to concentrate on other adventures. At their store in the Council Bluffs area, you’ll see the fruits of their woodworking, jewelry making, dried flower creating and antique restoration labor.
19851 Virginia Hills Road
This furniture and home decor consignment shop sells everything from vintage sports clothing items to outdoor furniture in their eclectic storefront. Plus, their selection of vintage holiday decor during the winter is unmatched!
729 South Main Street
Jan-Tiques has been a Council Bluffs institution for more than 20 years. Uniquely located in the downtown Haymarket Area, they specialize in quality oak furniture that has been completely restored. You can also find other antiques here including furniture, cupboards, crocks and so much more.
2425 O Street
Conveniently located in Downtown Lincoln, the Vintage Village Antique Mall offers a large variety of items to choose from. With over 50 vendors and regularly changing inventory, you won’t have a hard time finding that crucial item you’ve been searching for. Plus, their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, always ready to help you with any and all of your antiquing needs.
201 North 7th Street #102
Named after the Burlington Arcade in Lincoln and settled in the Haymarket district, the Burlington Antique Mall has been serving Lincoln since 1986. Today, the mall is thriving along with its owners Jeff and Diane Cunningham (and, of course, their dog Max). They offer goods from over 20 antique dealers and sell everything from glassware and pottery to vintage jewelry.
1601 South 17th Street
This classic antique shop has been a Lincoln institution for over 30 years. Here, you can peruse quality items from local dealers in a light and open “old style” shop setting. Check out the slideshow on their website for an idea of the types of items they carry.
5800 Arbor Road
This Lincoln destination is a favorite among antique lovers around the country. Their exceptional and ever-changing inventory includes vintage, industrial, retro and architectural antiques and collectibles. For those looking for a spark of nostalgia — Aardvark is the perfect place to wander.
3235 South 13th Street
From an early age, Cool and Collected owner Todd Hollenbeck has had a fondness for “old stuff”. He opened this unique store in the fall of 2011 and has been providing eclectic and fun antiques to the Lincoln area ever since. Shop glassware, furniture, primitives and more in a trendy and unbeatable atmosphere.
1001 L Street
If you’re looking to craft a home full of history, Conner’s Architectural Antiques has everything you need. Need an antique keyhole cover or a vintage sink for your mid-century themed bathroom? You’ll find it here, along with many other vintage building supplies you can’t find anywhere else.
1366 South 33rd Street
Proudly located in Lincoln, Modern Vintage offers a wide range of inventory from vintage decor and furniture to handcrafted items from local artisans. So, step inside the bright teal door of this quirky store and pick up a treasure for your home.
1615 South 17th Street
Middleton Antiques and Uniques is located in a charming building full of character on 17th Street. Their goal is to give every piece a second life, showing each item the care they deserve and restoring them if needed. Here, you’ll find antique furniture, works of art, vintage decor and jewelry all surrounded by their own exclusive line of teas, lotions and even a fine washable stain cleaning recipe.
What about you?
Where is your favorite place to find hidden treasures in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas? Let us know in the comments!