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Resale on the river


These days we are all are stressing about GREEN – our money and our planet. Why worry when you can spend the day saving both? Shopping in resale shops is a great way to find unique items while cutting back on expenses and reducing the amount of junk that ends up in our landfills.

Make a day of making the right choice by visiting the myriad of antique shops and resale boutiques that reside along the Fox River. Just 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee, the trail of treasures begins in downtown Waterford, home to four resale shops and an antique mall.

Freddy Bear’s Antique Mall should be your first stop. Check out vintage items of all varieties after you make a pit stop at Java Jo’z for a quick coffee drink and bagel to start your shopping day right. Antiques are an awesome peek into the past, but most of us are also concerned with the future - like what are our wardrobes look like for the next season. Look to the resale boutiques for fashion. Wear Its @t Consignment Boutique

Make your first stop Wear It’s @, a trendier, more stylish consignment shop. One stop in this place will dissolve any reservations you might have about recycled clothing as you will feel more like you are in a specialty boutique than a resale shop. A short walk across the Fox River will take you to the next stop on the trail, Love, Inc., a thrift shop whose profits provide for local families in need. Because it is a thrift store you can expect to find a more random selection to shop from which can be a lot of fun scavenging through. The best part is that any purchase you make at Love, Inc. helps not only your finances, but families going through a rough time. A few storefronts away are also My Closet Castaways, featuring anything from clothes to furniture, and Kids Corner Closet, catering to children's clothing and accessories.

All that shopping is sure to work up some hunger. While in the area, it would a mistake to miss your "chance" to eat at Chances in the heart of downtown Rochester. Just 5 minutes from Waterford, the restaurant resides in a historic hotel building built  in 1843 and claims to have ghosts of some of its past guests. Known for their BBQ ribs, Chances offers an American menu featuring burgers, steaks and fish fry. There are also a few resale shops within 2 blocks of the restaurant if you are still hungry for more deals.


  • Marilyn 5 years ago

    This is great. Do you know of any "fair trade" shops in the area?

  • Donna 5 years ago

    We have one in town! Rach brings in her clothes in garbage bags and they call her when they've gone through them. I don't even have to put them on hangers. Vintage clothes shops are so much fun too.