If you love treasure hunting at antique shops, you’ll appreciate the cool items we found being offered at some of our antique and salvage shops. And don’t worry if they’re gone when you visit. You’re sure to find something equally awesome.
1. The Edison Standard phonograph at Thanks for the Thyme
This early 1900s phonograph can be purchased along with 75 wax cylinders.
396 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, 46131
2. The salvaged cigar crates at Vintage Whimsy
The cigar crates, salvaged from the National Cigar Factory in Frankfort, IN, would make unique shelving for a man cave.
112 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, 46131
3. The special old tool box with a mirror at Pump House Antiques
The tool box looks like a steamer trunk when it is closed. It has World War II photos, stickers, and a postcard around the mirror. The mirror was apparently used by the tool box owner to make sure he wasn’t walking around with oil or grease on his face.
158 N. Main St. Bargersville, 46106
4. A World War II era salvage piece at Trinkets ‘N Threads
The story behind this piece is that it came from a desk from the World War II era. While the owner's grandfather was serving in the war, the grandmother was trying to repair the desk (which was purchased with war stamps) with a hammer and broke a piece off the desk, leaving it virtually unusable as a desk piece. The grandchildren then came upon the piece of wood and salvaged it, choosing the front porch message since a front porch is where memories are made.
229 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, 46131
5. The wedding cake chandelier at Madison Street Salvage
This store is full of interesting finds from historic homes, and this chandelier is a shining example.
350 E. Madison St., Franklin, 46131
6. The farmhouse table and chairs at Salvage Sisters Antique Market
This piece would be at home in a lot of kitchens and dining rooms.
398 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, 46131
7. The dresser with the small drawers at The Shoppe Recreated Treasures
The two small drawers in the upper middle portion of this dresser help to make this an interesting item.
291 E. Two Cent Road, Bargersville, 46184
8. The 1830s-era cart at Blackbird Nest
This item is as useful as it is unique.
498 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, 46131
For more antique hunting, visit the Johnson County Antique Market, a popular show held one day each month at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 350 Fairgrounds St., Franklin, 46131, 317-412-3381