In a nutshell? Authentic American antiques. Better yet, early antiques offered by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of dealers eager to share their love of early country with you. They all work tirelessly to create inviting displays showcasing their offerings. Many of them hold back their best items for our shows because they know our shoppers are looking for more than just the ordinary selection.
The preview hours at each of our locations can be frenetic, as shoppers from near and far line up to be the first ones to see our dealers' offerings. The excitement carries over to Saturday, after our dealers have restocked and rearranged to maintain the attractive look of their room-like booth settings.
Tickets can be purchased for all of the previews plus Saturday or Saturday only. There are several other shows in the area and plenty of shopping, too, so many people make it a weekend getaway.
For more of an idea of what it is like to shop our show, take a look at our "Photos" page or, better yet, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what others think of our tremendous dealer group.
We cordially invite you to join us in Arcola and look forward to seeing you at our next show!
Our show originated at the Arcola Center but after a couple of years, we added a second location in what was then a brand new facility - the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center at Green Mill Village, a new development at the edge of Arcola, located right at Exit 203 off of Interstate 57. The show doubled in size and the excitement generated by the expansion has made Country Spirit one of the most talked-about shows among lovers of early country antiques. Now, to give our dealers and customers more elbow room, we have added a third location, just a couple of blocks from the Arcola Center. The new location, at the Masonic Lodge, will share its hours with the other downtown location for the convenience of our customers.
Each year, on the first weekend in March and the second weekend in November, hand-selected quality dealers from across the country gather in Arcola, Illinois - "the Gateway to Amish Country" - for a weekend that has earned the reputation of one of THE best places in the country to shop for authentic early antiques at reasonable prices.