February 18, 2011

Second Street Antiques

I didn't really get to explore much when I lived in Bloomington, Indiana.  I was either studying, volunteering, or working in the metal studio.  Since graduating and moving away, I've been able to go back and check different things out. 

Second Street Antiques was a place that I always drove by and said that I'd go in "soon".  That didn't happen.  Kara and I finally stopped in last October.  It was filled with so many crazy things.  The one thing I didn't find?  Cameras!  I was stunned.


This shop had some of the most unique items.  Most antique stores are filled with sports collectibles, electronics, housewares, and other strange knick-knacks.  Second Street had a lot of local artifacts, which is what I was looking for.  I've been trying to learn more about Indiana, because I seriously know nothing about my state.  I've spent most of my life here, but I know more about Illinois (because of my mother) than Indiana.

I ended up purchasing this book:

Reunion on the Wabash is a fictional story set in Indiana.  The author, Sterling North, is not from the area.  That seems to negate the point of learning about Indiana, but the author spent five years researching material for the book.  What I found interesting about the author is that he is from Wisconsin and attended school in Chicago.  These are two places that mean a lot to me, so I felt a special connection to this book.  I haven't been able to read it yet, but I'm hoping I'll get to it in the near future.

Second Street Antiques
222 West 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47403-1512
(812) 332-3222