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Andy Michaelis of All American Reclaim.

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Re-Use and Re-Purpose

Shop Locally and Support These Shops for Thrift, Antiques and Reclaimed Items.

Thriftiness is good for the soul. Whether you want to step more lightly on the planet, help those in need or find the bargain of a lifetime, shopping vintage clothing shops, thrift stores, antique shops or sellers of reclaimed goods is in vogue right now. There’s a collection of retailers here in Lake County that will scratch your itch for a good deal while helping reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Caledonian

In warehouse space along rail tracks, Caledonian specializes in fine English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with a range of English style reproduction furniture. For the past 70 years the Heath family has catered to discriminating buyers of fine traditional furniture, artwork and decorative accessories. Now they also create stunning pieces from reclaimed lumber. (202 James Street, Barrington;

2. All American Reclaim

Look for the big rooster along Northwest Highway in Lake Barrington for All American Reclaim, one of the largest suppliers of reclaimed wood in the Midwest. Shop an expansive selection of reclaimed lumber and salvaged products, such as antiques and home décor. (990 W. Northwest Highway, Lake Barrington;

3. Play It Again Sports

With locations across the country, each store is locally owned and operated with a focus on sports equipment. They buy, sell, and trade used and new sports equipment and fitness gear and pass along the savings to customers. Perfect for an active family with growing kids. (315 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine;

4. House of Hope Resale

A ministry of St. Anne's Catholic Community, House of Hope operates a large retail store in Lake Zurich. Offering a wide selection of clothing, furniture, collectibles, toys, books, and much more. New items arrive daily for treasure hunters. All proceeds help local families in crisis. (955 Rand Road, Lake Zurich;

5. Whippletree Farms Antiques

In a two story, 10,000 square foot building there’s furniture to fit any decor from formal walnut and mahogany pieces to American Victorian and European imports. Also includes china, jewelry, glassware, silver, small art objects, stained glass windows, lamps and oil paintings. (210 Main Street, Wauconda;

6. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 

With hundreds of new items arriving weekly, the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store offers clothing, antique dishes, furniture, artwork and more. Donations and purchases support the mission of helping the homeless and those victimized by fires, floods and disasters. (168 Peterson Road, Libertyville;

  • Caledonian's Barrie Heath.
  • Andy Michaelis of All American Reclaim.
  • Play It Again Sports.
  • House of Hope Resale.
  • Whippletree Farms Antiques.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.
  • Caledonian Built.