Antique Store Returns to Dekalb Illinois

No Strings Attached, an antique store, is back in business in DeKalb, Illinois.

The owners, William Slade and John Rapp, have already opened their doors at 248 East Lincoln Highway.

You might remember their old store that closed in 2000. It was located near the Union Pacific tracks on South Seventh Street, just across from the BP station.

The new store is right on the Historic Lincoln Highway, between Second and Third Streets, on the south side of the street.

A stroll through the store reveals fine antique furniture, knickknacks, old vinyl records, tapes, books, beer memorabilia, marbles, fishing items, old action figures, wall art, jewelry, figurines, china, silverware, photographs, post cards, lamps; an old, portable hand cranked record player, vintage magazines, some Elvis memorabilia, old tools, and much more. Right now there are quite a few baseball cards, and other collectible cards. It is fun to see some of the items that we played with as kids being sold, like the small, plastic figures of American Presidents that I saw under the glass of the display case, next to the old eye glasses.

Slade says that business so far is good, picking up as time goes by and people discover, or rediscover, the store.

The owners continue to scour local auctions and estate sales for interesting stock, and they have other sources that they have developed over the years. Anyone who has old items that they might like to sell can bring them to the store. They might walk away with some cash. The owners are always looking for interesting items to resell.

Other news about downtown includes a new paint job, sprucing up the facade of the old Fargo Theater building at the corner of Seventh and Lincoln Highway. Howard Eychaner sold the building a few years ago and the new owners have been slowly improving it. The theater area itself is now rented by Blue Van storage, and the foyer area is occupied by Debbie’s Dance Dimensions. Some months ago the old theater marque was taken down. That makes two downtown buildings that used to be theaters, the other being the DeKalb Theater building on Third Street.

Just across the street from No Strings Attached another store front is undergoing heavy renovation. One can see that new stairs leading up to the apartments have been built and a completely new facade is going up.

The hours for No Strings Attached are 10-6, Tuesday through Saturday, and the business phone is (815) 762-7375.