Jan's Antiques has been a Chicago haven for salvaged furniture and artifacts for the last 28 years. In its most recent 11-year home on Racine Ave., it joins the galleries, showrooms, and workspaces of the Fulton Market area, making for an ideal antiquing spot.
As for what you'll find in the 18,000 square foot showroom: salvaged architectural artifacts, furniture (bought and sold as is), old hardware and light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, vintage stained glass windows, lamps, chandeliers, fireplace mantles, wood trim moulds,ornamental iron, doors, newel posts and other stair parts.
The selection of antiques includes pie chests, desks, hall trees, safes, picture frames, mirrors, clocks, collectibles, paintings, architectural stone and statuary and most anything else you would find in a home built in the 1800s to the 1950s.
We had been on the lookout for new house numbers for a long time, and had a few potential winners in mind thanks to AT: SF's top ten list.
On our way out the door, we spotted a full basket of varying sizes and styles of house numbers and letters. Since we couldn't find a "1" and a "D" that matched, we went for a small, brass 1 and paired it with a much chunkier aluminum D, the kind of solution that antique shops seem to inspire. We spent $8.
Jan herself helpfully works the room and the register, so any and all of your questions can be addressed on the spot.