Route 66… Pink Elephant Antique Mall
With all the fun and folklore you can find along Route 66, lies an Antique Mall that is ripe for the picking of a collector’s heart. Known for my love of yard sales and a good deal, this was my right up my ally. Although I find yard sales to always be cheaper, antique malls hold so much more history and mystery, that it’s always worth the walk through.
Found in Livingston, Illinois, at 908 Veterans Memorial Drive (yes still off Route 66), on this day of Sunday, August 23rd, 2020, you can’t miss this place if you tried! A large pink elephant sits in front of a truck trailer, along with a spaceship, an animal group, a large tricycle, large statues of people, a T-Rex, and more elephants popping out ot the Malls walls. Yes, you read that right. I can’t even begin to tell you what a playground this is for the eyes, and honestly it’s a blogger’s dream come true. So much to see, so much to share.
Attached to the Antique Mall is a Candy Shop, Diner and also an Ice Cream Parlor. Boasting outside that it holds the largest cat clock, which they had TWO of, it’s a plethora of a dream and nightmare rolled into one. You know the movies where you saw Grandpa sitting by the front door becuase he’s got nothing better to do? Yes, well that’s this place. Two of them sitting there, as I placed my mask on upon entering I was whistled at by the men who probably glued their teeth in that day. Sorry boys, I am here for the goods, and not yours. Masks are required here, and honestly if you don’t know, just wear one regardless, it just covers your bases.
I walked the many aisles of items, they laid it out really nicely. What happens to me at Antique Malls though is that the same stuff is shown over and over again in different booths with sadly the same pricing. I still can’t get over seeing my Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox that I used in the 80s being sold for $30. Not ready to accept my age yet LOL. It took me about 90 minutes to get through it all, the second floor, and the stage area (must’ve been an old gymnasium or rec building).
Finding nothing that I wanted to bring home, antique wise, I headed to the Candy shop to look for licorice wheels (the obsession thanks to the ones at Disney) and grabbed some chocolate turtles for the car ride to the next Route 66 spot. OH- I also bought a Route 66 magnet for my travels and a sign for my office-they have some great Route 66 souvenirs here! I think this is a great spot to stretch your legs, get cat called by old men, maybe find a hidden treasure, and leave with a belly full of chocolate or ice cream. And if none of that interests you, stop by and get some great selfies! Where else you going to find a large pink elephant next to a spaceship? That’s right, I didn’t think so! Enjoy and make sure to check out the rest of my Route 66 Travels and the rest of my adventures.