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by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · November 22nd, 2017


Outside-the-box gifts can be found in quaint shops. These unique items are for both the young and old, and for everyone in between. We recently found a delightful treasure-trove of quirky, rustic antiques, decadent, lavish care products, and unique, chic boutique gift ideas for all ages and budgets lining shelves and racks in five quaint shops near Marion business district's Uptown Artway. Among the hundreds of unique contenders, we found beautifully dressed Barbies, antique horses, hot wheels, a variety of toy tractors, bath bombs, essential oils, antique furniture, and designer purses.



Treasure Chest Collectibles

1026 7th Avenue, Marion

An antique "window-in-the past" shop filled with collectibles of all kinds can be found at Treasure Chest Collectibles near the corner of 7th Avenue and 10th Street. Business owners Bryan and Ruthie Dolezal (along with their sons) said they first opened their Marion antique store in June 2014. "We live in Marion and love it here," Bryan said.

Treasure Chest Collectibles offers new and pre-owned antiques with years of memories, they said. Among the merchandise, are John Deere toy tractors, collectible Barbies, and an array of hot wheels.

Treasure Chest Collectibles' business hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and it is closed on Sunday.



ReAlive Metaphysical & Repurposing

1060 7th Avenue, Marion

Colorful rocks of various shapes and sizes can be found at ReAlive Metaphysical & Repurposing located at 1060 7th Avenue in Marion. Owner Korrina Dawson said her store opened on May 17 in 2013, where currently five employees work. "We are an eclectic store with many unique items. Stones, jewelry, gift items, essential oils, salt lamps, incense, sage, and antique furniture," she said. They also offer small business Saturday specials, different events every Saturday, and several classes.

ReAlive's business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.



The Desert Frog

1090 7th Avenue #100, Marion

Housed in a corner business location across from City Square Mall in Marion is The Desert Frog. Owner Chris Slominski said she chose to open her shop in Marion during 2016 because she likes the town.

Slominski is the sole proprieter of her retreat-like atmosphere business, filled to the brim with lotions, bath bombs, bath salts, lip balms, soaps, gift sets, handmade jewelry and more on display. "Our bath and body products are handmade right in our store," Slominski said.

The Desert Frog's business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday and Monday.



the Daisy

1105 8th Avenue, Marion

What once was a hair salon across from Uptown Snug, is now an upscale chic boutique in Marion, called the DAISY. Owner Heidi Ipsan said she chose to recently open a second the

DAISY shop because her NewBo store was over-flowing with merchandise.

Ipsan has filled her Marion shop with new and consignment items such as top-of-the-line sweaters and handbags like Frye. Hundreds of clothing items, jewelry, shoes, boots, hats, home decor, and more are available for purchase. Ipsan said one of her best sellers is Thyes Frasier Fir Fragrance.

The DAISY's business hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed on Sunday and Monday.



Antiques of Marion

1150 7th Avenue, Marion

Beautiful antiques and unique rare-finds fill the Antiques of Marion shop located at 1150 7th Avenue across from City Square Mall. For example, a few fun items we found were a Planters Peanut dispenser and vintage-style billiard balls.

The business has been open for more than 20 years and is co-owned by Randy Braumann and Steve Koenig. Antiques of Marion specializes in "high-quality mission oak and turn-of-the-century furniture. We also have a large selection of toys, pottery, sporting collectibles, artwork and other antiques."

Antiques of Marion's business hours are Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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