Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton

Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton

Russ and Barb's Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Vintage Broches

Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Vintage Brooches


Wandering up and down the neighborhood streets we followed the sign with an arrow that said “antiques,” until we found it: Russ and Barb’s Antique Shop in Chesterton, Indiana.

Set inside a white, one story house, this Porter County antique shop is stuffed to the gills! with fabulous

Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana

Russ and Barb's Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Basement

Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Basement


I love antique shops. I love the way they smell, I like unearthing the unexpected, and I like to have to do a little digging. Russ and Barb’s Antique Shop fit into the category for my favorite kind of shop. It is so much fun to browse!

Pins (otherwise known as brooches) adorn a large section of the wall. Decorative plates hang in a row. Stacks of incredible dishware line the shelves. Colorful glass sits in the window frames catching light. And that’s just the upstairs portion of this Indiana antiques shop!

Make your way down to the basement and prepare to be completely amazed! Russ and Barb have been antique hunters for a long time–and had no choice but to branch out into their basement.

Chesterton, Indiana Antique Shop

Russ and Barb's Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Exterior

Russ and Barb’s Antiques in Chesterton, Indiana Exterior


Tall wooden shelves take up the center of the basement. Hanging down from the ceiling are all manner of wall art! It looks so interesting! I could have spent a full day down here just taking pictures.

The shelves along the back wall have a whole lot of bottles! Different colors, sizes, and shapes. It looks impressive–especially next to all that brightly colored Fiestaware!

Don’t see what you need? Russ is quick to point out that he has boxes and loads more items. Just let him know and he’ll see what he can do. Don’t you just love that small town service?

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned while traveling little Indiana, it’s this: if you see a sign with an arrow advertising anything–you have to follow it!

It always leads to something good. Russ and Barb’s Antiques is a great small Indiana town stop! This is little Indiana.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

Just don’t forget to tell ’em that  little Indiana sent you!

Russ and Barb’s Antiques
222 West Lincoln Avenue
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
219.926.4937

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

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