Treasure Hunt

Indiana Landmarks Center - 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205

At the annual antiques market on the Indianapolis campus—on the parking lot and inside Indiana Landmarks Center and on the lawn at adjacent Morris Butler House—you’ll find 60 booths of antiques, collectibles and architectural salvage in a festival atmosphere, with roving entertainment and food to keep up your strength for hitting the 40+ yard sales throughout the Old Northside.

Stop first at Indiana Landmarks Center to pick up a Treasure Hunt map that outlines the antiques vendors and food choices—food trucks on 12th Street (closed to traffic from Central to Park), outdoor Grog ‘n Grill, and Tina's Traditional Old English Tea Room in the Morris-Butler House parlors. The food vendors sell coffee and breakfast items in the morning and the lunch options begin at 11.

Browse in the indoor antique booths in Cook Theater, and head downstairs to Rapp Family Gallery to view and vote for your favorite photograph in Meaningful Places, an exhibition staged in cooperation with iMOCA.

If you have kids, check out the childrens’ area where a puppeteer entertains, volunteers teach ice cream churning (and tasting!), and an art caravan offers activities children will love.

For your convenience, there will be an on-site ATM, treats for dogs, extra racks for bicycle riding browsers, and a holding area and loading zone you’ll need if you bought anything large, like a vintage fireplace mantle or a set of dining room chairs.

You’re not done, of course, because on the flip side of your Treasure Hunt map you’ll find Xs marking spots all over the Old Northside where 40+ yard sales are underway, including All Saints Episcopal Church’s annual Big, Big, Really Big Sidewalk Sale at 16th and Central, and St. Joe neighborhood’s sidewalk sale under the interstate just south of Indiana Landmarks Center.

Best of all, Treasure Hunt is FREE from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, you can pay $5 online or at the door for early-bird entry from 8-9 a.m. to get first pick from the antiques vendors on Indiana Landmarks’ campus.