THE NEW GIRL’S GUIDE: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 4 Calling Birds, 5 Gold Rings

The 12 Days of Christmas continues! My stops this week are Wall to Wall Retro and Whatnots & Whimsies.

For the vintage aficionado in your life, these are the best places around! Wall to Wall Retro is located at
walltowall225 E. Chicago St. in Elgin. They have multiple items from every era stretched out throughout their store. My favorite items are the record players, vintage cameras and accessories, cookware, furniture, and even vintage clothes! Walking into Wall to Wall is like walking back in time without the regular things popping up. They only allow the best of the best in their store, and it has to be unique. Things that you find in Wall to Wall are specific to their shop because who wants to see the same ten things over and over again? Right now Wall to Wall is having a sale where everything in the store is 30% off so if you need something unique and vintage at a great price, they are your go to place!

Whatnots & Whimsies is also a collector of vintage items and vintage-inspired collections, but they also desire a more home decor approach. The store is set up in different rooms (it’s huge). Each room focused on one theme. There is the Parisian attire room complete with vintage clothes, jewelry, shoes, and antique-typewriter-keysvintage fashion art. Next, the vintage kitchen will transport you back to the 40’s-50s with their collection of vintage and retro cooking ware, cookbooks, oven, and aprons. The third spot is an old book hallway. Most of these books can range anywhere from encyclopedias to classics. I’m still holding out for a vintage copy of The Great Gatsby. They also have a music room complete with piano, vintage radios, and tons upon tons of records! I cleared them out of their Frank Sinatra records, but I’m sure they can and will get more in. The next room would cross off the tea lovers on your list because it’s wall to beautiful wall of vintage tea cups. If I drank tea, I would be all over it. Finally, the last room I would consider is the furniture room where they keep the bigger pieces. 

You still have time to get everyone crossed off your list in downtown Elgin! Shop local!

Wall to Wall Retro is located at 225 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL and their hours are:
Sunday: 12 PM- 6 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 AM- 8 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11 AM- 8 PM
Friday: 11 AM- 8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM

Whatnots and Whimsies is located at 211 E. Chicago St, Elgin, IL

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm


sarahHey there! My name is Sarah, and I am the Tourism Promoter and Events Coordinator for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (it’s a mouthful, I know). I’m a newbie to the Elgin area, so I will be telling you first-hand accounts of events and attractions found in Elgin, through my eyes! I’ll share my adventures through videos, photography, and words.