Metamora Square alive with past

DeWayne Bartels
Hard-to-find pieces of memorabilia are found easily at Picadilly Place in Metamora.

The historic square here has gotten a little more historic with the opening of Picadilly Place, an antique consignment shop.             

Angie Donohue, the owner, said she opened the store when the space became available because she felt there is a need for retail antiques in Metamora.

“I decided Metamora would be a good location for this because Washington, Peoria and El Paso have stores like this,” she said. “There has been quite a bit of curiosity.”

Collectors, Donohue said, seek out stores like hers no matter where they are located.

“I like to have local items in here. Anyone looking for old stuff is a potential customer,” she said. “I’m a picker (one who goes to unusual places in search of antique treasures). Because of shows on TV about pickers and antiques people know there are treasures out there to be found.”

Old, Donohue said, does not mean expensive.

“I’ve had a lot of people come in and remark about how reasonable the prices are. And, just because something is scarred don’t mean it’s not a treasure,” she said. “I love it when people come in and see something and tell me stories inspired by that item. To me it’s like Christmas every day.”

Picadilly Place is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at 110 Davenport St.