Big new space at Milltown Market

Renovations complete, now let’s fill it..

Milltown Market in Wilmington opened its new entrance and added hundreds of square feet of new vendor space in 2017.

The market specializes in antiques, collectibles, reused and repurposed items and primitives. It’s a 17,000- square foot destination shop that attracts locals and out-of-town shoppers for items that are not only antique, but quite often, unique.

Gary and Kay Ernst have owned and operated Milltown Market and Storage for the past 11 years. Gary Ernst says that since most customers are limited to buying essential items, he keeps prices competitive and merchandise in good condition. The nearly 40 vendors and over 100 consignors who use some of the space at Milltown Market bring out items that appeal to customers, such as functional pieces or do-it-yourself products.

Shoppers will find hand-crafted soaps, guitars and other musical instruments, antiques and retro pieces. Someone is in the shop every day to greet visitors from all over the world.

The Ernsts enjoy seeing customers from all walks of life who visit their store and say their enthusiasm in contagious. Milltown Market’s front entrance changed from North Kankakee Street to the south side of the building on Canal Street, in advance of a project to reconstruct the railroad crossing on Kankakee Street for high speed rail.

The new entrance is right in the middle of a new 110-foot long porch that offers outdoor display space and a shady spot to browse. The change gave Milltown Market additional parking right outside the front door too. Shoppers can anticipate finding new vendors and merchandise, consignment items and a more attractive variety every time they visit.

Vendors participate in planning and attend special events throughout the year. They’re planning to give guitar lessons, hold classes on creating garden art from old glassware, and hosting family portrait events.

Milltown Market will continue to support the community this year by participating in the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor and Catfish Days festivals, while supporting St. Rose Church, the Wilmington Rotary Club and the Wilmington Lions Club. The mantra for Milltown Market and Storage is “A walk in the past.” Gary and Kay believe in reuse, and the vision that goes with it, to reduce the amount of items that go to waste and take up space in landfills.

Milltown Market and Storage is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. The mall is located at 508 N. Kankakee St. in Wilmington.

Visit online a t or on Facebook at Milltown Market; call 815-476-0386; or email

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