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It was a cold day.  A really cold day.  But the moment we stepped into The Old River Valley Antique Mall we were greeted with a warm smile and some good old midwestern small talk.

As I mentioned, I plan to visit all of the antique shops that Rochester, Minnesota has to offer this year.  But I know I’ll be back to The Old River Valley Antique Mall many, many times.

The thing about antique shopping in your home town is that you find things that mean something to you.  Things that bring back memories so vividly.  Like when I saw the old Wong’s Cafe order tickets and I could taste the egg drop soup again.  And I could see my Grandpa sitting across from me.

You see, it’s not just antiquing.  It’s diving into your past, in the best way possible.