In Oskaloosa, you can find everything from local boutiques to antique shops and bookstores.

There are several places to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee in between holiday shopping stops.

If you’re looking for gifts for musicians, or some vintage treasures, our little town of Oskaloosa has you covered.


1. The Antique Shop:

Featuring a wide assortment of antiques, this is a great place to locate that special rare find.

It’s a repurposed church-turned-antique shop.

From dishes and silverware to furniture and antique coins — you’re bound to find some special treasure from yesterday in this hidden gem (where you’ll be greeted by the owner Mary and her cats).



2. The Book Vault: 

Don’t forget about the local bookstore!

And how could you?

Who doesn’t love cuddling up on the couch and reading during a quiet moment during the holidays?

If you’re looking for the perfect book for that certain someone and you’re sick of searching on behemoths like Amazon, we’ve got just the spot for you.

The Book Vault is a first-rate, full-service, independent bookstore with an excellent quality book selection, unique gift items, engaging events, and even the occasional cooking demonstration!

Stop in this holiday season.

Here were Mary’s thoughts:

“Fabulous book store. Each little section invites you in to sit and read for a bit. The connected coffee shop just adds to the atmosphere! Book lovers will love this space but their family may have a hard time getting them to leave this delightful store!”

Visit their website.

Follow them on Facebook.


3. Timeless Treasures Corner: 

Featuring two floors of shopping that include a wide variety of ever-changing antiques, collectibles, coins, kitchenware, and used furniture, the Timeless Treasures Corner is the place to go when you’re looking for unique.

Exploration is the name of the game.

“Unique, rare, antiques and collectibles from kind, friendly proprietors. Have returned for items I chose not to get on first visit and regretted it. Lots and lots of items with a full basement, I’ll need a third visit to come close to seeing everything.”

With over 9,000 square feet of musical instruments, vintage feed sacks, primitive farm tools, license plates, marbles, jewelry, and much much more, this is a treasure hunt in small town Iowa.

If you’re looking for something unique and special, you won’t want to miss the unique and high-quality items in this store.

Find them on Facebook.


4. Muse Music Store: 

This store boasts that it was “created by music lovers, for music lovers.”

You’ll find it just off the square in Oskaloosa’s lovely historic downtown district and this fine shop offers a wide variety of new and used instruments, equipment, and accessories for musicians from every level.

They carry a wide variety of new and used guitars, ukuleles, amps, pedals, band and orchestra instruments, keyboards, guitar strings, drums, audio equipment, and accessories.

They also have an excellent collection of vinyl records for the audiophiles in your family.

Muse, defined, is “a spirit or source of inspiration.”

Find yours at Muse.

Visit their website.

Find them on Facebook.



Whether you’re browsing for the perfect piece of decor or looking for that next great novel — you’ll find it in Oskaloosa.

The tight-knit community in Oskaloosa is one of the things that makes it such a friendly place.

Owners know owners and the community seeks to support and look out for one another.

This sense of community makes visitors feel right at home — even on their first stay (which, speaking of, you have a wonderful place to stay here)!