MUSCATINE, Iowa–After returning to business following weeks of closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Wild Thing’s owner, Megan McCarthy, received a pleasant surprise. The Wild Thing earned one of River Travel Magazine’s (a travel website dedicated to Mississippi River tourism) Best of the River awards in the thrift shop category. Nominated and voted on by site users, the awards seek to highlight some of the best places to visit along the length of the river and the Great River Road.
McCarthy felt both surprised and elated on learning her store had won the award. “I was definitely grateful for the win,” she shared. She also thinks the award may have played a role in attracting more people from outside of Muscatine to pay her a visit. “I’ve definitely had a lot of people from out of town come in over the last few weeks, especially since the article (from River Travel) came out,” she said.
As much as McCarthy enjoys welcoming visitors from afar to the Wild Thing, she likes helping people from Muscatine and surrounding cities find treasures at her shop too. McCarthy describes The Wild Thing as “a shop that spans across the decades,” and that has items to interest people of all ages. A collaboration of 20 different vendors, the cooperative has a wide selection of vintage jewelry, furniture, and other collectible items for the young and young at heart to shop and enjoy. “It’s like a flea market, but all indoors year round,” added McCarthy. If you have a specific item you would like to find, McCarthy will happily share it with vendors, who can frequently track down requested things in their own collection or by networking with others in the antique and vintage business.
Since returning to business in May, The Wild Thing has made every effort to welcome shoppers back safely. To that end, shoppers may contact the Wild Thing at 563-260-3900 or via their Facebook page about any item they saw there or would like Wild Thing vendors to look for. The Wild Thing can then take payment over the phone and arrange a time for people to pick up their purchases curbside with as little contact as possible. Shoppers may also come into the store during its regular hours of 11 a. m to 5 p. m Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a. m. to 6 p. m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Saturday.
The Wild Thing has also begun hosting monthly Facebook live shopping events, where they showcase some of their most exciting finds. Anyone watching may contact them about purchasing one of the items shown as the stream goes on and arrange a time to pick them up.