Ohio’s Antique Trail
By Anietra Hamper

No matter which direction you decide to drive in Ohio there are plenty of antiquing communities awaiting your arrival. You can hop on one of the 27 scenic byways that run through the state and use the back roads to stumble on vintage surprises or you can tackle your antiquing more strategically by region.

Few experiences can rival the ones that deliver warm nostalgia with the sight of something you used to have in your home or a vintage toy that was central to your childhood.  As an enthusiast for great nostalgic finds in every corner of Ohio I have a few favorite spots for finding antique splendor.

Northwest – There is a cluster of small antique shops and malls in northwest Ohio that can fulfill an antiquing journey for several days especially if you want to stay at some B&Bs along the way. Make your way north on I-75 stopping first in Wapakoneta at the Auglaize Antique Mall where you will find vintage furniture and jewelry. Head further north to Findlay where there are independent antique dealers and shops and the pet-friendly Jeffrey’s Antique Gallery with 300 dealers. Keep heading north and stop at the 2.75-acre Maumee Antique Mall which is one of the largest in the area. There are several other small shops in nearby Curtice, Perrysburg and Toledo. Finally, make your way west along Highway 66 to Archbold and the Historic Sauder Village where you will find the impressive Field of Memories Antique Mall.

Northeast – Some of my favorite antiquing is along the back roads of Ohio’s Amish County in Northeast Ohio. Take a drive through the small towns of Millersburg and Berlin where you can spend a full day or an entire weekend antiquing. Key stops are to the Antiques Trading Post where you will find pottery, old advertising signs and tools. The Berlin Village Antique Mall (US-62) is one of my favorite places for great finds with several floors of vendors. Then, make your way to Starlight Antiques and the Berlin Antique Mall (OH-39) where there is coffee available and even a sitting area if you need to rest between deals.

Southwest – Targeting southwest Ohio gives you the most bang for your vintage buck as this region is an antique-lovers mecca. There are three notable stops: The Heart of Ohio Antique Center which is a sprawling mega antique mall in Springfield with more than 1,400 booths; the Ohio Valley Antique Mall in Fairfield near Cincinnati with 550 dealers, and the small town of Waynesville that is known for its eclectic street of antique shops and one of my favorite places in the state to find hidden gems. While the Waynesville Antique Mall is impressive, I prefer to peruse through more than a dozen independent shops like Brass Lantern Antiques, C&R Living Antiques & Collectibles and Mad Anthony Curio Mall.

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Southeast – This section of Ohio is leaner when it comes to vintage finds so this route is best for the causal antiquer who is also interested in soaking in the southern Ohio scenery. The Logan Antique Mall is a great stop with more than 100 dealers and the Hocking Hills Market near Rockbridge is perfect for a day of perusing and shopping. You can find antiques, gemstone dealers and even take in a round of miniature golf while you are there.

Central– Some of the best antique gems in central Ohio come once a month at the Scott Antique Market at the Ohio State Fairgrounds with vendors from all over the country. Columbus has a number of quaint shops like Eclectiques in the short north area and several that specialize in antique furniture like Keens Furniture Loft and Columbus Architectural Salvage. The Blackberry Patch Antiques in Powell is another dealer that specializes in vintage home décor.

Antiquing is about the journey of the find. Ohio’s abundance of antique shops and malls and changing scenery throughout the state make an antiquing a memorable experience beyond just the nostalgic discoveries.

For more Ohio shopping, Find It Here at Ohio.org.

About the Author

For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world. Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at ThreeWordPress.com.