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Day trips from northeast Ohio: thrift stores, junk shops, flea markets, and antique malls

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I love secondhand shops. There’s no telling what you will find and there is most often a bargain to be had.

Finding such places, especially in rural northeast Ohio, can be a challenge. Unlike big corporate retailers, secondhand shops and thrift stores rarely advertise. They are not always known to those who don’t live in their immediate neighborhood. Making a list seems the best way to keep track of the places I know well and those I have only heard about and have yet to visit. If you live in Ohio’s northeast corner, you will see that this list will take you on excursions in many different directions. I expect the list to grow as I come upon more intriguing shops.

Descriptions are from shop owner’s websites. Comments in italics are from published reviews. Comments in red italics are my own thoughts. Shops and hours change. Check opening days/hours before you go.

Madison /Perry

Goodwill Madison, 6595 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH 44057; Mon – Sat 9-7, Sun 10-6. This store has made many improvements since moving in. Worth stopping if you are in the area but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get here.

The Future Past, 8 W Main St, Madison, OH 44057. Small but cute secondhand shop in Madison Village carries upcycled decor.

Perry Bargain Barn, 4650 N Ridge Rd, Perry, OH 44081. Wed – Sun 10-5; Mon & Tues closed.

Small Town Consignment & Co-Op, 7230A N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH 44057. Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Furniture, linen, jewelry and gifts; Weekdays (By appointment). “Always pleasant people, new finds every visit! Have bought everything from furniture to wall decor to knick knacks!”

Unionville

The Green Door and The Red Button Antiques Store, 6891 South Ridge Road, Unionville, OH 44088. Open daily noon-6; My favorite antiques store just for its ambiance. Specializes in Coca Cola memorabilia. Lots of other things too. Prices are a bit steep – antique store pricing as expected and not “thrift” pricing, but the selection of items is nice. The building, and houses in this little crossroads called Unionville, are historic and interesting to look at.

Geneva

The Painted Shutter, 907 E Main St, Geneva, OH 44041; Closed Sunday Mon – Sat: 10 – 2; Typical “junk” store with good prices plus a local artist’s original art. Stop if you are in the area. *Located across the street from the seasonal “Catherine’s Christmas Shop.”

Geneva Gift Shop (also GLS Auto Sales), 745 E Main St #1, Geneva, OH 44041; Just down the street from the Painted Shutter and the seasonal Catherine’s Christmas. This shop does not have much of a sign so I’m not even sure if the shop has a name. I drove past it for years, never really knowing what was inside. When I finally did explore it, I found it filled with a lot of furniture and wonderful vintage items, all very reasonably priced!

Moore’s Antiques, 28 N Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041; Weds- Sun 10-?

Broadway Antiques, 71 N Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041; Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat 10:30-5; Sun 12-5; Tues, Thurs Closed.

Formality Resale Bridal Shop, 923 W Main St, Geneva, OH 44041; New business housed in an old church.

Classic Country Consignments 4426 N Ridge Rd E, Geneva, OH 44041

Thrift Warehouse, 140 N. Broadway, Geneva OH 44041; Mon – Fri 10 – 6 Sat & Sun 10 – 4; Building is jam packed with items. Loosely organized. Many items not priced. Some items are way over-priced (for example, dishes that I could buy on Ebay for half the cost). But many bargains as well. They do have a large selection of items. Worth a “look see.”

Ashtabula

Goodwill Ashtabula, 621 Goodwill Dr. Ashtabula OH 44004; Mon – Sat 9-7 Sun 10-6 ; A medium sized store with a bit of everything.

Fat Sally’s Warehouse, 1569 Laird Dr, Ashtabula, OH 44004; Monday &\Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday, Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Made my first visit here a few weeks ago. Nicely organized. Prices were reasonable. It’s a little too tidy for me. It’s a fairly new shop though and I hope they will continue to keep adding merchandise to fill out or rather “pack it in.” Thrift stores in my opinion should be a little messy!

Conneaut

Conneaut Hospital Thrift Store, 255 Main St. Conneaut, OH; Wed – Sat 10-4, Sun – Tues Closed.

Jefferson

The Refindery Vintage Market, 39 S Chestnut St, Jefferson, OH 44047; Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 3:00 Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 A store devoted to rediscovering, reimagining, and repurposing items. The Vintage Market brings together the eclectic vision of multiple vendors in one location.

Classy Consignments 26 N Chestnut St, Jefferson, OH 44047; Clothing and American Girl doll clothes.

Painesville/Mentor/Kirtland

**A good day trip combines stops at Miscellaneous Barn, Shops at the Lake, and Painesville Goodwill. Add a lunch at Redhawk Grill, 7481 Auburn Rd. Painesville, OH 44077; 440-354-4040.

Rejected Treasures Luxury Resale, 1871 N Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077; Haute couture fashion house.; Thurs – Sun 10-5

Vintage Findz 2650 N Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077; Open Saturday only 11 – 4.

Miscellaneous Barn, 240 Mantle Rd, Painesville, OH 44077; Monday and Tuesday CLOSED, Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Antique, vintage and modern furniture and décor.; Several buildings on site. Reasonable prices. Lots of retro furniture, vintage dishes, glassware and just about anything else you can think of. I have found some real bargains here in the past. Not a place for clothing shoppers.

Shops By The Lake (previously Painesville Craft & Antique Co-op),,, 1871 N Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077-4813; Thursday – Sunday 10 – 5; Visit our 47,000 sq ft antique, vintage, collectible shopping co-op/mall. Over 100 vendors under one roof. Worth the couple of hours that are needed to browse.

Goodwill Painesville, 2175 Mentor Ave Painesville OH 44077; Mon – Sat 9-8, Sun 11-7; My favorite Goodwill store. Not a big store but always filled with finds.

Twice Loved Retail Shop, 8806A Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060. Shopper’s review: Adorable collectibles, furniture and art.

Our Treasures, 50 W Erie St, Painesville, OH 44077; Tues – Fri 11-5, Sat 10-3, Sun 11-3; Charming antiques & local goods dealer. Occupying a historic building, has wide variety of things from tools to linens.

Tiffany Rose, 8562 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060; Tues- Sat 10-6 Sun 12-4; Shopper’s reviews: “Absolutely loved everything in here! Awesome pricing and kind staff with a fun atmosphere. ” “Love love love this place. So many rooms full of items I just wanted to buy them all.” “Several shops in one building.”

The Salvation Army Thrift Store & Donation Center, 7000 Heisley Rd, Mentor, OH 44060

Schoolhouse Salvage, 7533 Tyler Blvd suite e, Mentor, OH 44060; Closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday 11 – 3, Wednesday 11 – 7 Our team scours the area for architectural and vintage salvaged goods and sells them online and at our warehouse. LOVE this shop.

Century Home Antiques & Estate Liquidations, 9959 Chillicothe Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094

Willoughby/Eastlake

Goodwill Eastlake, 33459 Vine St, Eastlake, OH 44095; Mon – Sat 9-8 Sun 11-7; If we are visiting the Painesville Goodwill we often will drive a few extra miles to hit this store.

Elite Repeats, 4130 Erie St, Willoughby, Ohio 44094; gently used from name brand designers

Looks Better on You, 36495 Vine St, Willoughby, OH 44094; upscale women’s consignment

Thrifty on the Vine, 32929 Vine St, Willowick, OH 44095; Mon – Sat 10-4.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 34225 Vine St., Eastlake, OH 44095; Thurs – Sat 9-5; These are scattered around northeast Ohio, but this is the one I have visited. It is just down the street from Goodwill Eastlake. Sell architectural salvage plus furniture and housewares.

Eastlake Relics 4077 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094; Tues – Fri 12-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 10-4 Full store with good parking around the back.

Antiques & Uniques 30200 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH ; Monday – Tuesday Closed, Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00 pm ; Antiques & Uniques was voted the #1 Antiques Store in 2017, 2018 & 2020 and Best Furniture Store 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio and #1 Antiques Store 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 in Lake County, Ohio! Worth a drive!

Mayfield

Goodwill Mayfield 6605 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield, OH Mon – Sat 9-8 Sun 11-7

Middlefield

Heritage Market Place, 15848 Nauvoo Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062; Mon – Sat 7-7.

Beth and Dawn’s Garage Sale Shop, 16029 Nauvoo Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062-9766; Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM; One of the best thrift stores ever! Packed with so many things you’ll want to explore. Leave the kids at home. Lots of breakables in tight spaces although they have recently reorganized and also now have reduced hours.

Burton/Newbury Area

Coffee Corners Antiques & Coffee House, 14544 N Cheshire St, Burton, OH 44021; Monday – Saturday 7-9, Sunday 12 – 5

Twisted Twig Vintage, 14538 N Cheshire St, Burton, OH 44021 Visited March 2022– Filled with furniture redos and accessories for home and garden.

Coffee Corners Antiques & Coffee House,14544 N Cheshire St, Burton, OH 44021. “Nice coffee shop with antiques and old town charm.”

Peddlers Corner Resale Shoppe, 12394 Kinsman Rd, Newbury Township, OH 44065. Visited March 2022—This place needs organization. It goes on and on and a few rooms are filled with treasures priced and ready to buy, but for the rest of the place, if they have what you want you will never find it among the piles of unopened boxes and display cases that can’t be reached because of blocked aisles. If you are willing to dig, go for it. It would make for some fun discovery. Prices are up and down. I bought a vintage cookbook for a reasonable $2. I passed on a gardening book that was overpriced at $7.50.

Chardon

Antiques on the Square, 101 Main St, Chardon, OH 44024 Sunday – Tuesday Closed Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5; Three full floors of an eclectic mix of authentic antiques and collectibles in a beautiful century building.

White Barn Online and Estate Liquidation Services, 105 Water St, Chardon, OH 44024; Open Friday and Saturday 2 – 5; Unique furnishings.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 540 Water St, Chardon, OH 44024 Sunday Closed, Monday – Friday 10 – 5, Saturday 10 – 1. Good place to find nice clothing. Note the odd Saturday hours. You must make it your first stop or they might close before you get there.

Goodwill Chardon, 425 Water St, Chardon, OH 44024.; Mon – Sat 9-8 Sun 11-7; A great Goodwill. One of the best.

Wonderland Art and Antiques, 102 Cherry Ave #1, Chardon, OH 44024 Thursday – Saturday 10 – 5.; Described as having antiques, repurposed and recycled art.

Farley’s Country Store, 12391 Mayfield Rd, Chardon, OH 44024. Daily 11 – 5. Visited March 2022– Small shop filled with crafted home and garden décor. Candles, paintings on wood mostly of barnyard creatures, bird houses, décor made from scrap wood, etc.

For a meal in the Chardon area my favorite spot is Bass Lake Tavern 426 South St, Chardon, OH 44024

Andover/Kinsman

SAPS This & That 20 US-6, Andover, OH 44003; Mon – Sat 9-6 Sun 9-4 Small store that carries odds and ends of what appear to be new merchandise close outs. Wouldn’t make a trip just for this store but if I’m in town, it’s worth a stop. I usually find something.

Andover Flea Market, 6352 Marvin Rd, Andover, OH 44003 Friday – Sunday 6 am – 3 pm This place has been going for years and I’m surprised to say I’ve never been there. Popular place however that I will one day get to!

Kinsman Market Square, 6416 Kinsman Nickerson Rd, Kinsman, OH 44428 Daily 10 – 8 The ultimate “junk store.” Packed with so many things! Thousands of books and a great place to buy heavily discounted discontinued wallpaper if you need one to a half dozen double rolls. Odds and ends, antique dishes, Christmas décor, tools, household goods of every kind. You will either love this place or hate it. It is an old, ramshackled building that will undoubtedly let you know what decades old dust smells like. I could spend hours exploring the basement.

History buffs, while in the Kinsman area, should drive by and see… Clarence Darrow Octagonal House (1858) 8405 Main St, Kinsman, OH 44428; Country Salvage 6318 Orangeville Kinsman Rd, Kinsman, OH 44428

Medina

Medina Antique Mall, 2797 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256; Sun-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-8. “This is my go-to for antiquing. The place is huge. Conveniently located on the corner of Route 18 and I-71 in Medina. It has the best selection and some of the highest quality pieces in the area. The variety of objects is staggering. Pricing varies. Some items on the high side. I always come out with something.”

Alliance

Goodwill Alliance 12501 W State St, Alliance, OH 44601; Mon – Sat 9-8 Sun 11-7

Mac’s Attic Flea Market, 358 E Main St, Alliance, OH 44601; Mon – Sat 9:30 – 4:30, Closed Sun.

The Bargain Store, 22831 State Route 62, Alliance, OH 44601; Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5

Pocket Change Antique Mall, 426 E Main St, Alliance, OH 44601 ;Tues – Sat 9-4.; I am by no means an antiquer. I don’t even like thrifting because I’m too impatient. However, this has gotta be the coolest antique store I’ve ever been to! Such a wide variety of really cool, unique stuff….some of it incredibly rare.

A silly side trip… Troll Hole Collection, 228 E Main St, Alliance, OH 44601 The world’s largest troll collection, this museum explores trolls, from mythology to today. 10-4 Tues – Sun Closed Mon

Amish Country

Holmes Co. Flea Market, 4450 OH 39, Millersburg OH 44654. Indoor market.

Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market ,1900 OH-39 Sugarcreek , OH 44681 Thurs -Fri-Sat 9-5. Indoor market.

Akron/Kent Area

Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market, 1289 Edison St NW, Hartville, OH 44632.

Northwest Ohio

Tiffin Flea Market, 100 S Hopewell Ave, Tiffin, OH 44883, Sat 9-4 Sun 9-3. Large outdoor market.

Warren/Niles

Goodwill, 2083 Elm Rd NE #4003, Warren, OH 44483

Second Chance Antiques, 2502 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren, OH 44483

1717 Antiques & Collectibles, 1717 Youngstown Rd SE, Warren, OH 44484

Treasures Flea Market 5150 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, OH 44446 Fri-Sun 10-6.

Auntie’s Antique Mall, 15567 Main Market Rd, Parkman, OH 44080

Warren Flea and Farmers Market, 428 Main Ave SW, Warren, OH 44483; Tues & Sat 8-4

Western Pennsylvania Area

Michaelangelo’s Sunday Flea; 2475 Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Edinburg, PA 16116 Sunday 6-3

Finders Keepers, 325 W Erie St, Linesville, PA 16424. Tuesday Closed Monday and Wednesday – Friday 10 – 6 Saturday 9 – 6 Sunday 12 – 5. Collectibles, antiques, household. Not worth the long drive for me but an okay place if you are in the area. Small shop.

Samirations Samaritans 155 S 9th St, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316 Tue – Fri 10-5 Sat. 11-3 Closed Sun & Mon

Old Acquaintances, 23386 Conneaut Lake Rd, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316; Weds – Fri 12-5 Sat 1-3.

Lisa’s General Store and Indoor Flea Market, 100 Hadley Rd, Greenville, PA 16125; Mon & Tue 11-4 ,Wed – Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5; If you have to choose one area of PA to shop toward, choose to shop in the direction that will bring you here! Big place. Take your time.

One Eighty Consignment and Thrift, 10 E State St, Albion, PA 16401; Thurs & Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Crawford County Second Chance, 904 Park Ave, Meadville, PA 16335; Mon – Sat 9-5;

Erie, PA Area

Cobb’s Second Time Around, 1215 Parade St. Erie, PA; 10-6, Sun Closed.

The Thrift Shopper 2064 W 15th St, Erie, PA 16505; Mon – Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun Closed.

Secondhand Rose 351 W 26th St, Erie, PA 16508; Wed – Fri 11-5, Sat 11-3

Mel and Tees Secondhand and Estate Sales 4915 Hillsdale Ave, Erie, PA 16509; Mon – Sat 10-5; Lots of great stuff. Mostly collectables, sports cards, model cars. This place is worth a look

Green Scene Thrift, 1301 E Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA 16504; Tues & Thurs 12-6, Sat 10-3

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