Ohio is beautiful in the Fall so let's take a road trip to Hartville. Car pooling would be nice, if possible. There is free parking, and many attractions within walking distance or a short drive around to a closer parking space, such as: The Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Collectibles, Hartville Coin & Jewelry and Hartville Hardware.There's a food court inside the Hartville Marketplace and we'll meet there at 10 a.m. If you can't make 10 a.m., take a cell phone so you can call one of us and make arrangements to meet. It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to see everything at this location--and that's without driving another mile east on Route 619 to the Hartville Chocolate Factory and the Maple Street Art Gallery.
Although the main reason we're meeting here is for the outdoor flea market, don't worry about the weather. There's a lot to see inside the building, too, including fresh produce, meats and cheeses, fudge and chocolates, as well as new and vintage merchandise, including Asian-style teapots and beautiful chopsticks (new) and of course, the food court.
But outside, in the fresh air and sunshine (let's hope!) you will find produce, along with some new, but mostly vintage items at bargain prices. There's everything from clothing to furniture to Fenton glass; costume jewelry and sterling jewelry with turquoise or amber; books, movies and record albums; cookie jars and dishes; tools and sometimes shotguns or rifles; and there's usually someone making caramel corn or selling fresh cinnamon rolls. Everyone is friendly and it is not uncommon to see a lot of dogs walking their people and a few babies in strollers.
In the same general area is the new, expanded Hartville Hardware Store, where you will find all the usual hardware items plus Carhartt clothing, gift items and great service. It's a large facility on two floors:
And let's not leave out the upscale gift shop in the same building as the Kitchen, Hartville Collectibles, or the Coin and Jewelry Shop that's located in the same plaza but next door, and open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Coin and Jewelry Shop has estate jewelry as well as gold and silver buillon and collector's coins:
Anyone interested in a sit down meal might enjoy The Hartville Kitchen, We will try to all meet at 3:00 for Dinner, featuring farm-style home cooking, such as roast beef and mashed potatoes with gravy, chicken, fish, salads, and for those who don't eat meat, the coffee and pies are exceptional. Pies can be purchased in the restaurant, by the slice, or whole for takeout through the Hartville Candy Shop/Bakery. The cakes are good, too, especially the mocha almond chocolate one (Rae's favorite!).
Hope you can make it,