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Ohio Amish Country Flea Markets
From home home decor and gifts to antiques and crafts, these sprawling flea markets are great places to explore.
This 55,000-square-foot destination offers a range of homestyle essentials and boutique gifts, while also serving breakfast and lunch prepared by an Amish cook.
Fountains with ivy-coated angelic figurines stand outside the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market, as club carts ferry guests who need assistance from the 5-acre parking lot to the 55,000-square-foot facility’s entrance. Such attentiveness has been part of the experience here since the market opened in 2009.
The expansive flea market is climate-controlled and pet friendly, and there’s even a Man Cave outfitted with comfy lounge seating and three flat-screen TVs airing sports channels. It offers a respite for those who need a break from a full day of shopping, and given the size and scope of this place, it may take that long to explore it all.
“You could definitely be here for a whole day,” says manager Ashley Spears, noting that the market also serves breakfast and lunch. Shaded picnic tables and seating allow guests to enjoy the local food the Amish head cook prepares daily.
A map aids in navigating the 55 vendors, but wandering around is part of the fun. Lotus and succulent plants float inside hanging terrariums at Alice’s Air Plants, while recycled wine bottles have been made over as candles at Hodge Harper Enterprises.
“We have such a wide variety of vendors, whether they be local or [from] out of town,” Spears says. “We have everything from old to new.” 1900 St. Rte. 39, Sugarcreek 44681, 330/852-0181, wcfleamarket.com
Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market
What began as a livestock auction is now a giant 1-acre flea market, with an additional two-story building that houses 55 vendors. The outdoor market hosts dozens upon dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of vendors selling everything from home-grown fruit and vegetables to handmade jewelry and home decor pieces. Inside, the marketplace bustles with two floors filled with antiques, boutique clothing, local food, artisanal gardening supplies and more. “This year we are doing a lot more event-driven activities,” says Kirk Greaves, the market’s event planner. “We will be hosting a moonlight market outside on Friday nights with live music, vendors and lots of string lighting.” 1289 Edison St. NW, Hartville 44632, 330/877-9860, hartvillemarketplace.com
Holmes County Flea Market
Country music greets visitors to this 58,000-square-foot market, which offers four color-coded wings and a variety of vendors selling Amish-made crafts and rustic home decor pieces to artisan soaps and locally made sauces. “People come from all over the state to visit our market because of the opportunity they have,” says general manager Jesse Miller. “It’s like having all of Ohio’s Amish Country under one roof.” Miller also suggests eating at the on-site Blessings Cafe, where certified Angus beef burgers, specialty sandwiches, 8-inch Italian pizzas and appetizers with gluten-free options are available. Well-behaved pets are welcome to stroll down the flea market aisles. 4550 St. Rte. 39, Millersburg 44654, 330/893-0900, holmesfleamarket.com
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