Getting thrifty in Ohio’s Amish Country
by Melissa Herrera
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Start your junking day in Millersburg, where Save & Serve Thrift Shopis a junker’s paradise. Located one mile south of the Millersburg square, Save and Serve has everything you didn’t know you needed. Chock full of books, gently used clothing, wonderful vintage dishware, fabrics, and bric a brac – it’s a place to get lost in for a few hours.
Meander across the street and you will find Goodwill. Goodwill - Millersburg has a fine selection of great used clothing, housewares and treasures waiting to be found.
61 Surplus located just off the square in Berlin, is a non-profit organization created to produce funds to build orphanages, assist the poor, and feed the hungry. Staffed mostly by volunteers, the store features a variety of surplus goods ranging from electronics to toys to small appliances to exercise equipment (and everything in between).
Spend day two up north. On your way to Wooster, you’ll run smack dab into a little salvage store called The Bargain Shed that sits quaintly by the side of the road. In the summer, this store has fresh produce, to random garden junk, to the fattest pumpkins in fall. The store itself sells salvage grocery, and has a back room full of makeup, cleaners, and enough stuff to rifle through to keep the deepest salvager busy for hours.
Continue on your way to Wooster. Here you’ll find a favorite thrift/used building supply center in Habitat ReStore - Wooster . Located on Spruce Street Extension just south of the Wooster square, this ReStore is jam-packed with odds and ends to delight. It’s a builder’s paradise with all matter of salvaged doors, windows, paint, and lighting. The door room itself is a sight to behold. Nuts, bolts, and discarded but good mirrors and random wood are waiting to be found. You need a keen, but open eye to imagine the possibilities here.
From Wooster, head east and follow the signs to Kidron. Located next to Central Christian High School is the fabulous MCC Connections Thrift Store & Quilt Room. This thrift store is a sight to behold, well laid out, and a pleasure to browse through. You’ll find books, shoes, clothing, furniture, and everything in between. Well-run and neatly displayed are the treasures waiting for you to find. Check out their silent auction which changes quite frequently. Don’t miss their quilts made on site, from the denim of donated jeans.
Head east about 10 miles to the tiny Hamlet of Wilmot. Here nestled in on the side of the road beside Bee Bop’s Grill, you’ll find Harvest Thrift Store. Fairly new to the thrift store scene, this store is packed to the brim with all sorts of items to make a treasure hunter’s heart go pitter patter. Their mission is as follows: “to help a wide range of outreach programs, including sponsoring prison ministries, women’s groups, youth mission trips, intervention services, Christian kids camps, and helping missionaries from the area traveling to Italy, India, and the Ukraine.”
Continue on SR 250 through Strasburg, which eventually leads you through Dover to New Philadelphia. Here you’ll find numerous great thrift store locations. Of course New Philadelphia boasts a great Goodwill - New Philadelphia. They are known for their vast book selection, and great offerings of very gently used clothing. Their shoe selection is top notch, as is the furniture they have to offer.
On up the road just off the New Philadelphia square sits Browse & Buy. Tucked behind the front of a vintage building, this thrift store is a hidden gem. They have fabulous fancy dresses, and eclectic glassware to peruse. Their back room is filled to bursting and ready for willing hands to dig through linens, baskets, and books.
Also in the downtown area is Bearly Worn, a consignment shop run through P.A.L. (Preparation for Adult Living) Mission. This children’s store has a newly expanded location and features gently used children’s clothing for all ages. The storefront windows beckon shoppers to find something cute and reasonably priced for their little one. Profits from the store help generate funds for the P.A.L. Houses in Tuscarawas and Stark counties.
Canton has several great Goodwill stores to choose from. Thoughtfully laid out with the shopper in mind, Goodwill - Canton never fails to please with its selection. From clothing, shoes, knickknacks, and various new items – its glimmer never fails to entice.
A favorite in the Canton area is The Salvation Armystore. It is housed in a grand building, and the pillars out front beckon you in to browse. This Salvation Army is large, and filled with lots and lots of clothing of good quality. The book selection here, bar none, is the best in the area with great prices.
On Cleveland Avenue in Canton, you will find another Habitat ReStore - Canton even larger in scale than the Wooster location. It has more housewares, holiday paraphernalia, and furniture galore than anyone around. Need a desk chair? They’ve got scads with desks to go with them. Dressers, beds, lighting, and building supplies, right down to beautiful tile pieces – you’ll find what you need here.
Head north to Hartville where you will find another MCC Thrift store called Twice as Nice Consignments. The MCC thrift stores never fail to please. They are well laid out with a bevy of great fashions and wares to peruse. As always, a portion of their proceeds goes to missions, so why not serve while you save?
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