Thursday, December 15, 2011

Antique Shopping Daytrips: Springfield Ohio

It has been a while since we did a antique shopping daytrip post. Recently I had to travel to Columbus Ohio to pick up some estate items we purchased and took the opportunity to stop in Springfield Ohio.

Springfield Ohio is an antique Mecca and is ideally located on I-70 between Dayton and Columbus and is home to three major Antique Malls all located just of I-70.

Heart of Ohio is perhaps the best known of the three and the largest.  Shoppers will find a good selection of furniture but the mall is now heavy with small items. We saw tons of silver and silver plate there too, and prices were very reasonable. Of particular note to the old house restorer was at least three vendors who had  good quantities of Gas light and parts. We picked up one gas light fixture needing some work for 20 bucks. Complete useable fixtures were in the 150-250.00 range

AAA antique mall has a very good selection of furniture and we saw several higher end pieces scattered among lesser items. Of surprise to us, we saw several stoves both old gas and wood burners priced very affordably. While this isn't the 'prettiest' of antique malls and its decor is a bit dated we found really good inventory and prices were good.

The last of the big three malls is Central Ohio Antique Center. It is the newest and most logically laid out. My only complaint was the placement of furniture on top of tall display cases making it impossible to see the price tags. Of the three malls this one has the best quality of Victorian furniture and we spotted several items that if we had the room in our vehicle we would have taken home. This mall also has an outstanding collection of old light fixtures.

To see everything will easily take a day and you might consider staying overnight at one of the many Bed and Breakfast Inns around the area

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