Southwest Ohio is filled with small communities — great places to shop for antiques. These three destinations are close enough together to give you an entire weekend of vintage and antique shopping.
Named one of the 10 best places to browse for antiques, the small town of Lebanon is filled with specialty antique and vintage item stores. Expect to find everything from trinkets and jewelry to toys and large furniture. The town is also home to the historic Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant and the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory. Plan your trip for fall or winter and take in one of their annual antique shows.
Head about 10 miles northeast of Lebanon to Waynesville for another quaint town filled with vintage, antique and collectible shops. The family-owned stores tend to cater to smaller items, although you can find antique furniture here as well. Plan to spend at least a half a day to take in all the shops. Be sure to grab a bite to eat of one of the fine small cafes or diners. To get the most out of the trip, plan to visit at the end of May when the town hosts its annual Old Main Street Antique Show. During the event, more than 40 visiting antique dealers are in town.
Travel 30 miles north from Waynesville to Springfield and take in the monthly Springfield Antique Show held on the Clark County Fairgrounds. During warm weather vendors set up inside fairground buildings and outside on the fairgrounds — giving buyers plenty of antiques and collectibles to peruse. Check website for exact dates, but traditionally May and September are the largest events. While in Springfield also stop by Heart of Ohio Antique Center. This facility, open seven days a week, was deemed ‘one of the best sources for antiques and collectibles ‘ by Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine.