Hey, locals! This one’s for you! I’m sharing all my favorite local antique and thrift stores in the Akron/Cleveland/Canton/Columbus area.
These are my favorite haunts that I frequent regularly and share my amazing finds with you all on the gram.
There are a few I haven’t made it to yet but I added them if they looked promising or were recommended by a friend. I’ll make sure to update this post when I do!
Below is a quick list by city if you’re like “Deanna, just give me the names of your favorite stores”. If you’re looking for the inside scoop and extra deets on each though, keep reading. I’m sharing my thoughts, what I look for at each, and any sale or special weekdays I recommend shopping for best prices.
Resource Library: For my locals – Antique and Thrift Stores
I love when the warmer weather finally rolls into Akron, Ohio and the flea and farmers markets start to take over my weekends.
Because we experience all 4 seasons up here, May-October is when I usually do the bulk of my thrifting. Mostly because I love to hit up the outdoor flea markets and shop multiple vendors all in one location.
The Springfield Flea in Southern Ohio is one of my all-time favorites and Mike and I try to go twice each year for their extravaganza weekends.
I shared my tips and tricks for shopping their extravaganza weekends here on the blog if your interested. There are great take aways that can be used at any flea markets you visit!
COVID-19 has canceled a lot of the flea markets I typically frequent, though. Instead, I’ve been heading indoors to my local antique and thrift stores to get my fix this summer.
If you want to follow along, I’ve been sharing my finds in my Instagram Stories. I love seeing what others find in their areas and hope this is inspiring and helpful for you!
You can also read my favorite items to thrift at antique and thrift stores and see my recent haul. These are the things I always have on my shop list. Styling and decor pieces I can use throughout my home.
I love a good thrift/antique store and thought I would create a resource for all my local readers looking for places to shop.
Most of the places on this list I frequent quite a bit. Some are new to me and are on the shortlist to visit soon! I’ll continue to update this post as the list grows so bookmark this post for future reference!
The Master List by City
- Akron Antiques
- American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
- Pier and Co.
- The Bomb Shelter
- The Salvation Army
- Brother’s Antique Mall
- Brother’s Antiques North
- Medina Antique Mall
- Medina Depot Antiques
- Habitat for Humanity Restore
- Life’s Treasures Thrift Store
- This and That Antiques
- Shops in Seville
- Hartville Flea
- Marshall’s Antique Warehouse
- Modern Vintage
- One Vintage Lane
- Uniontown Antique Mall
- All Things For You
- Helm Collective
- Rebuilders Exchange (RBX)
- Schoolhouse Salvage
- Eclectiques Antique Mall
- The Little Light Collective
- Springfield Flea
Antique and thrift stores – Akron
I found Akron Antiques last summer during the pandemic. I stalked their Instagram feed before heading in and screenshot a ton of treasures I fell in love with. I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to look for them when I got there!
I grabbed some of my favorite finds last summer at this shop including brass candlesticks, a music box, a cameo lidded compote, as well as a large cloche. The owner is so sweet and will even let you book an appointment to visit and shop if their store hours don’t work for you!
The shop is constantly adding new things and sharing those finds on Instagram. If you see something you like online, send them a message to purchase so you don’t miss out!
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Akron is a frequent haunt of mine. A lot of my recent favorite finds have been at this store.
The shop isn’t huge but they have a good mix of home and clothing items to hunt through and new stuff is added daily. One thing I recently learned is to head to this store on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s when the local estate sale finds that didn’t sell over the weekend get dropped off.
They also have great markdowns that start once an item has been in the shop for more than a month. I’ve gotten things for 75% off before! They also have a frequent shoppers card too. Receive a stamp for every $15 spent and once you earn 6 stamps you get $10 off!
I don’t make it to this Goodwill often but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Goodwills are always a great thrift store to pop into and I try to stop in whenever I’m down this way.
This shop on Waterloo road is huge and has a ton of clothes. They also have a pretty big home section that is well organized.
Pier and Co.
Pier and Co. is an estate sale company that has sales here in Ohio as well as in Florida. I used to frequent their estate sales quite a bit when Mike and I were on an estate sale kick.
They opened a shop a few years ago to sell some of the items that didn’t sell at the estate sales in home. It’s a great chance to shop if you can’t make the sale.
Mike and I have stopped in a few times but haven’t purchased anything yet. I’ve had my eye on a few things but never pulled the trigger. Prices are hit or miss depending on the item but definitely worth checking out and making an offer if you see something you love.
The Bomb Shelter
My sister-in-law introduced me to The Bomb Shelter in Akron one summer and Mike and I fell hard.
My framed “old man reading the paper” on canvas is from here and we also purchased a large metal cabinet that’s perfect for storing shoes by our garage door.
It’s always fun to shop this store and they have a great eclectic mix. Lots of mid-century modern, army and salvage finds, as well as vintage clothing.
I stopped in last summer when we were on the hunt for a bigger desk for Mike and came home with a few small things for the house. I know Mike is itching to go again so I’m sure a return visit is in our future soon!
The SALVATION ARMY
Every once in a while I’ll head to The Salvation Army Store in Montrose. I don’t always have the best of luck here but that’s the thing about these types of stores. They’re ALWAYS getting new things in and you never know what you’ll find unless you go.
They have a huge clothing section and a decent-sized home goods section that’s kind of spread out throughout the store. Furniture and art can be found along the perimeter and small home decor, lamps, and an additional furniture section are towards the back.
Antique and Thrift Stores – Medina
Brother’s Antique Mall
I’ve been going to Brother’s Antique Mall for quite a few years now. It’s one of my favorite little shops to stop into every other week or so. They have quite a few vendors all under one roof and you can find a great mix of things. Primitive pieces, refinished painted furniture, and of course vintage and collectible pieces.
I have a few favorite stalls in here that I always head to first but I make sure to check out all the vendors before I leave. I’ve had great luck finding all kinds of things throughout the years and they are running a sale this weekend if you want to check them out! I don’t have the details but check their Facebook page for the scoop. I believe each booth will be participating and will post their own discount.
Brother’s Antiques North
Brother’s Antiques North is a fun little shop that I just recently started going to this past year. They are the sister store to Brother’s Antique Mall and are in the opposite direction on the other side of Medina.
I never knew there were two stores until someone finally asked me at checkout if I had been to the other location. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorites to visit monthly when I’m out in Medina to see what’s new.
There are multiple vendors all under one roof and the mix is very similar to what you’ll find at their other store. I’ve found so many great pieces this past summer. Now I just need places for all my finds!
I finally made it to the Goodwill in Medina this past summer and have since added it to my weekly rotation! This is a great little store that always has a piece or two that catches my eye when I stop in.
It’s close to where route 18 intersects Highway 71 making it perfect for when I’m headed to the antique mall or the other stores in downtown Medina.
On my first visit, I found so many great furniture pieces that I didn’t have a spot for, and they still haunt my dreams! Highly recommend checking out this shop frequently as they are always getting new items in.
Medina Antique Mall
If I’m hunting for something specific I usually head to the Medina Antique Mall. This place is huge and has tons of vendors all under one roof.
I usually run out of steam before I make it through the whole mall, though. I try to hit up my favorite stalls first to see what’s new and then go from there.
Over the years I’ve found so many great pieces here. Some recent favorite finds include the desk we got for Mike this past summer and a few Spode Blue Room plates I’ve started collecting.
Medina Depot Antiques
Medina Depot Antiques is another shop with multiple vendors all under one roof. It doesn’t look that big from the outside but trust me it’s jam packed on the inside!
I hadn’t been in for a while and just recently got a chance to stop in. There are two levels and the shop just keeps going and going. Tons of little rooms and nooks and crannies to explore.
They have a great mix of things here and the prices are pretty good. I found some blue and white dishes to add to my collection and some frames I’m hoping to repurpose for the gallery wall.
I have my eye on a few other pieces and will be adding this shop to my weekly rotation whenever I’m out in Medina.
*Side note: It’s right next door to Root Candle Company which is a great place to stop in if you’re near by. So many great candles and they have an outlet inside too!
Habitat for Humanity Restore
While shopping at Medina Depot Antiques, I overheard the associate tell a customer about a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby.
How did I not know about this?
I’ve been shopping out here for years and never knew there was a ReStore so close by. Well, after I checked out I plugged it into my GPS and 3 minutes later I was there!
I think I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been in a Habitat for Humanity store. It’s just not a shop I get to often and I’m not sure why. I think I mistakenly thought I didn’t have any nearby and just never looked for some reason. Well, that has changed and this store has been added to my weekly rotation!
If you’ve never been in a Habitat ReStore before you’re in for a treat! They have a great mix of things. Lighting, furniture, home goods, paint, plumbing, and other odds and ends. They get a mix of local customer and company donations and you never know what you’re gunna find when you go in.
*One thing to note is their hours. This location is only open Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9-5.
Life’s Treasures Thrift Shop
Another store I started going to last summer and have since added to my weekly rotation is Life’s Treasures Thrift Shop.
This is another great little shop that is constantly getting new pieces in each week. I’ve found some great pieces for our home and always seem to walk away with a item or two each time I visit.
They have all kinds of furniture pieces, glassware, home decor, and even some clothing. They share new items they’ve received on their Facebook page so make sure to check there to see what’s new.
I believe each day of the week they have a different category on sale. On Thursdays, they do something called “Thrifty Thursdays” where everything except furniture is 50% off. You can find some furniture reduced on these days but towards the end of the month is when they start to mark down the bigger pieces. It gets busy these days so be prepared!
This and That Antiques
This and That Antiques is one of my favorite shops in Medina. It’s tucked into a house on a side street off of the square. I first stopped in last summer and have since been trying to get in a few times a month.
It’s another store with around 40 vendors to shop from all under one roof. It looks small from the outside but it’s actually pretty big when you get in. Lots of little rooms to check out with a small downstairs to explore as well.
Their Facebook page shows their recent additions and things they’re loving in the shop. I believe they even have a website where they post items not in the shop for sale.
You’ll find all kinds of antiques and thrift store items and I always bring something home with me. My recent finds include a wicker lamp, dried florals, and a knitted throw for the guest bedroom. Check em out next time you are in Medina!
Shops in Seville
A little south of Medina is the village of Seville. It’s been a few years since we’ve been over this way but there are a few cute shops in their downtown all clustered together for easy shopping.
Elements at Funky Junk Boutique, Two Chics and a Hen, and Urban Cottage have curated boutiques with a mix of new and vintage finds. Check their pages to see photos and hours to get an idea of what they offer and when it’s best to head there to shop!
Antique and Thrift Stores – Hartville/Canton
I don’t get down this way often but when I do I try to stop into the local Goodwill. You just never know what you’ll find and they always have new pieces hitting the floor.
I love to look through their art and frames, glassware, and furniture pieces to see if I can find anything that will work for our home.
I recently joined Club Goodwill Rewards and I’m now earning points on my purchases. For every $100 I spend I get a $5 reward to use. Not much but I’ll take it! You can also earn points in other ways like refusing a bag a checkout to help get you to that reward a little quicker!
When visiting the Hartville flea, and even when the outside portion is closed, I always stop inside to shop the indoor vendors.
Mostly for the food but I have a favorite booth upstairs called Boston Road Collective that has some great vintage finds. I’ve found fun pieces for Halloween and other holidays here as well.
The French Rooster is on the first level and even though it’s mostly a clothing boutique, they have some great home decor finds as well. Not thrifted finds per se but hey, you’re already there so might as well stop by this cute boutique while you’re at it!
Marshall’s Antique Warehouse
Marshall’s Antique Warehouse in Canton is the place to go for architectural salvage finds! They have so many cool items including tons of doors and windows, mantels, and lots of architectural pieces.
Along with the salvaged, rusty goodness, they also refinish pieces and host additional vendors on their second floor. Look out for holiday shopping events as well throughout the year. So much fun to shop!
I don’t normally gravitate towards painted pieces but every once in a while I spy a restored wood piece that is lovely! They also have lots of home decor items like art, mirrors, and other accessories to help you style and add the finishing touch to your space.
Their store is lovely but if you can’t make it down, you can also shop their Instagram and Facebook feeds. They share daily pics of new arrivals and you can DM them to get the details on how to purchase and arrange pickup.
Their little shop is getting a major glow up and will be moving just around the corner to a larger space this spring, 2021. Can’t wait to check out the new digs!
One Vintage Lane
Another new to me store that I’ve added to the list to visit is One Vintage Lane. From their Facebook page, they appear to have that shabby chic vibe with a mix of vintage and handmade items. I haven’t been able to stop in yet but will update you when I do!
Uniontown Antique Mall
A recent find for me this past summer is Uniontown Antique Mall. There are multiple vendors between 2 floors with lots of goodies to look through.
There was a booth by the front door I especially loved and I also found some prints hanging on the wall heading down the stairs.
Hartville is known for its big outdoor flea so it only makes sense that the neighboring town of Uniontown would have some great finds as well!
Antique and Thrift Stores – Cleveland
All Things for You
Another new to me shop this past summer is All Things For You. Mike and I stopped by this cute store recently and found some great pieces.
They have tons of art and furniture and the styles are mixed but with a focus on mid-century pieces.
The lower level is called the Underground and features additional vendors to shop with. I love stopping in whenever we are in Cleveland or shopping their Instagram page when I can’t get up there.
Walk into Helm Collective and you instantly feel like you’ve been transported to someone’s chic, but effortlessly styled and relaxed living room. I seriously just wanted to chill with a cocktail and a charcuterie board for a bit.
The shop is beautifully curated and features beloved items handpicked for you by the shop owner. Can’t make it to Cleveland? Make sure to check out her Instagram feed for the latest and ways to shop online.
Rebuilders Excahnge (RBX)
Rebuilders Exchange or RBX is another store Mike and I just recently started going to. I first spotted it on Instagram and knew he would love it!
RBX buys and sells overstock new and salvaged materials from builders, contractors, and individuals looking to unload excess materials and earn some money.
Buyers have access to the huge warehouse on the weekends which is constantly changing as they get new stuff in.
We recently purchased a wall-mounted sink for our half bath and I can’t wait to clean it up and get it installed!
Schoolhouse Salvage is on the east side in Mentor and is another salvage and vintage shop. They source unique architectural items and sell them in their store.
You can find untouched goods or purchase an item that has been refinished. Like RBX, you can work with them to sell off overstock home or estate items.
Antique and Thrift Stores – Columbus
I’m not as familiar with the thrift and antique stores in Columbus but last summer we decided to check out a couple based on my Instagram finds.
I’ve come across a few individuals who thrift and resell their finds on Instagram. Through them, I’ve found a few shops I like to check out whenever we are in town.
Eclectiques Antique Mall
Needless to say, the hubby had to reign me in and I only came home with a few pieces.
Last summer though, Chelsea moved her thrifted finds to another location. You can also shop through Chelsea directly. She frequently posts things on Posh and links to the site on her account.
The Little Light Collective
Through Little Light Collective I’ve found a few other accounts to follow. They are located in the shop with Chelsea making it a perfect one-stop-shop! Martine Clark of Gab sand Reese, Pear Tree Lane Vintage, Familiar Folk, The Layered Haus, and Splendor Revival just to name a few.
Mike and I try to go down to Columbus a couple of times a year. We usually plan it around the Springfield Flea Extravaganzas and do a little shopping at the outlets as well.
The flea is open throughout the summer but we’ve found we love going during the extravaganza weekends the best.
You can find a huge mix when shopping this flea. Everything from your typical flea market finds to refinished and painted pieces and other curated items.
We have a blast when we go and NEVER come home empty handed!
Local antique and thrift stores
I hope this resource list of local antique and thrift stores is helpful to my local followers and readers! I will continue to update it as I find more shops I love and think you’ll love as well!
Am I missing any of your favorites? Tell me what needs to be added below!