To everything there is a season. . .

By definition, an antique is a decorative object, piece of furniture or other work of art created in an earlier period that is collected and valued for its beauty, workmanship and age. Antiquing is a favorite pastime across the country and Marion County alone boasts some great treasure hunting prospects.

Combine antiquing with fall leaf peeping – another seasonal favorite and you have the perfect road trip.

Valley Falls State Park

Showcasing more than 70 vendors, Arts & Antiques Marketplace is located in historic downtown Fairmont. Whether you are a dealer or collector you will find a wide array of antiques, artwork, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery and other unique items. While you are there, enjoy a latté or expresso at the coffee bar. A little jolt of caffeine may be what you need to get you to the next location.

Arts & Antiques Marketplace

Located close to Pricketts Fort State Park, Sweet Memories Antique Mall has a wide selection of antiques, vintage clothing, primitives, glassware plus an extensive military collection. They also stock advertising signs, tins, displays and much more.

Sweet Memories Antique Mall

Pace yourself, there are several more stops to go. . . .

Enjoy the beautiful hues as you drive a few miles to Pickers Paradise in White Hall. There you will find a large collection of instruments, vintage toys, crocks, advertising items, furniture and so much more. They also buy and sell high end jewelry.

Pickers Paradise

Ready for more? You’ll enjoy the scenery as you travel on Route 218 to Crystal’s Country Closet. You’ll find furniture, cookware and decorations from a bygone era. With three floors of treasures, plan on being here for a while.

Crystal's Country Closet

Let’s keep on going. Because you will be enveloped by a canopy of color as you drive to Mannington and visit Crystal’s Custom Creations. Here you will discover an array of antiques and decorations. Plus you will also find adorable little girl clothing and accessories in their Be Unique Boutique. Have something you want to transform into vintage without waiting 50 years? Crystal’s Custom Creations also carries Miss Lillian’s NO-WAX Chock Paint. In this case, everything new is old again!

Chock Painting project

Why not make this an overnight treasure hunt and snuggle up in one of our Bed & Breakfasts?

Want to see a different use for antiques? Be sure to stop by Heston Farm Winery. You’ll see antique farm equipment used as decorations and say to yourself – Why didn’t I think of that! And while you’re there you may as well enjoy a tasting (or two)!

Heston Farm Winery

The hunt is on – for the best treasures, the best sites and the best tastes of fall!

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days” – John Burroughs

 

 

 

 

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