Monday, October 11, 2010

A Day in Hartville

Saturday was such a fun day! I spent it in Hartville with my mother-in-law, Patty, and sister-in-law, Maria.

Hartville is a little village that's not too far from where I live. It is surrounded by farms, and it's basically in the middle of nowhere. But there are some really fun places there!

Our first stop of the day was at a thrift shop called Twice is Nice. There was a lot of furniture, home goods/decorations, and clothes. We spent a lot of time there, and I ended up finding some great things: two sweaters, a pair of Ann Taylor jeans, a jacket for Luke, some fall decorations, a bag full of miscellaneous cookie cutters, and two CDs: Hillsong Live, and the P.S. I Love You soundtrack. I spent less than $35 on all of that! My favorite deal was probably the Ann Taylor jeans which cost just $6.50.

After the thrift shop, we headed to Hartville Kitchen, a huge restaurant with amazing food.
Luckily we got there early, because apparently around 11:30 or 12, the line to get in gets pretty long. It is a popular place! I ordered roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, and it was delicious. I ate every last bite. We all ordered a piece of pie for dessert, too. Maria and I both chose dutch apple, and it was soooo good. After eating, we explored the shops on the other end of the building, and looked in the fudge shop, where Maria bought some fudge for her husband, and Patty bought us each a truffle. Mmmm...I love truffles! ;-)

Our next stop was the Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market.

The Marketplace was a gigantic building filled with, umm, everything you could ever imagine! Jewelry, clothes, purses, produce, candles, books, trinkets, decorative items, etc. It is a giant building with two floors. Two of my favorite stores there were a boutique for little girls with clothes that I was absolutely dying over...I don't think I've ever wanted a daughter more than when I was in that store!...and a little shop called The Boston Road Collection with all kinds of primitive decorative items and antiques. Patty and Maria both had some great finds in The Boston Road store. I found lots and lots of things I loved there, but nothing that I felt really matched my house. Maybe next time!

In addition to all of the things to look at inside, there is also a flea market outside. Unfortunately we got there when everyone was packing up for the day, but there was still lots to look at! It would be fun to come a little earlier some day.

Here is an aerial view picture just to show how big the Hartville Marketplace is:
And we walked through just about all of it! There were just way too many fun things to look at. I would definitely go again!

By the time we had seen everything, we felt like we had shopped until we were literally about to drop. So we headed home to give our feet a little rest!

It was such a great day, and I can't wait to go back again sometime :-)


  1. Wow, that sounds like a really neat place! By the way, my husband was talking about football today and mentioned how good Ohio State was doing...I said "I have a friend who likes Ohio State." and he said, "Who? and where did you meet her?" I had to be all sheepish when I admitted it was you, my blog friend, haha!

  2. Apple pie AND shopping???!!!! How can you go wrong with that! It must have been an amazing day! I'm so glad you had fun :-)

  3. That sounds like fun - hooray for shopping!

  4. Sounds like fun! That place looks huge!!


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