Shores & Islands Ohio Antiques Trail
Do you yearn to find treasure from years gone by? Are you always on the hunt for unique items to add to your vintage collections? Then antiquing is definitely for you! While Shores & Islands Ohio offers a number of unique shopping experiences, people often inquire as to which locations are good for browsing antiques and finding historical items. Antique stores in the Shores & Islands region offer some really cool finds, especially for collectors of nautical items or items related to Lake Erie or the islands.
Start your adventure in Milan. The village of Milan offers an antiquing experience where you can view cool artifacts at the Milan Museum or items related to the world’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, at the Edison Birthplace and then shop for artifacts of your own at one of the town’s specialty retailers.
1. Crosby’s Antiques
Crosby’s Antiques buys and sells fine, quality antique furniture, pottery, jewelry, dolls, glassware, and more. Proprietor conducts estate sales and appraisals are available. Open Tues-Sat 11 am-4 pm, or by chance.
2. Milan Inn-tiques
Located on Milan’s village square, close to Edison Birthplace museum and the Milan Museum, and just a short drive to area attractions. Milan Inn-tiques is ideal for overnight guests as well as groups and special events. Shop for antiques on the first floor, enjoy the colorful murals in the “Edison Room”, or take a break at the Coffee Station, located in the old canal room of the Inn.
3. Sights & Sounds of Edison
Concentrating in most anything related to inventor Thomas Edison, Sights and Sounds of Edison also carries a general line of antiques, collectibles, and custom-made wood horns for most phonographs. Replacement parts are available for Edison phonographs and other machines. Open year-round.
Continue north to Sandusky, where just outside of Cedar Point Amusement Park you can shop an antique mall filled with unique finds, but mixed with souvenir and gift items.
4. Lake Erie Gifts & Décor
One of Northern Ohio’s largest primitive home décor, country gift shops, and antique mall. Lake Erie Gifts & Décor is open year-round and located just 1/4 mile west of the Cedar Point causeway. Offering decorative style favorites including nautical and beach décor. Find everything from primitive furniture, souvenirs, specialty jams, salsas, soup mixes, candles, and tabletop décor. Check out the newest section, “The Back Room: Antiques, Collectibles, and Curiosities.”
Grab a ferry to Kelleys Island for this fun antiquing find. Treasure Island Day is an annual September island tradition where local businesses hold sidewalk/yard sales and island residents host yard and garage sales. Check it out this fall!
5. The Village Peddler
The Village Peddler offers men’s and women’s fine apparel, jewelry, pottery, gifts, artisan items, antiques, fair trade items, and more. Golf cart and bicycle rentals available. A must see! Open May-Oct, daily at 10 am.