Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Antiques & Amish When You Travel Ohio Amish Country

When some people decide to travel to Ohio Amish Country they plan on visiting Amish places and antique shops but there is one place to do both, Hershberger Antique Mall.  It is located on State Route 557 just south of Charm, Ohio.  There is one thing to note when planning an antique adventure:  Some "antique malls" sell collectibles and not authentic antiques.  Hershberger Antique Mall sells authentic antiques and some of them are 75-100 years old.  Ben Hershberger, a local Amish man, broke the stereotype that Amish only farm for a living when he started his antique mall several years ago.  Antique furniture was something that really caught his eye.  The old pieces had beautiful dovetailing and intricate details and that is a big part of his business.  In addition to furniture you will find lamps, clocks, Carnival Glass, and more.  There are 3 buildings on the property, one of which is a bargain building with items in need of repair or refinishing.  It is quite common to see a customer in the store trying to sell their antiques to Ben.  Hershberger likes to focus on unique and unusual pieces that you don't just find anywhere.  In his years of retail business Ben Hershberger has learned the importance of customer service and can help you find just what you are looking for.  Unlike most Amish businesses that close at 5 p.m., this antique mall stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday but they are closed on Sunday.  While you are in the area you will want to visit downtown Millersburg, Walnut Creek, and Berlin for more antique shopping.  If you travel the township roads near Hershberger Antique Mall you will find Amish-owned businesses such as candle makers, furniture builders, leather belts, brooms, and more.  The next time you travel to Ohio Amish Country stop in and see Ben Hershberger.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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