Antiques & More

Holmes County Flea Market submitted

There really is something in the Antiques Wing for every type of collector. The space is organized by theme, including mid-century, farmhouse, gas and oil, turn of the century and more.

The unstoppable Berlin-based Holmes County Flea Market, arguably one of the largest markets in the area, is stoked and ready for a fresh season of out-of-the-box fall shopping — and more.

General manager Penny Miller chuckled at the use of the word “stoked,” but smilingly admitted it aptly applied. “With the debut of Forge at the Flea, which gives our guests the opportunity to enjoy real-world demonstrations of how cutting tools are made, we’re stoking the fires for a really exciting experience,” Miller said. “There’s been a huge surge of interest in blade smithing. People are really embracing this historic method of creating cutting tools.”

Forge at the Flea

Hosted on select Saturdays throughout the selling season, Forge at the Flea will feature local and traveling blacksmiths and knife makers who will demonstrate their talents onsite, twice each month. “It’s a lost art,” Miller said. “Our own Jesse Miller will participate along with world-class knife makers. You can find details on our website.”

Miller said the inspiration behind Forge at the Flea had as much to do with keeping a lost art alive as it did with keeping male patrons engaged. “A lot of times the guys are stuck sitting on benches waiting while the ladies shop,” she said. “This gives them something a little more interesting to do.”

Relax and Unwind

New to the market is certified reflexologist Holly Jackson, who primarily focuses on making tired feet feel better. She brings that something different to the market.

“Holly uses essential oils to help people relax, unwind and just feel better,” Miller said. “Hers is a Christian-based business model, so guests can enjoy relaxing faith-based music while they enjoy her services.”

Jackson also offers reflexology for hands as well as add-ons like a paraffin wax dip. Walk-ins are welcome, but reserving time on her schedule is best.

All About Antiques

We don’t know how Abe Miller, the shop owner who runs the 8,100-square-foot Antiques Wing at the market does it, but he regularly empties then refills the space with exciting finds. Fresh off a trip out west, Abe and his assistant Marvin delight customers each season with treasures galore has a new crop of goodies in store.

“He’s added larger items, like Amish buggies and furniture,” Penny Miller said. “And if there’s something in particular you’re looking for, he’ll keep you on his list until he finds it for you. There really is something in the Antiques Wing for every type of collector. The space is organized by theme, including mid-century, farmhouse, gas and oil, turn of the century and more.”

Authentic Dining

Blessings Café hosts hungry shoppers, offering gourmet burgers, French fries, pizza and gelato. As of this writing, a limited food menu is available for takeout, but Miller suggested guests check the website for current dining updates. Sisters Tasty Treats provides the after-meal entertainment, with fresh fudge and baked goods. Roster’s Roasters offers pork rinds, bacon puffs, gourmet popcorn and ice cream and the always-excellent Auntie Anne’s Pretzels offer fresh made signature delights.

Holmes County Flea Market is located at 4550 SR 39 in Berlin, one-half mile east of Berlin on the main drag. The market closes on Dec. 19 for the winter. Hours until mid-December are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September and October include Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 330-893-0900, and the web address is