Holmes County Flea fires up a new attraction

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Located in the courtyard area, Holmes County Forge will feature local and traveling blacksmiths and knife makers who will demonstrate their talents onsite, twice each month.

The birth of spring in Amish Country signifies a much-anticipated happening beyond the return of gorgeous vistas and fresh greenery — the opening of the Berlin-based Holmes County Flea Market, arguably one of the largest markets in the area. And because general manager Penny Miller and her team are never content to remain at a standstill, the start of each spring market season includes an exciting new development or addition.

But this year, Holmes County Flea Market promises to give you more.

“We’re rolling out two awesome new changes at the market,” Miller said. “Holmes County Forge will make its full-season debut this spring, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

This is an opportunity for marketgoers to enjoy real-world demonstrations of how cutting tools are made. “There’s been a huge surge of interest in blade smithing,” Miller said. “People are really embracing this historic method of creating cutting tools.”

Located in the courtyard area, Holmes County Forge 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 Holmes County Forge 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.”

All About Antiques

Remarkably, the 8,100-square-foot Antiques Wing at the market was completely emptied over the winter months, with a 100 percent inventory swap in store for the spring season.

“We’ll also be featuring more product than ever before,” Miller said. “It’s going to be an exciting year.”

The Antiques Wing provides direct access to one-of-a-kind antique finds that pack a historical punch from a number of different eras. “There really is something here for every type of collector,” Miller said. “The Antiques Wing is organized by theme, including mid-century, farmhouse, gas and oil, turn of the century and more.”

Giveaways Galore

“Throughout the year, we have more than $10,000 in prizes up for grabs,” Miller said. “Make a purchase from any of our quality vendors and you will receive a ticket to enter.”

Two special events happen each month as well.

Dine In

Blessings Café hosts hungry shoppers, offering gourmet burgers, French fries, pizza and gelato. 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. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels provides hand-baked pretzels.

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 HolmesFleaMarket.com.