Tales From the Road: Antiques Roadtrip

Vintage animal hangers, coat, card-sized fashion print, and perfume bottle

If you have a moment, I’d like to bring you along on my most recent thrifting road trip. It won’t take long, will cost you no more than a bit of your time, and if you live in the Pittsburgh area, will help you uncover a few thrifting destination gems!

To take a little tour of the shops I visited, and to see what I paid for the above vintage finds, jump right in!

Feb. 28 (Sun.)

Departed Pittsburgh around 9 a.m. to arrive at our first of two destinations, Abbey Ann’s in Tallmadge, Ohio. A hop and a skip from Akron, this inconspicuous building of “Furniture, Antiques, and Households” is much bigger on the inside than meets the eye!

A snapshot of part of the entrance room, filled with everything you could ever imagine. This is only one of five rooms, some of which are bigger, others smaller, and each just as brightly colored and filled to the brim!

At Abbey Ann’s, it’s not unusual to go from finding a reasonably priced antique-style wing back couch soaring in unique woodwork, to what I know all of you have on your birthday wishlists – a Tom Jones LP!

I took a moment to find a word of the day in this hardbound version of Webster’s Dictionary – can you say ‘bliss’? We are still at Abbey Ann’s in the furthest room from the entrance. Part of me wishes I could see these items (everything from an aesthetically perched wicker chair to large, blue carpet wall art) once again in their final destinations!

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these, they’re a hoot!

Over a river and maybe through some woods, and we’re at the Medina Antique Mall. If you follow ModLife, you’ll notice that I’ve posted a few of my favorite finds from here in the past –  I just can’t get enough! Here is a glorious snapshot of just one of the 500+ independent vendor spaces in this warehouse of a building.

Would you like to know the total of my above purchases? Faux fur coat ($6), perfume bottle ($4), hangers ($2 each), vintage card ($4) – a grand total of  $16!

If you have any thrifting adventures and treasures of your own, let us know! Send an email to (favfinds@modcloth.com) to be our next Favorite Find feature!


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    Mandy (Modcloth) 03/03/2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Julie these places look awesome, I will definitely be checking these out! 😀

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    Sara 03/03/2010 at 7:22 pm #

    I love those hangers! I’m going to have to take a Midwest thrift shopping road trip.

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    Sharon 03/03/2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Next time you’re up this way in Ohio you have to check out The Hidden Pearl in Cuyahoga Falls! We have so many other great thrift and vintage stores in the Kent/Akron area.

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    jenna 03/04/2010 at 2:56 am #

    the hangers are so funny.

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    EB Fi nds 03/04/2010 at 7:22 am #

    Love the coat! I frequently travel in the Northeast and really appreciate your reccomendations!

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    Richard (ModCloth) 03/04/2010 at 9:58 am #

    Was this the trip you took with your mom??

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    Audrey 03/04/2010 at 11:23 am #

    I had hangers like those when I was kid! Except mine were kitty cats! They are so hilarious! Have you been to Midland Arts and Antiques in Indianapolis? That was one of my favorite spots before I moved.

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    hollie 03/04/2010 at 11:48 am #

    Awesome! I am from the Pittsburgh area and am always looking for great new thrifting adventures. Thanks!

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    Christina 03/05/2010 at 12:12 am #

    It’s not vintage at all… but Banana Republic sold a coat that is almost exactly like that! Perhaps they had some vintage inspiration too. 🙂

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    Vicki Slayter 03/09/2010 at 9:54 am #

    Time for a road trip!

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    VegetarianGirl21 03/11/2010 at 7:12 pm #

    looks like a great shop. just dont like the coats. i dont care if its faux. wearing even faux fur still shows that u think its ok to wear fur, but its not.

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