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Antiquing in Amish Country

By Brad Igou


hat makes Lancaster County such a great place to “go antiquing?” One obvious answer would be that this area has a rich history going back hundreds of years to the first settlers in the early 1700’s. Many of us have stuff in our attics that we have forgotten about. Who knows what may be there waiting for an appearance on “Antiques Roadshow?” Did you know that the Adamstown area alone has over 3,000 antiques dealers, and is known as “Antiques Capital, U.S.A.” The many locations stretch out along Route 272, just off Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 286, such as Shupp’s Grove with its themed weekends, in a beautiful location among a grove of trees. Renninger’s Antique Market, another Adamstown original, is known for being the first stop for dealers and buyers when shopping in Adamstown. Every Sunday before the birds get up activity is already starting at Renninger’s Antique Market. Dealer after dealer arrive and begin to set up. You can feel the quiet frenzy of panic as buyers move around trying to view as much as possible. Suddenly you look at your watch and realize the indoor market is about to open ...more fresh merchandise. You enter the indoor market with confidence that you have found the mother lode of Antiques and Collectibles. The Lititz/Brickerville area has long been popular with shoppers, and Brickerville Antiques at Routes 322 and 501, is literally a barn filled with all kinds of antiques and

collectibles at the historic Brickerville House Restaurant. And Paradise wouldn’t live up to its name along Route 30 in Lancaster without some antique stores. Popular with visitors is the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, with 26,000 square feet of merchandise from over 125 dealers --- an antique hunters Paradise indeed!

Most of the antique shops are open on Sundays, making this an excellent weekend activity, whether you stay overnight or just drive in for the day. As the folks at Shupp’s Grove like to say, it’s all about “the thrill of the hunt and the euphoria of the big find!” • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 27

Amish Country News October 2015  

Annual Dining Themed issue, plus many other ways to enjoy Amish Country.