Our Main Antique Showroom

Our Main Antique Showroom
Housed in Post Civil War Era Barn

Welcome, Ohio Travelers!

Planning a trip to Ohio Amish country? A stop at our family-owned shop, Spies Farms Antiques, in Dover, Ohio is a must. When you see our two big showrooms of one-of-a-kind antiques, you'll be sure to find special yet affordable treasures that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Your friends will wonder where you found unique, well-made pieces like these for such a good value. Items we frequently have in stock include antique solid wood tables (e.g. harvest, dining, library, etc.), various styles of antique wooden chairs, antique sideboards, dressers and chests of drawers, antique store counters, antique shutters, doors and mirrors, enamelware and other old-time kitchen items, as well as rustic accents such as lanterns, coal buckets and old farming tools. Our family constantly searches throughout Ohio Amish country, selecting and procuring unusual, rare finds – virtual “buried treasures” that have often been tucked away for over a century.

Our main antique shop is housed in our old barn (built in the 1800s) which has been in our family for 4 generations. The post Civil War barn is in its original state, with beams made from hand-hewn logs – it even contains some wooden nails, so the shop itself is something to see. Don’t miss our auxiliary building which holds some of the larger furniture items plus unusual finds like antique rug looms, work benches and cider presses. The newest addition to Spies Farms Antiques is our authentic log cabin, originally built in southern Tuscarawas County, which our family “rescued” and painstakingly moved and rebuilt, log by hand-hewn log, near the main antique showrooms. When you visit, take a peek inside the cabin at the old-style chinking in the log walls, the restored original wooden floors on both the ground floor and the second floor loft, and the working stone fireplace that we rebuilt by hand with stones from local farm fields.

Getting to Spies Farms Antiques is easy – we’re located at 2694 State Route 39, about 1 mile west of the Interstate 77 Dover exit, heading towards the heart of Ohio Amish country e.g. Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Berlin and Millersburg. (Note: Ohio is home to the largest Amish/Mennonite population in the entire world). Our hours are: March - September and November: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8:00 - 5:30, and by appointment. October: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 - 5:30.  December - February, open as weather permits.

Many of our customers seem to think we’re worth a repeat visit – we regularly have visitors to Spies Farms Antiques from across the nation, all the way from Washington State to Florida to Texas and everywhere in between – plus Canada, so we think they must appreciate both our wide selection of antiques as well as the friendly conversation and our “insider” advice on local attractions.  Especially in these times of high gas prices, we know you want to make your trip to Ohio Amish country as memorable and worthwhile as possible, so check this site often; we'll be offering our suggestions for other interesting places and events in the local area, plus updates from the antique shop.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Getting Back to our Roots - it's the Ohio Swiss Festival!

In Sugarcreek, Ohio, just about 8 miles up the road from Spies Farms Antiques, the Swiss Festival is held each year just 4 weeks after Labor Day.  So this year that means it's being held on September 26-27.  Being of Swiss heritage on the maternal side, we have a long-standing tradition of attending this traditional celebration -- in fact, a certain Spies couple met at the Swiss festival many years ago and it resulted in a marriage that has lasted over 50 years (and still counting!) Although we can't guarantee a romance like that if you go to the festival, we'll bet that you'll enjoy rare festivities such as the Swiss Miss contest, SteinStossen (stone tossing -- not small pebbles either!), alpine horn playing and an old-fashioned parade with colorful floats.  On your way back from the festival, be sure to stop by and tell us your favorite part.  We'll be waiting here at the shop, ready to show you our latest finds from Amish country.  Have fun!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our County Fair is Here! Time for Prize-winning Fun

Our local County Fair (Tuscarawas County) is coming to town next week, here in Dover, Ohio (from Monday, September 15th through Sunday, September 21st). Every year it still delivers a feeling of excitement and nostalgia, with the booths all decked out, the produce and preserves awaiting their blue and red prize ribbons, and of course the rollicking rides, games of skill, sugary sweet treats and hot fried snacks.  What more can you ask?  It tugs at the country kid in all of us. While you're in town, after enjoying the exhibits, livestock barns and grandstand shows, be sure to stop by Spies Farms Antiques to say hello and browse around.  Even if you didn't enter or win something at the fair, you can still take home a "prize" that you'll cherish for years to come -- and we have quite a few items that don't cost more than the price of the grandstand shows, so there is something in every price range.  Happy Autumn!  We'll see you at the shop.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September Means Back to School - and a Special Offer

No matter how long it has been since you were a student, somehow each of us can't help get a bit nostalgic when September comes.  It's a time for shiny new pencils, chilly mornings and the yellow-orange school bus coming down the road.  Here at the shop, school is top of mind as people come in looking for furniture items for their college kids.  While there are inexpensive alternatives on the market, wouldn't you rather send them off with furniture that is solid wood rather than particle board or plastic?  With our affordable prices and selection, you're sure to find what you need at a fair price.  And chances are the kids will be able to use their furniture long after school is done (maybe even long enough to send their own kids off to school with it someday!)  As we all know, it's best for the environment to reuse or recycle items of quality versus throwing away poorly made new items after a short year or two, so you can feel good about your purchases.  To make it even easier on your budget, we're offering 10% off all items in the shop to all families sending students off to school.  We hope to see you here in Dover soon.