If you are in Columbus, Ohio, German Village is an excellent place to visit. It’s a historic district filled with 19th-century brick homes and buildings. Attractions include Franklin Art Glass Studios, The Book Loft independent bookstore and brewery district. And just outside Schiller Park, a short distance from restaurants and cafes, you will find the Greater Columbus Antique Mall (1045 S. High St., 614-443-7858.)
The mall is a Victorian house with five floors filled with antiques for sale. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, it’s a fantastic (and dog-friendly) place to visit, with seemingly endless displays of nearly anything you might want to collect. Some pieces are displayed on antique furniture (also for sale); with toys, lamps and books on top of desks or costume jewelry spilling out of open drawers. Others are in glass cabinets. Some are unlocked, encouraging customers to open them; others, the helpful staff will unlock if you ask.
You’ll find shelves of glassware, racks of vintage clothes, boxes of paper ephemera and stacks of architectural elements. Alcoves feel like hidden rooms. Stairwells are lined with prints, photographs and advertisements for sale. Antique appliances command attention. Fortunately, they’re usually labeled, or else their purposes might remain mysteries. Need a wallpaper cutter, perm machine or bonnet hair dryer? You can find one here!
Here are just a few of the things you might find.