I recently had the opportunity to check out two unique and frugal shopping destinations in Downtown Hartville: The Hartville Tool Exchange, and The Plus Boutique. As a Lake High School graduate (Rock ‘Em Blue Streaks!), I’m always happy to see my hometown busy and thriving with small businesses, so it was fun to visit these shops and chat with their fantastic owners.
The Plus Boutique is a consignment shop and more. They carry gently used clothing for women of all sizes, specializing in plus sizes. They also carry local hand-crafted items, along with antique furniture and unique knick-knacks.
The clothing offered in the Plus Boutique ranges from every-day casual wear to business attire and formalwear. There’s even a rack for “New-with-tags” items, where you can score never-worn items at a deep discount from their store prices. Other “Shoestring” deals can be found with various sales, including a different color tag being on sale each month. There will also be a clearance room opening this month, which should allow you to get some great bargains on end-of-season items.
I really enjoyed browsing the selection of clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry, as well as the other unique antiques and items gathered by owners Tammi and Chi Chi. The store has a fun vibe to it, and it’s worth a stop when you’re in Hartville! It would also be a great place to earn some extra cash by consigning some of your own gently used clothes—my mom cleared out part of her closet a few days after I visited, and she picked up her first consignment check yesterday! The Plus Boutique is located at 111 W. Maple St. in Hartville, right on the square downtown.
The Hartville Tool Exchange is another great frugal destination. Owner Dan McDevitt buys, sells, and consigns quality used tools in his historic building (I remember when it was the old Tessmers’ back in the day!). He has a great collection of used tools that would be perfect for weekend-warrior handymen and home shops.
My husband enjoyed accompanying me on this visit—I needed his Mr. Fix-It expertise, as I admit that this isn’t exactly my strongest area. Dave and owner Dan talked shop about various power tools and hand tools, and my husband remarked afterward that many of the prices were very good, especially for shop items that you might not use that often, but are nice to have on hand for when you do need them. I love that there’s a Downtown Hartville destination for the guys while the girls go treasure hunting in our own places!
I enjoyed looking at some of the cool older tools as well. There were some antique hand saws, and several other older tools that are still in great working order. The phrase “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” applies to many of these items–the high-quality older ones are often in better shape than newer, but more cheaply-made, tools. The Tool Exchange also carries lumber, various hardware items like nuts, bolts, and screws, and a wide variety of shop needs including clamps, extension cords, basic hand tools like hammers, and much, much more!
Dan is offering an exclusive deal for Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring readers. The Dewalt model 925 radial arm saw (pictured above in the largest picture) is in fantastic condition. It makes extremely precise cuts and can rip, angle, miter, and make multiple cuts. It’s regularly priced at $350, but he’ll sell it to you for just $250 if you mention you saw it here. (First come first served, obviously!)
Both The Hartville Tool Exchange and The Plus Boutique can be found on Facebook, and their Facebook pages are a great way to keep tabs on new items, sales and specials, and to check in with the owners.
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Don’t miss Sara’s review of her day at the Hartville Campus (Hartville Marketplace, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Hardware, and Hartville Collectibles), and make plans for a day trip to Hartville soon!
Disclosure: I received gift certificates to these businesses to help facilitate my review, but as always, all opinions are my own!