While my husband fished the Hiwassee, the kids and I tootled around town. Miriam suggested we might be interested in the M&M Mars factory. What? This is the family who listened to the hilarious book Candy Freak on our last road trip! We set out immediately. The plant no longer gives public tours, but the free bag of candy and the heavenly chocolate smell was some consolation. It's probably better that the inner workings of a candy factory remain mysterious, anyway! There are tons of small antique shops around Cleveland. This one was a few minutes from our hotel in a pretty residential area.
I found lots of attractive wicker, tole, and bamboo--but nothing fit my budget.
The shop gave me directions to Salvation Army on South Lee Highway. It was small and disorganized, but I found new Gap khakis for Andrew ($1.50) and a periwinkle blue Talbots Kids golf shirt ($1). After naptime, we parked at the Five Points Museum and walked all over downtown. We stopped at this old-fashioned joint, once named Orange Teaco after its signature soft drink.
This $1 frosty malt was made with the original 1938 recipe. A delicious bargain!
The Habitat Homestore was just across and down from the museum.
Ah, memories! It's been a long time since I've been to an old-fashioned junk store like this. The dimly lit brick building had more junk than building materials, though it stocked far more appliances than I expected. You can fill up a bag of clothes for $1, buy fabric by the bolt or ribbons for around $1/roll.
Be prepared, if you haven't been to a junk store before, this one may scare you with its grime. However, my fellow shoppers were cheerful and friendly, even demonstrating how to roll items of clothing so as to fit more in my $1 sack. I lucked out with children's boutique clothing--a few Ance 'K dresses and a yellow linen Eton suit.