Find handmade merchandise by local seniors including darling outfits for 18-inch dolls
If not, don’t fret. Local grandmothers and grandfathers aren’t in short supply. Some, in fact, are carving walking sticks and patterning quilts right now to sell at the Golden Hobby Gift Shop in German Village.
The non-profit consignment store offers merchandise handcrafted by folks over the age of 50 and living in Ohio. It’s staffed by volunteers, too, so prices are low.
The shop, operated by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, occupies two stories in a 150-year-old building that previously housed the Third Street School. It’s been going strong since it was founded in 1971.
I recently paid a visit with my children, who’ve never known a grandmother. We browsed through rooms brimming with carefully crafted pottery, necklaces, wreaths, cutting boards and aprons.
But the Children’s Room on the second floor had them hooked upon entry. They found perfectly paired Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, miniature furniture, wooden trains and a rack crammed with fashions for 18-inch dolls.
Because of trademarking, the shop can’t say they’re targeting these fashions to owners of American Girl dolls. But I can, and it’s a must-stop for those wanting to save money while investing in the work of local seniors.
The Golden Hobby Gift Shop is located at 630 S. Third St., German Village. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 614-645-8329 or visit www.columbus.gov/GoldenHobbyGiftShop.