Find treasure in someone else’s trash at Norwalk’s Great American Treasure Hunt

For those folks who have been watching nonstop episodes of “Antique Roadshow,” “Storage Wars” and “American Pickers,” and thus are now on a mission to turn a discarded piece of junk into a six-figure score, your next opportunity is Norwalk’s Great American Treasure Hunt.
John Benson
May 21, 2013

“The Treasure Hunt is the area’s largest street sale,” said Main Street Norwalk Program Manager Kristie Wert. “We have vendors who set up on East Main Street in our uptown historic district. They have everything from antiques to artwork. People bring up their garage sale items too.”

Want to go?
: Norwalk’s Great American Treasure Hunt
WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 25
WHERE: Main St., Downtown Norwalk
COST: Free
INFO: The event's Facebook page

What began five years ago with a couple of sellers has grown into a massive affair with 60 to 70 vendors from all over Northwest Ohio. Attendance has grown to roughly 2,000 treasure hunters.

“You never know what people are going to find,” Wert said. “I’ve got pictures of people walking down the street with vacuum cleaners, old antiques and even old toys. I know there was a college student last year who found a Power Ranger toy he had when he was little. I think it’s one of those fun events because you never know what’s going to be here.”

What originally was a flea market type of affair has grown into a family event with various kids activities taking place. North Central EMS will be offering a bike safety course where kids are encouraged to bring their own two-wheelers, and receive a certificate after completing the course. Also, Fisher-Titus Medical Center is doing bike helmet fittings where kids receive free helmets. Western-Southern Life Insurance will be offering child ID kits for free. In addition, the VFW will be bringing their Buddy Poppy Program, which honors veterans.

“We continue to grow,” Wert said. “Currently it takes up East Main Street from our Central business district to Woodlawn Avenue. It really brings a lot of people to Norwalk.”

When asked if the aforementioned television shows have added to the allure of Norwalk’s Great American Treasure Hunt, Wert points to social media’s impact.

“I think Facebook has been a huge contributor to that,” Wert said. “Also word of mouth. We get lots of compliments from our vendors on how organized and smooth it is to get in and set up and get out. People love it. It’s such a different event. You never know what you’re going to find. You’ll definitely find something you’d like to have or feel you need. And it’s just a fun way to kick off the summer.”

For more information on Norwalk’s Great American Treasure Hunt, visit the event's Facebook page.