Thrift & Treat in Pulaski County – 2-Day Itinerary
Thrift, Explore, & Nosh Your Way Through Our Ozark Mountain Landscape
Antiques are worth traveling for! Add flea markets, thrift stores, gift shops, and sweet treats into the mix and you have the recipe for a memorable weekend experience! Our 2-day Thrifting itinerary is a useful guide full of helpful suggestions to plan your Pulaski County thrifting adventure!
Treasures can be found around every bend of our Thrifting & Sweet Trail! Unique experiences, community art, mouthwatering meals, fascinating history, and amazing views are plentiful along the trail. The trail meanders along Pulaski County’s country backroads to uncrowded, Ozark Mountain small towns with quirky charm.
Wile away the day wandering into our storefronts. Poke through every corner of our antique stores. Discover colorful murals. Browse an art gallery. Shop at unique boutiques. Soak up Waynesville’s unique history as you stroll the Square. Lose yourself in the nostalgic Americana that defines Route 66. Indulge your taste buds at our Mom & Pop restaurants. Indulge your sweet tooth at our coffee shops, cupcakerys, and creameries.
A Memorable Weekend Experience!
You will need a full weekend to antique, explore, and nosh your way through our Thrifting & Sweet Trail. Clean and comfortable lodging options are clustered in Saint Robert. Airbnbs and rustic Ozarks resorts dot the countryside throughout Pulaski County. Consider three overnights while planning. We recommend traveling to Pulaski County Thursday evening and departing on Sunday morning.
Our suggested two-day itinerary will inspire your travel plans. This is not a complete list of everything to discover in Pulaski County. Make your weekend plans perfect for you by customizing your antiquing adventure exploring Pulaski County. Visit our shopping page to learn more about Pulaski County merchants and to discover group crafting events that you can weave into your itinerary. Our merchants and restaurateurs are flexible. Their hours may change. It pays to call ahead to confirm hours for the locations that interest you most.
Journey along the tracks of the former Frisco Railroad. Two-lane Highway 133 twists though gentle rolling hills of rural, agricultural landscape. It connects the country towns of Dixon, Crocker, and Richland. All these communities, and the “ghost towns” you will stumble across along your route, sprang to life in 1869 as the railroad laid its path across northern Pulaski County.
Dixon & Crocker: Railroad Boomtowns
Rummage through Whatever Antiques and Collectibles (215 West 2nd Street, Dixon, 573-528-5267). This store is stuffed with tchotchkes, retro furniture, housewares and more. Chat up owners Wanda, Harry, and Aunt Flo during your visit!
Thrift shop aficionados will want to add Dixon Area Caring Center Thrift Shop (206 South Elm Street, Dixon, 573-759-3023) to their tour. Yard-sale type pricing makes shopping here even more enticing. Your purchases here also give back to the less fortunate in the Dixon area.
Before leaving Dixon to travel to Crocker grab an old-fashioned Cherry Malt at Johnson’s Snackette (711 West 5th Street, Dixon, 573-759-7710) to savor along the way!
Triple Creek Antiques (616 North Commercial Street, Crocker, 573-480-9855) is a welcoming antique store full of needful things. TCA also specializes in primitives.
“Love this place! Charming little store that has all the little extras that you drive outta your way for! Great smelling candles and lots of antiques! And they give you a cup of coffee while you’re walking around!”Steve S. via Google
Before continuing west on Highway 133 dip south on Highway 17 to Bear Ridge Antiques (17984 Highway 17 North, Crocker, 573-736-5858). This beautifully staged antique mall is home to 65 dealers. Treasures overflow in vendor booths that are frequently updated, clean, and inviting. Be sure to forage through the outdoor storage compartments. Many of them have been set up as booths. Tell Dee we sent you!
“This place is fantastic. A must-stop for tourists and locals alike. I stop in about once a month and always find something cool. Nothing is overpriced, and you could spend hours in there before you’ve seen everything. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is great.”Samantha S. via Yelp
Richland: Entrepreneurs Since 1869
After leaving Bear Ridge backtrack north to Highway 133 West and continue to Richland. Grab a quick bite at The Burger Stand (101 West Pulaski Street, Richland, 573-765-3028). Try the Mr. Neal Burger! This local favorite is a bacon cheeseburger with double bacon and cheese, topped with jalapenos and a fried egg. TBS does not have indoor seating so be prepared to dine at one of their shaded picnic tables. Those with an eye for vintage signs will recognize The Burger Stand’s sign as a rare “Curly The Clown” Dairy Queen sign dating to the mid-1950s
“Just tried their burgers for the first time. Lady said they had the best burgers around and she wasn’t kidding. She steered me through the many choices on the menu and I settled for the Mr. Neal. It was excellent!!!”PJ P. via Google
Next up is Penaroyal Antiques & Collectibles (201 South Walnut Street, Richland, 573-855-3259) operated by Penny and Roy Peterson. Housed side-by-side in an old Victorian home and a charming bungalow PA&C offers gifts, primitives, & antiques. You will find miniatures, furniture, and everything in between at Penaroyal.
Die-cast collectible fans must treat themselves at Final Stop Die-cast Collectibles & More (231 South Pine Street, Richland, 573-855-4828). FSDCCM specializes in Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Green Light, M2, and Ertl products. This store is guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone! Take a sometime to stop in next door at The Little Grey Room Boutique (219 South Pine Street, Richland, 573-889-8163)
Just across the street from The Little Grey Room Boutique is Sanctuary Quilts and Coffee (111 South Pine, Richland, 573-855-8300). Housed in the architecturally blessed former Methodist Church, SC&Q has made a name for themselves with an abundant selection of fantastic coffee and an impressive quilting room.
A trip to Richland would not be complete without exploring H.E. Warren Store (Pine & McClurg, Richland, 573-765-3381). Founded by Captain Henry Ernest Warren in 1869, Richland’s oldest business is still owned and operated by the Warren family 150+ years later.
Missouri Wines & International Flavors
Round out your day by sampling award-winning craft beers that celebrate life in the Ozarks at Piney River Taproom (326 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville, 573-432-2739).
International dining options in Saint Robert include Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Hibachi (240 Marshall Drive, Suite 8, Saint Robert, 573-336-5036),and Mama Mia Authentic Mediterranean (101 Comfort Inn Boulevard, Saint Robert, 573-336-1200). The Hub Restaurant & Lounge (777 VFW Memorial Drive, Saint Robert, 573-336-9990) has been dishing out delicious German fare since 1971.
For a full listing of our great dining options visit our Dining page.
For a full listing of merchants and crafting opportunities visit our Shopping page.
Today’s suggested itinerary guides you to locations on and near the most nostalgic highway in America- Route 66! The famous Mother Road was commissioned in 1926. It incorporated former Missouri Highway 14 which was the main east-west road in Pulaski County at the time. We recommend grabbing a copy of the Historic Driving Tours and the Waynesville Walking Tour brochures to accompany you. They are both available, free of charge, at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Boulevard, Suite A, Saint Robert, 573-336-6355).
St. Robert, a Perfect Stop For The Night
After a refreshing night’s sleep at one of Pulaski County’s clean, comfortable lodging options begin your day by grabbing a handmade premium donut from Master Donuts (115 Gateway Circle, Saint Robert, 573-336-3368 or 320 Ichord, Waynesville, 573-433-2454.) Or dive into a classic diner breakfast at Route 66 Diner (126 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert, 573-336-8989).
Let the browsing begin at Purrfect Treasures Thrift Shop (996 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert, 573-842-9182). Shopping here will make you feel warm and fuzzy- all proceeds benefit Kitten Division Adoption Center (and their sister organization Puppy Division) in supporting the cats and dogs in their care. Find it all at New Look Consignment Shop (743 Missouri Ave, St Robert, 573-336-1211), or browse the beautiful boutique items at Endlessly Blessed Boutique (690 Missouri Ave, St Robert, 573-336-2263).
Follow Missouri Avenue to its junction with Interstate 44 and head east to Exit 169/J Highway. This is the beginning of the Route 66 self-guided tour through Pulaski County. The brochure will be your roadmap for your antiquing-itinerary throughout Day Two of your trip.
Route 66: America’s Mother Road
Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store (14400 Highway Z, Saint Robert, 573-336-8758) Those who appreciate a bawdy sense of humor enthusiastically describe Uranus as a must-stop on Route 66. Owned by over-the-top Route 66 personality Louie Keen, the stop is a nod to the tourist traps along the highway during its heyday. Shop for fresh fudge, nostalgic candy, and novelties. Indulge in a funnel cake from Moonicorn Creamery & Funnel Cakery. Peruse strange oddities and circus memorabilia at the Sideshow Museum.
Hop over to Hoppers Pub (318 Historic 66 East, Waynesville, 573-774-0135) for lunch! Their menu is packed with pub grub favorites and 66 beers on tap. Or, have a taste of Bavaria at Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus (311 North Street, Waynesville, 573-774-8422). If you happened to bring a cooler stock up on European sausages, cheeses, and chocolates from Ursula’s on-site deli.
“My lunch was comprised of Goulash and authentic German cold cuts, cheese, salad just like you find either in Frankfurt a.m. or Stuttgart. The owner and her son were very outgoing and helpful. We drove 200 miles to have lunch here, it was perfect. Going to go back soon.”David W. via Facebook
Lost in the Woods Antiques & Collectibles (218B Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville, 573-433-2855) is veteran-owned and features uptown antiques in downtown Waynesville! 1950s music plays on their Wurlitzer and free hot coffee is provided for you while you browse. Vintage vinyl junkies know to stop at Lost in the Woods Antiques & Collectibles!
Downtown Waynesville: Cozy & Cordial
While in downtown Waynesville explore the 1903 Courthouse Museum (On the Square, Waynesville, limited hours, April-September) and the Old Stagecoach Stop (105 North Lynn Street, Waynesville, limited hours, April-September). Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operate small gift shops on site. Be sure to pop into Just Because (Roubidoux Plaza, on the Square, Waynesville, 573-774-4995), an all-occasion gift basket store, Eclectic Originals (225 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville, 573-337-2494) and Westside Boutique (400 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville, 573-774-3100).
“This boutique is a real charmer! Ms. Cheryl keeps the shop well-stocked with products made in Missouri and has a nice selection of items (including jewelry) made by local artisans. Go to Eclectic Originals! You won’t be disappointed!”Laura H. via Google
An art gallery featuring works by artists from eight different states might seem out of place in most small towns. However, that is certainly not the case when America’s Mother Road brings travelers from around the globe to your front door, as it does in Waynesville. Curator Jackie Welborn opened Route 66 Community Art Gallery (107B Historic 66 East, Waynesville, 573-528-1282) in 2017. The gallery now features works by over 25 different artists and is considered a “must-stop” by many Route 66 enthusiasts.
For an afternoon pick-me-up feed your dragon with coffee and muffins or pies at Drachenfutter (307 Historic Route 66 West, Waynesville, 573-232-1402). Loaf bread and mulling spices are also available.
“What a great place! The last time I had a coffee this delicious was at a coffee shop in Taos, NM. I love coffees with cayenne, and their Dragon’s Breath coffee does not disappoint. The cozy atmosphere of Drachenfutter and their delicious brew is going to make me a regular customer.Anastasia P. via Facebook
Feel-Good Shopping & Comfort Food
For more feel-good thrift shopping stop at Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Thrift Store (1809 Historic Highway 66 West, Waynesville, 573-774-5113). Proceeds from the thrift store aid victims of domestic violence.
Close out your afternoon at The Black Barn Boutique (26062 Highway 17/Route 66, Richland) and Gascozark Flea Market (30570 Highway AB, Richland, 573-433-0284). Don’t let the Richland addresses confuse you. Both flea markets are on Historic Route 66. Your self-guided driving tour brochure will lead you to them.
At the junction of Highway AB and Interstate 44 head east to Saint Robert for dinner. For a taste of the Ozarks try Sweetwater B-B-Q (14076 Highway Z, Saint Robert, 573-336-8830). Other local favorites include Route 66 Taco & Wing Company (946 Missouri Avenue, Suite 1, Saint Robert, 573-232-1399) and Z Loft Bar & Grill (127 Vickie Lynn Lane, Saint Robert, 573-336-7828).