Thrift & Treats in Pulaski County – 2-Day Itinerary
Thrift, Explore, & Nosh Your Way Through Our Ozark Mountain Landscape
Thrifting and antiques are worth traveling for! Add flea markets, gift shops, and sweet treats into the mix and you have the recipe for a memorable weekend experience! Our 2-day Shopping itinerary is a useful guide full of helpful suggestions to plan your Pulaski County shopping adventure! Add in a bin store or two and you will need to plan 3 or 4 days!
Treasures can be found around every bend of our Thrift & Treats 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 two days to antique, explore, and nosh your way through our Thrift & Treats 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 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 Jackie’s Snackette to savor along the way!
Triple Creek Antiques is a welcoming antique store full of needful things. TCA also specializes in primitives. Penaroyal Antiques & Collectibles, recently relocated to Crocker, just across the street from the Caboose. They continuously bring in new items discovered at estate sales and auctions.
Before continuing west on Highway 133 dip south on Highway 17 to Bear Ridge Antiques 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!
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 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
Die-cast collectible fans must treat themselves at Final Stop Die-cast Collectibles & More FSDCCM specializes in Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Green Light, M2, and Ertl products. This store is guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone! Right next door you will discover great finds in Final Stop Antiques & Collectables, featuring unique home decor items.
Just down the street from Final Stop is Sanctuary Quilts and Coffee 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. And don’t forget to swing by You Name It Resale for some amazing deals!
A trip to Richland would not be complete without exploring H.E. Warren Store . 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 Brewery.
International dining options in Saint Robert include Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Hibachi, and Mama Mia Authentic Mediterranean. The Hub Restaurant & Lounge 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).
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 Saint Robert, or Waynesville. Or dive into a classic diner breakfast at Route 66 Diner or Flo’s 66 Diner.
Let the browsing begin at Purrfect Treasures Thrift Shop. 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 20,000+ square foot reseller’s dream. They donate a portion of their revenue to sponsor children with Autism and are working to open a musical Birthday closet for autistic children. Or browse the beautiful boutique items at Endlessly Blessed Boutique. Comic Hoarderz is worth a visit too. If you are here on Saturday, make time to stop by The Swap Meet on Route 66, you are bound to find a deal, or two!
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 thrifting and antique itinerary throughout Day Two of your trip.
Route 66: America’s Mother Road
Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store is a must-stop on Route 66. The complex is a nod to the tourist traps along the highway during its heyday. Shop for fresh fudge, nostalgic candy, and novelties. Peruse strange oddities and circus memorabilia at the Sideshow Museum. Roam the grounds for hilarious selfie opportunities!
Hop over to Hoppers Pub 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. If you happened to bring a cooler stock up on European sausages, cheeses, and chocolates from Ursula’s on-site deli.
Lost in the Woods Antiques & Collectibles 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, (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, an all-occasion gift basket store, Eclectic Originals, and Westside Boutique.
An art gallery featuring works by artists from eight different states stands out just east of the Roubidoux Bridge. Curator Jackie Welborn opened Route 66 Community Art Gallery 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. Loaf bread and mulling spices are also available.
Feel-Good Shopping & Comfort Food
For more feel-good thrift shopping stop at Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Thrift Store. Proceeds from the thrift store aid victims of domestic violence.
Close out your afternoon at The Black Barn Boutique and Gascozark Flea Market. 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. Other local favorites include Route 66 Taco & Wing Company and Z Loft Bar & Grill.
Extend Your Stay By Hitting the Bins!
Make Pulaski County your home base to visit numerous bin stores within a one-hour radius! Head west on day 3 and find your deals, come back to St. Robert for the night, then head east for the 4th day of shopping delight!