Best Of 2004

Best Place for Tire Irons and Sausage: Hartville Marketplace

Whether you're in the market for old comic books, fresh produce, used video games, or somebody's old spoon collection, you're sure to find it all at this massive flea market, which has been around in one form or another since 1939. The year-round Marketplace recently opened a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility, where more than 175 shops offer everything from homemade candy to medieval armor. But it's the outdoor area, which draws up to 800 vendors, that is a sight to behold. Aisles and aisles of people's unwanted stuff -- boxes of used nails, toys with missing parts, and furniture that looks as if it's been through at least two wars are not uncommon -- is up for grabs.