Known for its natural beauty, the Spring River in north Arkansas is a fantastic place to spend a fall weekend, with canoeing, fishing and camping options galore. But if you’re in the mood for a fun day trip off the water, check out the offerings in Hardy, where antiques and crafts abound on Main Street, and there are plenty of unexpected options to choose from.
To take home a unique piece of Hardy, stop in Flat Creek Dulcimer Shop, where you can browse locally made dulcimers and enjoy the traditional music. Miller’s Leather Shop also offers many local items, including belts, wallets and even holsters. And you’ll definitely want to check out the Razorback-themed goodies at the Red Hog Shop.
Antiques, however, are the town’s main attraction. Shops and malls line the street, and you can find anything from fine crystal to mid-century kitchenwares to toys from the 1980s. Starks Antiques has a great selection of beautiful glassware, linens and furnishings. For china and vintage jewelry and purses, as well as reproduction fabric from the 1940s and cute note cards and books, Tall Cotton is a must-stop, and Memory Lane is the place to go for the true antique mall experience, with two floors of booths to explore. At Hardy Furniture and Antiques, the outdoor area is literally filled with 1950s lawn furniture that’s just waiting for a colorful paint job, and curiosities like an old horse-drawn buggy.