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‘Country Gathering’ set for Oct. 1

September 19, 2011
LARRY SHIELDS - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

HANOVERTON - Last year 26 vendors attended "A Simple Country Gathering" that was hosted by the Days Gone By primitive and antique shop on state Route 644, outside of Hanoverton.

This year some 29 vendors from three states will set up from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. The fall fest of selling primitive and antique wares will include anything from dolls to bird houses to just about any item you can think of that might have been found in an 1800 to early 1900 household.

Clydine Griffith, who owns Days Gone By with her husband, Ted, and with help from her mother and aunt, said the store and gathering will feature "things you would find in a log home ... or that would look comfortable in a log home."

Many items, like bird houses are handmade at the Days Gone By and replicated items are roughed up and stained with coffee or tea to give them age, Griffith said.

The store has carried old farm implements and does carry garden items.

Days Gone By has been located at13925 state Route 644 for five years and the showroom carries a large inventory of homestead-style handmade items including old butter churns, old crocks, old wood dough bowls, cupboards, wooden bowls and buckets, tin tubs, seasonal decorative items and standard utility items that "people would cook in," Griffith said.

Fact Box

What: "A Simple Country Gathering"

When: Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where: Days gone By, 13925 state Route 644

There are family heirloom curtains, weaves, runners and valances made by a Pennsylvania company.

Griffith said, "It is the last fabric that is loomed in the United States."

Speaking of which, Griffith said, "We honestly try to get as much American-made stuff as possible. We do our own woodwork, dolls, bird houses and seasonal decor ... it's all American made."

She related a story about a tart warmer supplier that furnished American-made goods. "The company started importing them and we switched suppliers."

Days Gone By has a large inventory of lamps, vases and candles including silicon candle bulbs. It carries the Old Century line of paint.

"A Simple Country Gathering" will feature cupcakes from the Sweet Thought Shop in Alliance.

For more information visit or see the company on Facebook.

To get to Days Gone By from the Salem area, take state Route 9 straight through Hanoverton to state Route 644 and turn left. It is about four miles down the road on the right.

Larry Shields can be reached at



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