Go here: Bertha’s Gallery
Are you in the market for a hot-pink bike with a banana-seat? A 1930s tea set? Or, you know, a Christmas cactus? Turns out you can find all these things in one place, just outside of Cleveland proper.
Nestled into a Kirtland-area strip mall (of all places!) at the corner of Routes 306 and 6, Bertha’s Gallery teems with some pretty fab finds.
Don’t let the teeny, exburban facade fool you. It’s a sizable shop: Bertha’s nine designer showrooms cover more than 12,000 square feet. Each space is decked out as a slightly cluttered, if not thoughtfully laid-out, room you might find in a friend’s cute lil’ house. Wander from room to room to find home furnishings (antique and new), art, lamps, stained glass, vintage wares and collectibles o’plenty.
Because Bertha hocks antique goodies and new, her selection — like any vintage shop worth its salt — is ever-changing and, often, pleasantly surprising. My last trip: I snagged a black vintage embroidered dress and a stack of children’s books. Lots of fanciful finds, sans the fancy-pants prices.
Who’s to say I won’t be back for that banana seat?
Speaking of unmiserable prices: Bertha’s runs some crazy Friday and Monday sales each month, which — rumor has it — get seriously mobbed. Ever feel like you’re missing something?
You should also take note of Bertha’s Gallery monthly public auctions on jewelry and antiques. Next dates are Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. Check out the Bertha’s Gallery auction pages for more details.
Ready to visit?
Find Bertha’s Gallery at 10609 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, Ohio (440-256-2580). It’s at the intersection of Route 306 and Route 6. She’s open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and closed on Monday. Visit the Bertha’s Gallery website for more information.