Hidden treasures

Photo by Shari Harris
Jennings Country Crafts is housed in one of Gerald Jennings’s creations, and is surrounded by his handiwork.

By Shari Harris


Hidden in the countryside about four and one half miles north of Licking is a treasure trove of items sure to make a seeker of country crafts and décor happy. Jennings Country Crafts is a ten to fifteen minute drive from Licking, and their shop is packed to the rafters with woodcrafts, knickknacks, pillows, some antiques, flower arrangements and artistic combinations to decorate your home.
Gerald Jennings retired from the Walmart Distribution Center last September, but retirement has not equaled rest for Jennings. He builds picnic tables, wishing wells, hutches, benches, decorative outhouses, butchers blocks, buildings, and other wood crafts. His wife Sandy, when not working as the manager at Licking Residential Care Center, makes pillows, quilts, flower arrangements and assembles items artistically for country decorations for your home.

Photo by Shari Harris
Sandy and Gerald Jennings are surrounded by benches, wishing wells, birdhouses, wooden wreaths, knickknacks, Halloween decorations and more in their intriguing shop.
Jennings Country Crafts is open by appointment and intermittently throughout the year, including in the fall before Halloween and before Christmas. They also have booths at some events throughout the year. They are having a special sale on Friday, August 23rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, August 24th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive five miles north on C Highway then make a left on Kofhal Road. It’s another 2.3 miles to Jennings Country Crafts on the left.
When you step inside the doors of their shop, be prepared for a treat. A collection of “101 Dalmations” knickknacks greets you as you enter the door, then if you scan left, a delightful wishing well, one of Gerald’s creations, begins a center aisle filled with benches and décor. Americana, Halloween knickknacks, decorative pillows, signs, and more fill the available space. You may need to circle through the room several times, as each time you look up or down, you notice something you didn’t see before. If you make it through their shop without a bench calling out your name, beware. The workshop beside their main shop is full of, you guessed it, more benches. Check out the scarecrow in the small outhouse sitting just outside the door, for fall décor, it is ideal.
So take a drive in the country this weekend and follow the signs to 18894 Kofhal Road, or give the Jennings a call at 417-260-1034 or 417-260-2783 to make an appointment to come out and see this hidden gem of a store. With the variety of items on display, they should have something for everyone.



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