One of the most interesting Amish stores in Wisconsin that I have ever run across is located in the western part of our state in Ontario. Close enough to Cashton, Westby, Viroqua, and Soldier's Grove, Trail's End is way up on a high ridge and the final destination on a dead end road. As a matter of fact, the first time I discovered this place, I had thought we were driving on private property.
Known to the locals and the Amish of the area as the Amish Walmart, I personally find it to be a mixture between a junk yard, 7 Mile Fair, and vintage and antique lovers paradise. I have never left there empty handed.
There is only one sign directing you to Trail's End, and that sign is somewhat vague without the arrows that we normally see on Amish built signs. As you can see above, the sign is on the opposite side of the road that leads you to Trail's End.
Trail's End is open Friday and Saturday only.
Below are a few tips for visiting Trail's End:
- Bring a flashlight. Depending on the weather and the time of day, the inside of the store can be quite dark.
- Wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on exploring the back area or the large pole shed attached to the store, do not walk around in sandals or flip flops.
- Do not allow children to wander. The back area can be dangerous. There are trailers filled with heavy and rusty items that could easily hurt someone.
- Wear gloves. If you plan on searching for treasures, you will need gloves.
- Don't be afraid to haggle. I've talked the cashier down in price every time I have made a purchase.
- Bring cash or a check. They do not accept credit or debit cards.
- Watch for wandering animals. There are hogs, cows, chicken, and other animals wandering the entire area.
When you walk in the store, you will only be in one part. If you walk to the middle and turn right, there will be a closed door. That door leads you to the attached pole shed where you can still look around. Please be careful in this area. As you can see from the photo above, which was taken in the attached pole shed, there are items like the board with nails sticking out.
Every time we do visit Trail's End, I make a beeline for the shelving to the right when you walk in the doors. I am always able to find vintage blue Mason jars with zinc lids for $3 and under. The ones above were only $2.50. For those that know anything about vintage blue Mason jars, you may be a bit jealous of me right now.
Behind the Trail's End building is where the "junk yard" is. There are definitely some interesting items back there but again, please be careful.
S302 A Little Ridge Road
Ontario, WI 54651
Hours: Friday & Saturday
8 am - 6 pm
Trail's End will also buy and trade.
Above is a photo of some of the items we purchased on our last visit to Trail's End.