A while back, one of my readers asked me to write about my favorite spots in the Hudson Valley to find antiques. It has taken me awhile, (bet you thought I forgot, Rose) but I think I have been able to compile a list of my favorites. Of course, my absolute favorite markets are in France and Italy. But I do need to be able to act on my obsession when I can’t get there, so I need my local places just to get me through.
I frequent a mix of flea markets, antiques stores and what I would call mish-mash, junk-a-tique barns or second hand shops. You will find a hodge podge of very different things at each place, but I hardly ever leave empty handed.
These are generally organized events that occur at regularly scheduled times throughout the season. Since our winters are bad here, the season usually runs from April to October. Each market is different in terms of hours and days of the week. Some even charge admission. Click on the links provided for more specific information. Here are my local favorites.
There are a few stores that I frequent during the off-season, when I can’t go scouring around the markets. These are ones I find reasonably priced and able to score a good deal.
I often find barn, yard or garage sales listed on Craig’s List or in the local newspapers. These are always great for a nice weekend drive, hopping from place to place to see what treasure you might uncover. I have a few spots that are fixtures in the community that carry second hand stuff. These are not for the faint of heart, or those who are germ-phobes. You have to be comfortable around dust and dirt and getting on your hands and knees to dig through boxes. If you learn how to bargain, you can get amazing deals at these places.
We have two reputable auction houses in my area. Just like E-bay, make sure you come early and check over what you are buying. Set a price in your mind and DO NOT go above it. It is easy to get sucked in, caught up in the hype and loose control. If you do, you may win a piece that you love, but you may end up paying through the nose for it, if you are not careful.
And finally, there are some towns in my area that have an abundance of antique shops. These cute villages make great day or weekend trips, and have much on offer to do. Cozy B&B’s, great shopping and Zagat rated cafe’s and restaurants. I have provided a link to websites with information on these towns, but if you would like additional information or are thinking about planning a trip to any of these areas, feel free to contact me with questions or advice.
In addition to my local haunts, I have 2 antiquing trips planned for the 2008 season. In May I am going to the Queen Mother of all antique fairs in Brimfield, Massachusetts (que choirs of angels). Sometime before fall I will be going to Chicago to visit my lil’ sis and will be attending one or two shows out there. Stay tuned, I will of course give you full reports!!
Happy Antiquin’ Y’all !!