A weekend trip for antiquing in New York will provide you with a treasure trove of antique stores.
You never know what you’ll find in upstate New York, with a range of styles and price points.
Online auctions and resale sites are always an option. But that’s about as exciting as buying something on Amazon, without the easy return option. And visiting a physical store is more of an experience.
The Hudson Valley is an abundance of antiques. You’ll find everything from cast iron pans and coffee pots to Shaker chairs and vintage tablecloths for sale. The region’s local shops have everything you need, whether it’s a dining room table, a bed frame, or a record player.
Many hidden gems are just a short walk from the Beacon and Hudson Amtrak rail stations. So antiques aficionados don’t need a car, though it would certainly help get your finds home more easily!
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New York’s Antiques Hotspots
NY is a gold mine for antique shops, offering a diverse range of items from vintage jewelry to exquisite furniture. Whether you’re a casual collector or a seasoned treasure hunter, the state has you covered. Shops that attract bargain hunters and antiques enthusiasts alike cluster in hotspots in upstate NY.
Get ready to explore these regions, each boasting its unique charm and atmosphere. With a wide selection of items to choose from, you’re sure to find something.
The center of New York State, the Hudson Valley is a haven for lovers of the antiquated. This picturesque region is home to a vast array of antique stores, from quaint village shops to bustling antique centers. If you’re searching for vintage toys, architectural salvage, or an exquisite collection of furniture, the Hudson Valley is the place to be.
Some of the most popular shops in the Hudson Valley cluster in a few major towns:
Head to the gaggle of Warren Street antique shops on Hudson, New York’s main street. While you’re there, poke your head into other local shops, plus an art gallery or two. Or explore some of the more unique spots in this center of Columbia County, like:
Cottage Treasures, located away from Warren Street, is a 40,000-square-foot shop that caters to home goods shoppers at all price points. You’ll have a great time sorting through the 3,000-plus items dating from the 1500s to the 1950s, whether you want to decorate a cottage or a castle.
A hybrid shop, Finch, embodies the Hudson aesthetic in the eyes of owner Andrew Arrick. Finch offers covetable collector furniture and modern decorations in an experiential shopping environment. Their focus is on quality merchandise and a modern, timeless feel. The vintage and modern furniture shop, designed by Arrick and Hofemann, has been a fixture in Hudson’s scene for eight years. The concept store, housed in a former police station, offers art, beauty, clothing, and even a barbershop.
Red Chair on Warren
Red Chair on Warren is a Warren Street shop that specializes in:
- And 19th-century collectibles
From Scandinavia and France. Swedish, Belgian, and French antiques dominate the shop, with treasures in gray, blue, and white hues. Owner Jocelyn Sinauer travels to France frequently to hand-pick items. Red Chair on Warren is a must-see for interior design inspiration and a fixture on Hudson’s antique scene. The shop is housed in an 1800s whaling house, and Sinauer fills it with swoon-worthy tableware and collectibles. The garden out back is furnished with rustic outdoor furniture and large planters.
Saugerties Antiques Center
Saugerties, a charming town 30 minutes from Hudson, has a deep history in antiques trading. The Saugerties Antiques Center, owned by Dan Seldin, has been open since 1981. This antique center offers a variety of items, including vintage ’70s sundresses and Tiffany silver. The center, located on Main Street, hosts high-end decorative items and unique furniture throughout its two floors. Visitors can often find rare items like Louis Vuitton luggage cases or four-poster bed frames. The town’s charm and history make it a must-visit destination for unique and high-end items.
The county seat of Ulster County is enjoying a resurgence in interest. The Dutch colonial influence of its downtown bleeds into the charm of its Roundout waterfront. There’s plenty more to intrigue than antiquing. But it certainly helps.
Milne’s At Home Antiques
Milne is a one-of-a-kind antique and design shop that sells a wide variety of items. Typical appearances include rustic industrial antiques, custom fabrications, and modern pieces. The shop, located just blocks from the waterfront, also functions as a design firm. It collaborates with clients to create their dream homes, some of whom just happened to walk in one day. If you have a specific item in mind, Milne’s can locate it for you.
Zaborski Emporium is a multi-floored warehouse with:
- Vintage lighting
- Farmhouse sinks and kitchen fixtures
- Antique plumbing parts
- And hardware
It’s perfect for home renovations or restorations. Despite its appearance, the architectural salvage store offers hard-to-find furnishings at affordable prices. The antique warehouse-style space is an ideal destination for unique finds.
Outdated, a lovely coffee shop decorated with antiques for sale, is a part of Kingston’s growing foodie and art scene. While you’re browsing, try one of their delectable cookies or sit and enjoy their vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch options.
Antiques Barn at Water Street Market
The Antiques Barn is located in the Water Street Market shopping complex of New Paltz. The Antiques Barn offers a fun assortment of jewelry, glass, furniture, and pottery. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced collector or a weekend shopper looking for a few trinkets to adorn your mantle. You’ll enjoy a stroll through the charming red barn of this antique center.
New Paltz is only about a 20-minute drive from Kingston, FYI. And it’s worth a day trip. Or four.
This little town has quickly become a personal favorite on the list of Hudson Valley day trip destinations. A hike up Breakneck Ridge followed by a visit to the Main Street antique shops makes for a fantastic day.
Cold Spring Antiques Center
Around 20 vendors sell their wares at the storefront, resulting in a diverse and eclectic collection. Each dealer of the antique center specializes in something different, whether it’s:
- Vinyl records
- Vintage clothing
- Or sports memorabilia
So you know you’re getting the best of the best.
If you enjoy vintage items but dislike the hunt, this is the vintage store for you. Judiann Romanello, founder and curator, opened DamnAged after a decade in visual merchandising. So you can trust her taste. The selection of vintage clothing is high quality, stylish, and often high fashion. So don’t be surprised if you spend a pretty penny on enviable fashion sense.
And now, some personal favorites outside of the above hot spots. They’re worth a detour or pitstop on the way to Saratoga Springs, or whatever your final destination.
Hyde Park Antiques Center | Hyde Park
Hyde Park Antiques Center has been a tourist and local favorite for over 15 years. It showcases a hub of Hudson Valley history with over 50 dealers and a 9,500 sq ft space. The main building dates from the late 1700s and is set behind a lovely pond. It was originally a stage stop between NYC and Albany. The building also served as President Roosevelt’s secret service headquarters in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, Hyde Park Antiques Center offers a changing selection of items that represent the history of the Hudson Valley and beyond. Vintage bureaus, armchairs, sconces, clocks, and dishware are on display at the center.
Rhinebeck Antiques Emporium | Rhinebeck
The largest Hudson Valley antiques and auction venue, Rhinebeck Antique Emporium, is famous for its high-end finds. It is a favorite among interior decorators and designers. They provide appraisals, decorating services, and ship items to make shopping more convenient. Rhinebeck Antiques Emporium is a Route 9 mainstay, offering:
- And mass liquidations
Plus, a repair team is on site that can restore inherited antiques and heirlooms to their original value.
Newburgh Vintage Emporium | Newburgh
Newburgh Vintage Emporium is an empire in the antiques industry with over 50,000 square feet. It has two locations that are only seven minutes apart. The second location is called Newburgh Vintage Warehouse. They’re open six days a week, and include shopping options from over 125 vintage and antique vendors. So plan on spending a few hours wandering from section to section if you go.
Talented designers and experts like:
- Bachman Brown
- Michael Tavano
- Mikel Welch
- And Toma Clark Haines
Frequent the above shops, seeking inspiration for their projects.
So why not follow in their footsteps and explore the curated collections of Hudson Valley’s antique shops?
Upstate New York
For those looking to embark on a road trip adventure, Upstate NY offers a plethora of antique destinations. With 15 recommended stops, you’ll encounter a variety of items, including vintage toys and jewelry. Autumn is the ideal season to visit, as the foliage adds a vibrant backdrop to your shopping experience.
One Potato Two
While exploring Finger Lakes waterfalls and wineries, perhaps perusing wares for a new decor piece or two may be in order?
This 7,000-square-foot mall in the Finger Lakes region features specialty antiques from more than 60 dealers. Customers rave about the selection and helpful staff at One Potato Two. Photos, art, bottles, “tramp art,” chests, dolls, copperware, and furniture are just a few of the items for sale. A road trip here is likely to yield several interesting stops because it is located in an area dotted with antiques offerings.
Syracuse Antiques Exchange
Syracuse is a university town in central New York, about an hour’s drive from NYC. Syracuse Antiques Exchange is a building of four floors packed with everything under the sun. If you’re looking for small trinkets to large-scale furniture, you’ll find the exchange well worth the trip. Take your time and look carefully through this antique warehouse because you won’t want to miss anything.
The winding roads and small towns are where you’ll discover the hidden gems of the area. The combination is what makes the expansive area a must-visit destination for enthusiasts.
Seasonal Events and Festivals for Antiquing in New York
New York’s antiquing scene comes to life during seasonal events and festivals.
Attending an antique show is one of the best ways to acquire valuable antiques. The Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is a two-mile stretch of Route 20 between the villages. It attracts thousands of dealers and vendors, as well as thousands of pickers, shoppers, and browsers.
In mid-September, Indian Lake rolls out the (vintage) red carpet for its annual Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. The festival features over 60 vendors. Save a day or two for this popular event to go on one last summer shopping spree. Enjoy antique shopping for Adirondack specialties such as:
- Rustic camp gear and furniture
- Hunting and fishing equipment
- And traditional gems
Other seasonal events celebrating antiques worth attending include:
- The Brooklyn Flea
- LIC Flea and Food
- Washington County Antique Fair and Flea Market
- Mower’s Saturday Flea Market
- And the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
These events provide a fantastic opportunity to discover rare finds, learn a little history, and enjoy a festival ambience.
Uncovering Hidden Gems: Small Town Antiques
Head beyond the bustling cities and popular tourist destinations. Small-town antique stores in New York offer a unique and charming shopping experience. They’re often filled with one-of-a-kind finds that can’t be found anywhere else.
Aside from some I mentioned above, great small-town antique shops around the state include:
- Gristmill Antique Center in Troy
- The Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn in Rhinebeck
- Tannersville Antique & Artisan Center in Greene County
So why not venture off the beaten path and explore the hidden gems that small towns have to offer?
Tips for Successful Antiquing
To make the most of your time, it’s essential to keep a few tips in mind. First, bring cash as some dealers may not accept credit cards. Second, don’t be afraid to negotiate – be courteous and amiable, and be open to coming to an equitable agreement.
Another useful tip is to bundle items. If you find items that go together, try asking the seller if they’d give you a discount for buying multiple items. Always go in with an idea of what you want to find and, if necessary, specific measurements. Before you buy anything, try it out. Finally, take your time, don’t rush, and enjoy the experience even if you don’t buy anything.
And those yard sales and vendor stalls that look like a hoarding nightmare? That’s usually where you’ll find the best deals and a hidden gem or two. They’ll just be very hidden.
The Art of Restoration: Antique Workshops and DIY Opportunities
For those seeking to learn the art of restoration, select shops offer painting workshops and DIY-ing ventures. You’ll gain valuable skills and knowledge in restoring and repurposing vintage items.
Some notable antique restoration workshops throughout the state include:
- The Chair Shop in New York City
- More & More Antiques in NYC
- Antiques Masters in Nyack
- Letizia’s Refinishing in Yonkers
- And Jane Henry Studios in NYC
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned restorer, participating in these workshops can be both educational and fun. They’re also a chance to meet fellow antique enthusiasts and learn from their experiences.
Antique Shopping for the Perfect Gift
When it comes to gift-giving, nothing beats the uniqueness and charm of a vintage item found at an antique shop. Upstate New York’s antique shops offer a plethora of one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for Christmas or other special occasions.
Some excellent antique shops for gift shopping include:
- White Trash
- Demolition Depot and Irreplaceable Artifacts
- BK Antiques
- Yesterday’s News Antiques and Collectibles
- And Furnish Green
Choosing a gift from these shops will not only give something special and memorable. You’ll also be supporting local businesses and preserving the unique culture and history of the area.
Supporting Local Businesses & Shopping Local
One of the most rewarding aspects of antiquing is the opportunity to support local businesses. By doing things like:
- Shopping at antique stores
- Dining at local eateries
- And staying at locally-owned accommodations
You contribute to the local economy and help preserve the unique culture and history of the area.
Shopping online from local businesses and using their delivery services is another great way to support them. So, thanks for supporting local businesses and making a positive impact on the community on your next adventure.
New York offers a diverse and vibrant antiques scene, with something for everyone. From charming small towns to seasonal events, the state is a hoard of unique finds and unforgettable experiences. By supporting local businesses and participating in events, you not only contribute to the local economy. You also preserve the unique culture and history of the area. So why wait? Embark on your antiquing adventure in New York and add a few memory keepers that will outlast your lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the antique capital of New York?
For antique enthusiasts, Hudson is the place to be! Known as the Antique Capital of New York, it’s packed with over 40,000 square feet of “picker’s paradise” and plenty of fine vintage stores. It’s a perfect day trip for any collector.
Hudson is a great destination for antique lovers, offering a wide variety of stores and shops to explore. With its large selection of ant products, it is an ideal choice for anyone.
What is the antiques capital of the US?
Adamstown, Pennsylvania is known as the antique capital of the US. Thousands of antique dealers and collectors visit every year to admire and purchase the treasures found there.
The town is a mecca for antique lovers, offering a wide variety of items from furniture to jewelry to art. Visitors can find something to suit any taste and budget.
The town is also home to a number of antique shows and festivals throughout the year.
Is thrifting the same as antiquing?
No, thrifting and antiquing are not the same. Thrift stores typically have much more lower-value items than antique shops which usually carry items with some sort of value. While you may find antiques there, it’s usually more of a luck thing.
What are the top antique hotspots in NY?
Head to Brooklyn, Hudson, or Kingston for an unbeatable antique shopping experience.
You’ll find everything from furniture to jewelry, art, and more. With so many options, you’re sure to find something special.
When is the best time to go antiquing in Upstate New York?
Autumn is the perfect time to go antiquing in Upstate New York. Enjoy the beautiful foliage while exploring vintage treasures.