Massachusetts is a place where you can find a bit of history tucked into every corner. There are plenty of spots to hunt for beautiful and unique antiques in this state. Lovers of all things retro and vintage will rejoice at this list of awesome places to find antique treasures with history and flair.
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1. Acushnet River Antiques, New Bedford
This place carries lots of local and nautical antiques, so it's a great spot to find pieces that reflect the history of New Bedford or Massachusetts as a whole. Parking can get a little crazy as this store is relatively large and popular, but the prices are very fair and the selection is superb.
2. Thoreauly Antiques, Concord
This antique shop makes it easy to find just what you're looking for. Thoreauly Antiques carries plenty of gorgeous vintage jewelry and china. They also stock many beautiful linens and Victorian curiosities.
3. New Bedford Antiques at the Cove, New Bedford
This is the largest, multi-dealer antique showroom in the area. With over 260 different antique dealers displaying their wares in a 55,000-square-foot refurbished mill, you're sure to find something old to treasure anew.
4. Fancy Flea Antiques & Fine Jewelry, Concord
This place specializes in hunting down rare and unique pieces of antique jewelry. They have pieces dating back to Georgian times, and also do repairs on vintage jewelry. If you're looking to offload some antique jewelry, Fancy Flea will let you trade your pieces in for "Flea Dollars," which you may then spend at the shop.
5. Canal Street Antique Mall, Lawrence
This place is BIG. There is an entire floor of this refurbished mill devoted to furniture, and you'll find yourself spending hours combing through the vintage and retro knick knacks filling this antique mall. Prices and pieces are mid-range, so you're bound to walk away with something you love.
Free appraisals are available on Wednesdays.
6. North Reading Antiques and Collectibles, North Reading
This place is great for those just starting out in antiquing. North Reading Antiques and Collectibles has plenty of entry-level pieces (read: not super old or expensive), and they'll help you out with appraising that old umbrella stand your grandfather left you in his will.
7. New England Demolition and Salvage, New Bedford
New Bedford is something of an antiques mecca, but this place is definitely special. WIth over 100,00-square-feet of real estate, this is the spot to go for incredible architectural finds and vintage decor. They have an entire floor dedicated to salvaged clawfoot tubs. Even if you're not into antiques, this is a great place to poke around for an hour or two.
8. WinSmith Mill Market, Norwood
This 18th-century tannery has been converted to a showroom-style collection of antiques. Check out Mark's for elegantly arranged antiques that are clustered in thoughtful collections, and stop by Gallery 2 for beautiful antiques that won't break the bank. Old Bean caters to seekers of "mantiques," or retro finds with a masculine edge.
9. Wrentham Country Store, Wrentham
This antique shop is staffed by 20 female dealers and stuffed with cottage-chic vintage decor, beautiful oddities, and plenty of fun furniture. Go here if you're looking for fresh-feeling antiques that that don't feel stodgy.
10. Cambridge Antique Market, Cambridge
More than 150 dealers provide everything from vintage bicycles to retro food containers and 1950s collectibles. The staff here are beyond knowledgeable, and can help you find that relic that will transport you back to childhood or beyond.
11. The Barn at 17, Somerville
If you're looking for antiques that look almost brand new, this is the place. The Barn is attached to a full-service restoration shop that makes every piece shine like new.
12. Harwich Antique Center, Harwich
This is a great little antique shop on Cape Cod. Definitely catering to seekers of the odd and whimsical, Harwich Antique Center has plenty of pieces that will make you do a double-take. This is a great spot for vintage records, signs, and unique china.
13. Brimfield Antique Market, Brimfield
Check out this incredible summer showcase of antiques from all over the place. Outdoor stalls and tents are filled with all manner of antique collections, zany art, and retro homegoods. The market runs May 10-15, July 12-17, September 6-11.