Boston March 05, 2018
by Juliet White The Tiny Town Near Boston That’s Absolute Heaven If You Love Antiquing
If you’re a fan of antiques, then you probably already know that
Essex is a haven for those who favor one-of-a-kind items over mass-produced goods. However, there’s another tiny antique-filled town near Boston that may have escaped your notice. Rowley only had a population of 5856 people at the last census, but it’s got many thousands of antiques.
This adorable town lies 33 miles north of Boston, near Plum Island, making it within an easy day-tripping distance of the city.
Once here, begin the hunt for your next treasure in this peaceful, North Shore town.
1. Salt Marsh Antiques
This store is housed in an 1805 barn that the shop owner saved from demolition. Once inside, you'll uncover all sorts of other treasures from the past that he has also safeguarded — the climate-controlled building ensures that inventory stays in great condition. Goods are spread across three stories and showcase the wares of thirty dealers, offering everything from wooden furniture and old tools to jewelry and collectibles. Expect reasonable prices and regularly rotating inventory.
On weekdays, the store is open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the weekend. Salt Marsh Antiques is located at 224 Main Street/Route 1A in Rowley.
2. Todd Farm Antique Shops and Flea Market
There are several different parts of this antique enterprise — some constantly open, some seasonal. The Barn features antiques and upcycled or repurposed goods from more than 24 dealers. This light, airy space is a delight to explore. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sundays, year-round.
You can also browse the "House Shops" at Todd Farm any time of year. It's fun to see antiques displayed in these home-like settings. Hours are the same as at the Barn save on Sundays, when the House Shops open earlier — at 9 a.m.
Between April and Thanksgiving, hundreds of dealers congregate at the Todd Farm Flea Market on Sundays (dependent on weather). You never know what you'll find here but you can bet it'll be unique! The flea market takes place from 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Todd Farm is located at 285 Main Street in Rowley.
3. Lynn's Vintage Flair
This store carries both vintage and antique items, distributed across 14 rooms, operated by four different dealers to ensures a wide selection. Lynn's is especially strong on home goods, furniture, and jewelry. Store hours are 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. It is located at 244 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley.
4. The Antiques Cottage
Step inside a charming 200-year-old home converted into an antique store that is usually open on weekends (currently from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.). Browse for furniture, jewelry, and handmade items at 31 Main Street in Rowley.
Rowley provides the opportunity to spend a day — or afternoon — sifting through heirlooms of the past. Break up your shopping excursion with a glass of vino at the local Mill River Winery or refuel with hearty fare from American Barbecue. Rowley is a tiny gem that you won’t want to miss!
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