Hudson Valley Antiques Guide
The 150-mile stretch north of New York City along the Hudson River has long been a draw for those seeking diverse pursuits. History, culture and the arts, seasonal food and local wine, outdoor sports and cabin getaways are some of the area attractions.
The region has long-been a draw for another breed of traveler, the antique enthusiast. Scattered across its ten counties, the Hudson Valley is home to a smorgasbord of antique centers, flea markets, vintage and junk shops. As well as an on-going rotation of estate sales, auctions, and yard sales.
To help you get started planning your antique shopping adventures, I have created this Hudson Valley Antiques Guide!
Whether you’re completely new to the world of antiques, a hobbyist or a roadshow veteran, this Hudson Valley Antiques Guide has something to offer. Since there is such a high concentration of antique shops in the region, it is essential to do your homework before you dive in.
While it can be fun to spend hours aimlessly wandering aisles of old treasures, it’s best to go in with a sense of what you’re looking for and a strategic plan of action.
And that’s exactly why I created this Hudson Valley Antiques Guide – so you can make the most of your visit while you are here!
Follow these simple tips to master the art of antiquing:
- First, start by visiting the bookstore for general guides on antiques and collectibles.
- Secondly, Read up on different styles and periods to get a feel for what you like and what kind of prices to expect.
- Then, don’t be afraid to try your hand at a little bargaining. Open the negotiating floor by expressing your appreciation for the piece and politely asking, “Is this your best price? Would you be willing to go lower?”
- Purchase multiple items at a time and when stores are getting ready to close. Dealers want to get a last-minute sale for the day and will provide discounts.
- Finally, with all this in mind, the most essential thing is of course to have fun!
Antiquing is all about the excitement of stumbling upon those one-of-a-kind, special pieces that you just can’t live without. To help you in your treasure hunt, we’ve listed a few of the best shops in the Hudson Valley. I hope you enjoy our Hudson Valley Antiques Guide!
Millerton, New York
Topping Fodor’s list of 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S., Millerton is a first stop on the antiques road for many enthusiasts. While the small Dutchess County village offers a range of options, the Millerton Antiques Center on Main Street is a great place to start. There are 32 dealers all under one roof and opening hours 7 days a week. Here you can also find an assortment of early American antiques, artwork, rare books, and vintage clothing and linen, all reasonably priced.
Hudson, New York
No trip to the Hudson Vallerantiques.com/about-us/ey is complete without a stop in the city of Hudson, a veritable mecca of antique shops and art galleries. A Hudson staple since 1991, Sutter Antiques specializes in Empire and Art Deco furniture, decorative pieces, and lighting. It has also been featured in Elle Décor and House Beautiful. Lastly, Sutter has been named to Architectural Digest’s list of top 100 sources for interior designers.
Hyde Park, New York
Located off Route 9 near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate, the site was used in the late 1700s as a stage stop on the post road from New York to Albany before serving as the headquarters for President Roosevelt’s secret service contingent. Now home to 9,500 square feet of antiques and collectibles from over 50 dealers, you can easily spend a whole day here perusing. And with everything from Mid-Century armoires and Chinese porcelain to folk art and vintage clothing, surely, you will find something to suit your fancy.
Kingston, New York
For those building or remodeling their homes, Zaborski’s 25,000 square feet of architectural salvage is a one-stop restoration shop. Owned and operated by “Stan the Junk Man”. This three-story warehouse is a treasure trove of hardware, vintage appliances, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and furniture. It also boasts architectural salvage pieces including doors and windows. While you are here, you can enjoy a vast collection of assorted collectibles. Items range from mason jars, old telephones and radios to taxidermy and musical instruments.
Rinaldi Flea Market
Poughkeepsie, New York
Held every Sunday from April to September, the Rinaldi Flea Market in Poughkeepsie always draws a large crowd. Browse its range of antiques and collectibles, furniture and home décor, and jewelry and vintage clothing. Rinaldi is also a great way to involve the whole family. Offering on-site food vendors and special events like live music, cultural performances, and community-based workshops. As with any flea market expedition, get there early for all the best pieces, carry cash, and be prepared to haggle!
Hudson, New York
Enjoying a reputation as a first-rate full-service auction house, STAIR is a premier destination. Discover 17th to 20th century fine and decorative arts. For items valued at greater than $2,000, “Fine” auctions are held five times a year. Plus, the “Exposition” auctions occur monthly for those items below $2,000. If you can’t make it in for an auction, no worries! You also have an opportunity to look at STAIR’s finely curated collection, located in it’s Hudson gallery on Warren Street. Visit them during regular business days, Monday through Friday.
New Paltz, New York
2011 and 2015 Hudson Valley Magazine Readers’ Pick for Best Antique Shop. As a matter of fact, this is the stop for well-priced fine jewelry, antique glass and pottery, and furniture from the late 1800s to 1970s. Located in the European market-inspired Water Street Market, the Barn is conveniently situated near galleries, boutiques, and restaurants in downtown New Paltz.
Cold Spring, New York
Art & Antiques Downtown Gallery in Cold Spring brings over 30 vendors to 5,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. Ranging from glassware, paintings, and costume jewelry to records, comic books, and Beanie Babies. Art & Antiques also operates the Ellen Hayden Gallery in Cold Spring. They host 3-4 annual art exhibits. They also host monthly estate sales in near by Marlboro, featuring vintage clothing, furniture, and antiques.
Hudson, New York
Another Warren Street outpost, 3FortySeven is home to award-winning architect and designer, Michael Davis. Expertly curated collection of antique and repurposed Mid-Century furniture, vintage textiles, carpets, and lighting fixtures. The shop is located in a former Art Deco gas station. The space also features a food truck court and a music and event venue. After a long day of treasure hunting, find BackBar, located at the back end of the shop. While you are there take your time to indulge in creative cocktails and Malaysian-inspired small plates.
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