The Best Towns to Buy Antiques

Antiques are the perfect way to decorate your home with items that are truly unique, regardless of what your personal style might be. When you look in the right places, you can even score a bargain.

Who doesn’t love going on an antique adventure? The United States has so much history and artifacts that represent that time, so it’s always a treat to find a hidden treasure to add to the collection. What’s interesting is that every state seems to have its own unique collection of artifacts, so why stop at your state!

To help you get there, I have my personal list of the best towns for antique shopping. They were crafted on variety, price, and well – they’re awesome towns.

Let’s get started…

1. Charleston, South Carolina


First stop, the south! Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston has no shortage of choices and with over 50 antiques shops, this charming southern city is a top destination for antique lovers and history buffs alike.

A. Fairfax Antiques – Specialty: Southern American antiques
200 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Geo. C. Birlant and Company – Specialty: English antiques, reproductions, silver, and porcelain
191 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Parham and Company – Specialty: European smalls
344 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401


2. Miami, Florida


While Miami may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of buying antiques, it has an impressive collection of stores that offer a wide selection of pieces. Collectors concentrate on the shops along Biscayne Boulevard, many of which emphasize mid-century modern design.

Miami Antique and Design Expo – Specialty: Mid-century modern
8330 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33138

Art & Antiques – Specialty: Mid-century modern furniture
8650 Biscayne Boulevard No. 5
Miami, FL 33138

Alhambra Antiques – Specialty: 20th century French furniture, lighting and accessories

2850 Salzedo St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 446-1688

3. New Orleans, Louisiana


For over 300 years, New Orleans has collected the treasures of French explorers, Spanish pirates, English merchants, river fishermen, and Southern planters. Today, antique collectors head to the French Quarter for European antiques and to Magazine Street for more local finds.

Ann Koerner Antiques – Specialty: European furniture and art
4021 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

M.S. Rau Antiques – Specialty: French and English furniture, silver, and fine art
630 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Uptowner Antiques – Specialty: 18th -19th century French and Italian furniture and accessories
3828 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Boston, Massachusetts


The quaint fishing villages of Boston’s North Shore (Essex, Gloucester, and Newburyport) are steeped in history and the primary location to some of the best antique shops. Explore shops containing treasures of fine craftsmanship and American classics and then treat yourself to a lobster roll.

Andrew Spindler Antiques  – Specialty: 17th- to 20th-century English, European, and American furniture, art, and  decorations; English white ironstone, pottery, and porcelain
163 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

The Scrapbook – Specialty: 15th- to 19th-century antique and decorative maps and engravings
34 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

Peter Eaton and Joan R. Brownstein Antiques – Specialty: 18th-century American furniture and folk paintings
24 Parker Street
Newbury, MA 01951

5. Hudson Valley, New York


The historical architecture and beautiful scenery makes this town a popular weekend destination with or without the antiques. Just two hours north of Manhattan, the excellent prices, great scenery, and shopping, make visiting Hudson worth the trip. In the town where some of the first Europeans settled and stayed, built houses and built furniture, or brought it from home, you are guaranteed to find something that catches your eye and ends up in your home.

A. Sutter Antiques – Specialty: 18th- to 20th-century English and European antiques
556 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Doyle Antiques – Specialty: Antique and vintage furniture and decorative arts
711 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Kendon Antiques – Specialty: Americana, folk art, and vintage and antique toys
508 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534


If, like most antique lovers, you seek treasures to enjoy and pass down, the alluring antiques havens of these towns are ideal places to spend a weekend and find treasures. Step away from what’s near you and diversify your antique collection. Happy Hunting!

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