Exploring the Best Antique Shops Upstate
Much of the fun of antiquing is the thrill of the hunt, the search for the elusive bargain. Professional dealers and hardcore enthusiasts are known to stalk the aisles and back rooms of dusty garages and old warehouses to find that ‘too good to be true’ deal. Part of that hunt–and perhaps the hardest part–is knowing where to go. Whether you’re a dealer or a dabbler, here are upstate’s best antique shops.
Dancing Dog Antiques
77 Creamery Road, Lakewood, PA (570) 798-2936
Inside a renovated 19th century barn at the northeastern tip of Pennsylvania, Dancing Dog Antiques offers vintage and antique items gathered from different time periods and arranged into the best kind of curated chaos. With owner Catherine’s unique ability to see the potential in discarded objects, it’s no wonder the shop is frequented by editors and stylists.
A Picker’s Find
1098 Texas Palmyra Hwy, Honesdale, PA (570) 253-0207
Treasure hunting takes on a whole new meaning at the Picker’s Find. Located near Honesdale’s vibrant historical district, you’ll never leave empty handed at this local favorite. The frequently rotating showroom includes furniture, china and other unexpected knick-knacks that are too cheap to pass up.
100 4th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 (570) 352-3435
Bargains are to be had at this local Salvation Army–and with a little time and patience you might get lucky and stumble upon a major gem for just under a Jackson. Our suggestion: ignore the rows and rows of used clothing and head straight to the homewares and furniture section. Who knows, you just might score a 40-piece vintage Blue Willow china set for $15 or six antique bistro chairs for $25 (our editor did).
The River Gallery
8 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY (845) 252-3238
Not much of a scavenger? Then the River Gallery is your spot. The carefully curated selection of art, vintage furniture and accessories is immaculately displayed in vignettes by the owner, Tony, a former executive at Versace. Expect items here in brand new or pristine condition–and a price tag that reflects that.
226 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY (213) 379-3900
Proprietor Juliette has a style so uniquely her own that once you enter her ivy-covered industrial garage storefront filled with European-esque antiquities, you feel immediately transported into another time. Here you’ll discover that, when it comes to design, there are no rules. Oddities such as deer taxidermy coexist side-by-side with Shanghainese art, a large swordfish hangs above a colonial era portrait and the use of fur and feathers seem to be a reoccurring theme.
Lee Hartwell Antiques, Callicoon, NY (Photo: Charlotte Ferguson)
Lee Hartwell Antiques
33 Lower Main Street, Callicoon, NY (845) 887-6727
Those in search for fine Mid-Century modern items need not look any further. Situated at the heart of Callicoon’s charming Main Street, Lee Hartwell Antiques is the place to source that perfectly restored Paul McCobb desk or hard-to-find Hans Wegner chair you’ve been obsessing over for the past month.
Antique Center of Callicoon
26 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY (845) 887-5918
If there’s one place you could get lost in, its the Antique Center of Callicoon. With three, well organized, whole floors dedicated to showcasing all the cool things that your great-grandmother would have owned, its the perfect place to spend hours browsing on a Sunday afternoon. Prices here are not outrageous but don’t expect a bargain either.
Barryville Antique Emporium
3424 NY-97, Barryville 12747 (845) 557-0704
There’s something for everyone at this half indoor, half outdoor antique shop. Conveniently located on Route 97 in Barryville, a pitstop here while driving to or from the city is mandatory. Prices are always reasonable and the owner is willing to negotiate. Our recommendation: come with an empty trunk. You’ll need it.