UPSTATE JANE: The Best Upstate Sources for Antiques, Unique Finds and Furnishings

  |  February 22, 2012

After visiting the area for years, and then purchasing two homes here, I have started to collect some go-to places for finding fun items to furnish my own, friends’ and clients’ homes with. I am not the conventional designer who gets a percent profit from the purchase of items at a particular store or vendor, so I do not promote any store I do not genuinely shop at or feel is worth a trip to. There are so many places to find antiques and home furnishings in upstate New York that it is difficult to truly create a comprehensive list (though, with readers helping, we can do it). Below are a few places that I frequent and feel are worth investigating, and some suggestions from other Upstater writers. There are many many more wonderful stores and shops in the area, so feel free to list your own store crush in the comments section for everyone.

That said, I still find myself wanting to venture outside the area to explore deeper into New York State’s treasure trove of antique and flea stores. Just today I found this gem all the way up in Schenectady. So I guess I will be making a drive up to Albany for lunch at New World Bistro,  and then onto Schenectady to peruse the area.

Stormville Airport Flea Market428 Route 216. Select dates from April through November, but worth it.

Rinaldi Flea Market900 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie.  April through October every Sunday; outdoor.

Kabinett & Kramer. 7 Main Street, Andes. Extremely quirky handpicked antiques and objects d’art.

Hands down, if you are looking for a day+ long of shopping (either window shopping or the real deal) Hudson is the place for antiques. Mind you, I am not talking about the nitty gritty, look-at-the-treasure-I-found-in-Grandmaw’s attic type of items. I am talking about extremely hand-picked and restored items that will not be inexpensive but would be the splurge piece(s) to start a room around. There are too many shops to even list, so I will provide this link to HADA’s website, which is the Hudson Antique Dealers Association. Yep, there are that many there.

Here are just two to feast your eyes on:

Historical Materialism– Gorgeous pieces

Mark McDonald Ltd– Mid-century masterpieces- not cheap but great eye candy or for a splurge

Now the first two below are more the “barn sale” type of situation, where you can find great deals and unique funky items for accessorizing your space and finding “personality pieces.”

On Route 209 in Stone Ridge (on Main street near the fire station in a garage) is a shop that I don’t even think has a name. Please correct me if I am wrong. I just see the handmade sign and pull in. Typically April through November/December.

Also on Route 209 just past the turn to High Falls, on the way to Accord, is another little gem. His shop is on the left if you are driving towards Accord, and set back in a barn and house. It is easier to spot if you are coming FROM Accord than the other direction, so if you pass it you can turn around and probably find it easier. There is a little sign that says Antiques. Reasonably priced finds, fun kitsch items and the guy who owns it is a trip.

Lounge8 Second Street  High Falls. (also in Hudson, but I prefer the High Falls Store and the owner is a doll)  great furniture and home goods with a killer apothecary shop I like to buy my soaps from.

Nectar. 1412 New York 213  High Falls. Beautiful fair-trade import store. Unique and exotic pieces.

High Falls Mercantile. 113 Main Street, High Falls. Cute shop with refurbished antiques and new furnishings and accessory items as well.

Materia Locus. 10 Queens Highway  Kerhonkson. A high end furniture, antique and design shop with many hand crafted and rustic modern pieces. (Winter hours by appointment.)

There used to be more antique stores here, but Kingston has been suffering, as we all know. There are a few new shops in the Uptown District, but I tend to go to my little favorite spot in the Rondout, On The Hill Antiques. I shop for myself, my clients and for gifts for friends here.

On the Hill Antiques @ Skillypot. 41 BroadwayKingston. A small but adorable antique shop in the Rondout District, with a terrific eclectic variety of items from jewelry, houseware, art, clothing and furnishings. The owner is fantastic, and the people behind the counter are always pleasant and extremely helpful. One evening they spent a good while with me trying to find just the right gift for a friend. When you are finished shopping there are plenty of great restaurants in a few block radius. I highly recommend Ship to Shore for a great brunch or Armadillos for casual fare and margaritas. Dolce has good coffee, and breakfast food with hearty portions and in the nice weather you can pick up a boat tour of the Hudson for a relaxing time on the water.

Mezzanine Antiques. 79 Broadway, Kingston. They also run a few rentals upstairs. The last time I went, the big upstairs was not “open” for business as it had been previously, but they have some beautiful anitique fine jewelry.

Stan’z Used Items and Antiques. 743 Ulster Avenue, Kingston. Looking for a cast iron clawfoot tub? Check it out then…he’s got em.

Tivoli Mercantile5 East Market Street, Red Hook. Another Upstater writer reccomends this cute-looking shop, full of hand-crafted items.

Shops come and go in Saugerties, and though there are a handful of antique shops (and vintage clothing stores), I have a favorite. It has nice items, and it isn’t ridiculously overpriced.

Newberry Antique Store. 236 Main Street  Saugerties. A large space filled with hand picked, apropriately priced antiques, books, paintings, jewelry and dishware. A warm and friendly staff with a good memory for their customers always helps. (Which is in contrast to a few other shops there) Go here, and then run across the street to Dutch Ale House for locally brewed beer and the best burger and garlic truffled parm fries around.
Fed-On Lights. Corner of Market and Livingston Streets, Saugerties. An exhaustive supply of vintage lighting, plus kitchen and bathroom fixtures. One Upstater reader finds it a bit pricey, but worth a look if you want period pieces.

Scandinavian Grace. 2866 Route 28. Shokan. A wide range of classic and contemporary design from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway

The Door Jamb. 2858 New York 28  Shokan. I know this isn’t an antique store, but it is a great resource on Route 28 right next to Scandinavian Modern. They sell new and used doors and windows. I always look here to see if they have something before ordering from the big box shops.

Hawthorne Gallery. 34 Elwyn Lane. Woodstock. Woodstock has a hidden gem. It is set back off of the main drag, and is in a restored vaulted barn. The owners are amazing as well as their two dogs. This shop features hand carved and crafted furnishings, and Eastern imports. It is a very cool space and has really cool statement pieces.

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