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Antique Shops In and Near Cambridge

Discover antique shops in and near Cambridge

Discover antique shops in and near Cambridge

Do you ever get the bug to go antiquing?  You don’t need to head to Western Mass or to NH – there are a variety of antique shops in or within an hour or so of Cambridge.  Most of these are group shops – antique stores where dealers rent booth space which means inventory is always changing and you can often find a deal or two.  Here are some of my favorites:

Cambridge has a large group shop in East Cambridge, the Cambridge Antique Market.  Booths are spread out over five floors.  I tend to have so-so luck here but there are deals to be found and it’s an easy way to get your antiques / vintage  fix without leaving the city.  Cambridge Antiques Market, 617-868-9655, is located at 201 Monsignor O’Brien Highway.  The  shop is open every day but Monday from 11 am to 6 pm.  It’s right by the Lechmere T or if you’re driving there’s a parking lot.

Waltham‘s not far and I tend to always pick up something when I visit Downstairs at Felton Antiques. It’s a group shop with a combination of open booths and locked display cases.  The shop is having its annual sale November 11 – 28, 2011. Downstairs at Felton Antiques is open every day but Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm and stays open until 8 pm on Thursdays.  You’ll find the shop at 100 Felton Street in Waltham.  781-894-2223.

Head out to Concord where you’ll find three group antique shops on Walden Street in the center of town.  I’ve always loved Upstairs Antiques at 23 Walden.  It’s got a really nice ever changing array of antiques and collectibles. Thoreauly Antiques at 25 Walden Street has fun smalls, linens, ephemera, Concord themed books and plenty more.  Across the street at 28 Walden you’ll want to stop in at North Bridge Antiques.  By my estimation it has the highest priced stock of the three shops.  It also has, in a booth tucked in the back, used and antiquarian books from the former Books With a Past, a long time favorite bookstore that closed after many years on Walden Street.  All three of these shops are open open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm. 

Concord’s shops can easily fill a day.  If you want to peruse an excellent selection of old books be sure to stop in at the Barrow Bookstore at 79 Main Street.  I always leave with a full bag or two.  Another delightful shop – mixing vintage items with new, creative and unique pieces – is Nesting on Main, on the second floor at 44 Main Street across from Walden Street.

Upton House Antiques in Littleton is a lovely antique shop.  The store features a lot of country style antiques and primitives with plenty of turn of the century cookware, old blanket chests, ironware, and more.  The prices are very reasonable and I’ve picked up a number of favorite pieces here.  The antiques shop is located at 275 King Street in Littleton, not far from Littleton Center, and is open every day but Monday from 10 am to 4 pm.  978-486-3367.

Back in Littleton Center take Route 119 west to Townsend.  In the center of town take a left on Route 13 and eventually you’ll get to Jeffrey’s Antique Co-op Mall in Lunenburg.  It’s a bit of a drive from Cambridge but if you want to hit the aisles of a really large antique shop this store can be worth the trip.  Like many group shops sometimes the stock seems better on some visits than on others but you’ll usually find something that strikes your fancy. Jeffrey’s Antiques is located at 54 Chase Rd in Lunenburg MA and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and open until 8 pm on Wednesdays.  978-582-7831.

Head back to Route 119 and continue west to West Townsend.   Take a right on Route 124 and you’ll immediately be able to pull in to shops on your right or left.  The Hobart Village Antique Mall has booths and cases on two floors and you’ll find everything from smalls to furniture.  The antiques shop, at 445 Main Street, West Townsend, is open every day but Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm.  978-597-0332.  Across the street you’re in for a treat at Delaney Antiqe Clocks located in the carriage house behind a glorious brick colonial.  Home to the country’s largest collection of tall-case clocks, aka grandfather clocks, it’s almost an out-of-body experience to be in the shop at the turn of the hour when the clocks begin to chime.  This is a place to dream – the clocks are exquisite and often in the 10s of thousands of dollars.  In addition to tall-clocks the shop carries wall clocks, carriage clocks and shelf clocks.  The clocks are restored and in working condition. Delaney Antique Clocks at 435 Main Street is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

A bit further down Route 119 you’ll find Antique Associates at West Townsend.  This is a group shop that features fine antiques including furniture, art and accessories in 15 rooms.  It’s in a different league than the other group shops in our mix.  Open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm at 473 Main Street, West Townsend.  978-597-8084.

These are my regular haunts and admittedly the outer reaches of my antiques trail are probably a bit over an hour.  If an hour’s drive is doable that also puts Sturbridge within reach – but that’s a day’s worth of shopping and worthy of another post.

Do you have favorite antiques shops nearby?  Leave a comment to let us know!

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