The 50 Best Small Towns for Antiques

Ditch the more famous (overcrowded) destinations for these under-the-radar locales.

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Whether you're looking for a mid-century favorite or an 18th-century rarity, shop like a professional antiques buyer and head off the beaten path. Smaller towns tend to offer far better deals than big cities — not to mention much more charm, too. There's a sweet spot in every state, so mark your calendars for a weekend treasure hunting adventure.

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Alabama: Pell City

This tiny town of just under 10,000 boasts a major antiques impresario: David Tims. Tims owns three giant showrooms in Pell City with a huge array of all things old. There are so many pieces on display that Tims found it impossible to price everything — so expect to haggle with the master himself.

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Alaska: Juneau

The antiques scene in Alaska centers around the state's three cities: Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. So, we consider the less populous of the three (Juneau) as Alaska's small town antiques destination. You'll find a handful of charming general-store-type shops, including , which sprinkles higher-end new items into the mix.

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Arizona: Cottonwood

Nestled in the , Old Town Cottonwood has an eclectic secondhand scene. is just one of the many shops worth a visit, with more than two acres of treasures.

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Arkansas: Eureka Springs

Most well-known for its spas, Eureka Springs also has plenty in the way of antiques. One noteworthy spot is , located near the scenic Inspiration Point.

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California: Healdsburg

Located in Northern California Wine Country, the quaint town of Healdsburg offers a delightful way to take a break from tastings. The famous , shown above, combines everything from wine to coffee to, yes, antiques, under one charming roof. is another can't-miss stop.

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Colorado: Georgetown

Nicknamed the "Silver Queen of the Rockies," Georgetown is filled with all of the sights that make a daytripper's heart skip a beat: galleries, cafes, fine restaurants, and lovely .

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Connecticut: Woodbury

The "" is home to some of the most exquisite, well-edited shops in the region. It's also one of to find great pieces, so really, how could you go wrong?

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Delaware: Lewes

A visit to this seashore town could allow you some antique shopping in two states — there's a ferry that takes you to adorable Cape May, New Jersey. If you're staying put, definitely check out , which puts over 30 dealers under one roof.

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Florida: Micanopy

Palm trees and huge oaks draped in Spanish moss create an enchanting setting in this tiny North-Central Florida town, which is the self-proclaimed .

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Georgia: Thomasville

The past is present in this lovely Georgia town, which has over 70 historical sights (including the church Jackie Kennedy attended following President Kennedy's death). As you can expect from such a place steeped in history, there are antiques shops galore. Locals highly recommend the , which has multiple stories to explore (and to tell, we'd imagine).

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Hawaii: Kailua

Finding antiques can be a little tricky in paradise, but the picture-perfect town of Kailua offers plenty. We recommend spending a few hours at (which is comprised of two stores, Ali'l Antiques I and II), which is nearly overflowing with treasures.

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Idaho: Pocatello

Pocatello's downtown and surrounding area is home to . Make sure to visit , where you'll find an eclectic array of clothing, home goods, and furniture.

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Illinois: Galena

This old-fashioned town brings on the charm. You'll want to stay in one of the many B&B's, because just one day wouldn't be enough to cover the over 16 antique shops in the area. One must-see? , which boasts over 55 dealers.

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Indiana: Centerville

Centerville is just one of the stops along Indiana's "." While you're there, be sure to visit , a multi-dealer shop housed in a hotel building that dates back to 1886.

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Iowa: Walnut

Designated Iowa's "" (back in 1987), counts 15 antique shops for a population of only about 900. Here, there might be more pieces of Pyrex than people.

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Kansas: Lawrence

Though it's technically the sixth largest city in Kansas, downtown Lawrence has such a quaint feel that it had to be included in this list. No visit is complete without a stop to the on Mass Street, where you can spend an entire day wandering among the treasures.

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Kentucky: Georgetown

You simply can't go wrong with a town named "Georgetown" (see our Colorado pick for further proof). Though it's a bit more populous than other spots on this list, the historic district of Georgetown feels like its own small town. The top antique pick has to be the , which occupies two buildings.

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Louisiana: Ponchatoula

Nicknamed "America's Antique City," Ponchatoula also has the distinction of being the "Strawberry Capital of the World." No visit is complete without a stop by , a 15,000-square-foot shop packed with antiques and collectibles.

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Maine: Wiscasset

Whether you'd like to sleep where you shop at (a B&B/antique store) or power through a day amidst 16,000 square feet of antiques at , this town proves there's more to Maine than lobster.

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Maryland: New Market

Though it's located 10 minutes away from the antiques mecca of Frederick (home to 200 dealers), New Market actually enjoys the distinction of being the "." Though you'll find a handful of dealers, it's about quality rather than quantity. , for example, has a stunning array of pristine period wood furniture.

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Massachusetts: Essex

Yet another town that bears the distinction of being "," Essex offers a diverse array of dealers — from high-end () to the more down-to-earth (shown here, , which boasts an outlet store on the second story).

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Michigan: New Buffalo

A popular , the town of New Buffalo and its surrounding area is . Stop by the , which has an entire room dedicated to salvage materials (yes, they have shiplap!).

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Minnesota: Stillwater

When your town is considered the birthplace of Minnesota, it would be a shame not to its honor history. Though the historic architecture does just that, we prefer to celebrate the past through the in the town. is considered the Midwest's biggest antiques mall, with three floors to happily wander.

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Mississippi: New Albany

Variety is the name of the game in this old-fashioned town. Visit the , the resident floral and event designer (who can basically make a giant blue rose).

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Missouri: Springfield

Of all the Springfields in America, Missouri's has to make a vintage lover's list of must-visit destinations. The is Missouri's largest, with 90,000 square feet of wares.

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Montana: Philipsburg

Philipsburg is , with boutiques, galleries, and a historic opera house that dates back to 1890. It's also a friendly town — the motto at is "Browsers Welcome, Buyers Adored!"

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Nebraska: Grand Island

Though a bigger area (the population hovers around 50,000), Grand Island has a great selection of antique shops. The , , and add up to hours of fun browsing.

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Nevada: Boulder City

On the quirkier end of the spectrum is Boulder City, Nevada — a town of about 15,000 located approximately 26 miles from Las Vegas. At and , you can find everything from old neon signs to an antique washing machine.

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New Hampshire: Portsmouth

While Portsmouth isn't a true "small town," it signals the beginning of the best antiquing you'll find — New Hampshire's "Antiques Alley." Made up of a handful of small towns, you could spend weeks (and thousands of dollars) .

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New Jersey: Lambertville

With its sister town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, just across the river, Lambertville is one of the most popular weekend destinations for the Philadelphia-New York City area. After a lovely lunch at the historic , stroll the shop-filled streets. Don't miss the , , and the jaw-dropping .

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