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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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?
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.
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 .
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!).
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.
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).
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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) .
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 .
Yes, there is a town called Las Vegas in New Mexico. But unlike the Nevada city, this Las Vegas is way more low-key. Browse the for antiques and beautiful, hand-made wares.
Creatives and designers brought new life to this once down-on-its-luck New York town. There are over 60 businesses in the , so it's safe to say you simply can't go home empty-handed. The and should be high on your itinerary.
The stately (which was originally the governor's mansion) is a landmark in this smallish town of about 30,000. No less interesting is the antiques shopping in the region, including New Bern Antiques, which is the in Eastern North Carolina.
Yes, it's a small city (the population is just above 100,000), but it's where all the antiques action is in North Dakota. Shop for vintage vinyl at , or hunt for treasures at the .
Ohio weekend travelers flock to , where small businesses are the main attraction. Not limited to strictly antiques, shops like and also offer refashioned takes on vintage items.
This historic town of less than 10,000 people has a , from sports memorabilia specialists to cowboy-centered shops. Those with more general tastes will be happy to browse , which has two fully-loaded floors of unique finds.
Only 25 minutes from Portland is this antique-filled town, which was originally founded as a . Now, it's a utopia of .
Another bearer of the title "Antiques Capital, USA," Adamstown's main industry is antiques. Though you'll find , no visit is complete without a trip to the .
Historic Wickford Village and nearby North Kingstown offer some of the best antiquing in the state. Furniture is popular here: offers beautiful period pieces, while focuses more on consignment and vintage.
Known as "The Front Porch of the Lowcountry," Walterboro pretty much has to be welcoming. Among its many cafes and shops, you'll find a .
Though the main attraction at this looks-like-a-movie-set town is gambling, you might get a better return on your investment at Deadwood's largest antique store, . (But hey, we won't judge either way.)
In Tennessee's oldest town, you'll find beautifully-preserved buildings that make wandering a treat. Walk right into and bring home a special souvenir from this truly special town.
This is home to an eclectic arts community — and plenty of small businesses with local character. There's a big antique mall (), but there's also a shop with finer finds ().
You'll definitely need to take your time in Ogden — there's just so much to do in . One good starting point is , where vintage boomboxes sit side-by-side with antique furniture.
The antique-lover's jewel in this postcard-perfect New England town is the 20,000-square-foot . Though smaller, is also worth a peek for its array of vintage hardware and cast iron cookware (among other very Vermont things).
Not to be confused with our Texas pick, this destination has a 40-block historic district and a four-block Antiques Row. Take a walk around the spacious or snap up a treasure at .
The "Antiques Capital of the Northwest" is home to more than 175 dealers. From , this is the place to go for all things vintage (and beyond).
Historic downtown Lewisburg is a manageable-sized district of galleries, cafes, and, of course, antique shops. combines all of the three, offering wine and gourmet food in addition to antiques.
Though it's a bigger town, most think of Fond du Lac in terms of its recreational offerings (read: lots of water sports). But if you're in need of a breather, we can't think of a better way to wind down than a visit to the , , or .
With a main shopping district that looks right out of an Edward Hopper painting, Laramie has a slower pace that invites you to unwind. Though you won't find a cavernous antique mall, you will find .