You’ll want to browse for hours at these top New England antique malls.
By Joe Bills
May 25 2022
Crompton Collective in Worcester, MA | Best Antique Malls in New EnglandPhoto Credit : Courtesy of Crompton Collective
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For antiques hunters, New England is an embarrassment of riches. Little shops packed with treasures dot the New England landscape, but sometimes what you’re looking for is a place with seemingly endless variety to its offerings. Here are some of our favorite one-stop antiques shops, also commonly referred to as antiques malls.
Putnam is an antiques destination, and with 325 spaces and 130 dealers, Antiques Marketplace is one of the state’s oldest and largest mega-malls. This 22,000-square-foot treasure trove, with finds ranging from classic furniture and retro clothes to books and 18th-century glassware, has been in business since 1991 — so obviously they’re doing something right.
There are high-end antiques for sure, but the largest group shop in Maine has a lot of flea market in its DNA as well, and we mean that as a compliment. On recent visits we’ve discovered irresistible vintage signage and wonderfully bizarre folk art. If a treasure hunt is what you’re after, this is as perfect a destination as you’ll find. Besides, one of the items recently featured on the shop’s Facebook page was a bundle of vintage Yankee magazines — a steal at any price, naturally!
In this nearly 22,000-square-foot converted chicken barn, about half of the retail space is devoted to varied antiques, and the treasures are plentiful. But what has really set this place apart is its other half, where the focus is squarely on books and paper collectibles and ephemera. Their selection of vintage magazines is a wonderland that, come closing time, we always have to be pried away from.
Prepare to be wowed at the Cambridge Antique Market, where more than 150 dealers present their finds on five floors. Whether you’re looking for a 1960s alarm clock or a piece of fine china, there isn’t much you won’t find here. The real fun, though, is discovering the treasures that you didn’t know you needed. They have a space in Provincetown, too, which is also well worth seeking out.
Located in an 1860 Worcester mill, Crompton Collective is in high demand, with interested vendors having to take their place on a waiting list. This curated boutique marketplace features both antiques and items crafted by local makers, more than 90 vendors in all. Owner Amy Chase is a Worcester native, and the former author of the PunkyStyle blog has created a go-to shop — part boutique market, part antiques shop, part farmer’s market, part event space — that has quickly become one of the best reasons to visit her city.
The largest shop of its kind in southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford Antiques at the Cove features vendors selling antique silverware, midcentury modern furniture, handcrafted items, toys, old signs, collectibles, and more. With 260 dealers and a whopping 55,000 square feet of retail space, the treasures are almost too much to take in on a single visit.
Checking in at 22,000 square feet and more than 150 dealers, this is New Hampshire’s largest group shop. Located in a space that was formerly a 1950s department store, this superstore features everything from jewelry and movie posters to Depression glass and railroad memorabilia. Where else would one find a Victorian embalming table just a few feet away from a Paul McCartney record?
Since 2007, the Rhode Island Antiques Mall has been one of New England’s must-visit antiques destinations. With nearly 200 dealers and another 150 or so consigners, this two-floor shop features furniture and postcards, jewelry and rugs, vintage clothes and classic board games — we could go on. But it’s the emphasis on art, in many and varied forms, that truly sets RIAM apart.
Presenting the wares of about 90 dealers, this well-organized shop includes paper ephemera, furniture, military items, collectible coins, vintage LPs, and folk art — 20,000 square feet of items awaiting the next person who will cherish them.
A Yankee editors’ pick for “Best Antiques and Collectibles,” this 17,000-square-foot space in beautiful Quechee Gorge Village is Vermont’s largest, featuring nearly 150 dealers. Looking for an old sap bucket? Check. In the market for some vintage costume jewelry? Check. Need a gift for a comic book fan? Check. The treasures come in all shapes and sizes, but you’re almost certain to find at least one that just has to go home with you.
This post was first published in 2019 and has been updated.