They say home is where the heart is, and we think it should be easy to make your house a home without breaking the bank. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to find the best home bargains in New England, with help from our May/June 2011 issue
BEST ARCHITECTURAL ARTIFACTS
, Littleton, NH
You don’t have to be renovating a Victorian mansion to find something to obsess about here, where the inventory extends from brass doorknobs ($20 and up) to claw-footed bathtubs (from $250).
Tannery Marketplace, 111 Saranac St.
603-444-1200; admacsalvage.comBEST BASICS
Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens
, Stowe, VT
Soaps to stemware, linens to lotions, gadgets galore–the place is packed to the rafters, with great deals in the sale section.
1813 Mountain Road.
800-244-6813, 802-253-8050; stowekitchen.netBEST TILE TREASURES
, Bantam, CT
Fired up by a many-colored spectrum of ceramic-topped trays and handmade tableware, owners Darin Ronning and Travis Messinger make their one-of-a-kinds affordable, with prices from $20 to $100.
931 Bantam Road (Route 202).
860-361-9306; bantamtileworks.comBEST VINTAGE ACCESSORIES
What Cheer Antiques
, Providence, RI
Vintage books, clothing, jewelry, vinyl records, embroidered fabrics, ephemera and maps, Victorian hardware, and other surprises crowd this underground shop.
7 South Angell St.
BEST TREASURE HUNT
, North Kingstown, RI
Consignments span the 1600s to today, with a specialty in Early American and European furnishings. Prices for every wallet, from a $20,000 William Shayer oil painting to $3 costume jewelry.
7512 Post Road.