11 New England Antique Shops to Delight and Inspire

Whether moving into a historic home or furnishing a new build, antique pieces can enliven your space. In finding items with historic charm and adapting them to suit modern life, you create a completely unique space that embodies your interior design style.

In New England, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by rich history and countless antique shops that have preserved pieces dating back to the earliest American colonies. Many also carry global antiques from Asia, Africa, and Europe.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite New England antique shops for finding that perfect piece — no matter what that means to you. There is something here for every taste, style, and area of interest.

1. European Country Antiques (Cambridge, MA)

As its name implies, European Country Antiques is inspired by shops the owner encountered on trips to France, Ireland, and England, and the shop is stocked with pieces acquired on regular trips abroad.

Most of their pieces are over 100 years old, and they have an impressive array of larger storage pieces, including armoires, sideboards, cupboards, and servers.

2. Cambridge Antiques Market (Cambridge, MA)

This sprawling marketplace allows you to undertake a serious afternoon of antique hunting all in one building.

It unites over 150 dealers across its five floors, meaning you can peruse various styles and items. The market holds vintage and antique treasures of all sorts, including furniture, decor, clothing, sterling silver, and more.

3. Perim Lang Antiques (Essex, MA)

Perim Lang occupies a historical church and meetinghouse in the old shipbuilding village of Essex, MA — a town with a long history that includes a thriving antiquing scene.

Co-founders Perim and Lang focus on pieces from the 17th through 20th centuries. They have an eye for the ornate, with sofas upholstered in rich brocades and chairs and mirrors with gilded floral details.

4. Andrew Spindler Antiques (Essex, MA)

Another stop along Essex’s “antique trail,” Andrew Spindler Antiques also focuses on pieces from the 17th through 20th centuries. The collection leans toward clean lines and understated elegance.

While any antique shop is undoubtedly a place to find furnishings for an older home, the pieces in Spindler’s collection would also suit contemporary spaces with a transitional or traditional design style.

5. LeMay & Co. (Newport, RI)

Whether you live in Rhode Island or spend time in Newport during the summer, make time to visit LeMay & Co. for a thrilling antiquing experience.

The store features various vintage and antique finds, including a noteworthy collection of Asian art. You’ll find sculpture, pottery, and paintings from Tibet, Japan, China, Korea, and more.

6. Aardvark Antiques (Newport, RI)

Aardvark Antiques specializes in large-scale antique pieces. Its collection of objects for the home and garden includes giant bronze statuary, stained glass windows, fireplace mantels, and light fixtures.

If you are in the process of restoring an antique home and are looking for period pieces to replace broken fixtures and features, Aardvark Antiques likely has options that date to your home’s original era.

7. Fairfield Antique & Design (Fairfield, CT)

If you live in Connecticut or the New York tri-state area, Fairfield Antique & Design is a multi-dealer location where you can find an impressive range of styles and periods represented.

Browse the collections of more than 35 dealers, which include furniture, decor, lighting, jewelry, and clothing. There is also a sweeping collection of art hanging along the walls of the 12,000-square-foot space.

8. Wigren-Barlow Antiques (Woodstock, VT)

Wigren-Barlow Antiques has been a staple in the Woodstock, Vermont antiques scene since the 1950s. Its collection includes pieces for the home and garden dating from the 18th to mid-20th centuries.

Given its location in a state known for farming, it’s fitting that Wigren-Barlow also carries antique tools and mechanicals from rural life. You’ll find items like a butter churn and iron lard press within its gallery walls.

9. Sir Richards Antiques and Fine Art Center (Waterbury Center, VT)

Sir Richards Antiques and Fine Art Center has a strong focus on its art collection, which indeed runs the gamut. You’ll find everything from 17th-century Christian art to Native American pieces to glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The showroom also features a wide-ranging collection of art objects, including hand-blown glass and crystal-cut paperweights and woven grass baskets.

10. Indian Trail Antiques (Newcastle, ME)

Indian Trail Antiques fills the floors of its 19th-century barn with an astounding collection of Americana. It features items dating back to the 18th century, but its vintage pieces from the 20th century are truly unique. 

Anyone with an interest in American pop culture from the mid-century will delight in its collection of vintage advertising (including giant aluminum signs and branded items like a Coca-Cola refrigerator) and the rows of old-school jukeboxes that line the walls.

11. Bowerbird & Friends Antiques (Peterborough, NH)

If you wish to furnish your country home with comfortable, lived-in antique pieces, you’ll enjoy browsing the selection at Bowerbird & Friends Antiques. This group shop features rustic pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries. It’s ideal for finding a simple cupboard for your farmhouse kitchen or an oak bench for your mudroom.

Bowerbird & Friends also has a selection of contemporary pieces and plants for the home and garden.