Vermont is chock full of spacious antique shops to explore for hours. With such a rich history, it’s no surprise that the Green Mountain State is filled with opportunity to discover an old New England relic. Antique emporiums, centers, malls, and mom & pop-style shops offer unusual and exotic items, each different from the next. Here we capture the flavor and variety of antiquing in Vermont.
Established in 1990, the Stone House Antique Center is a group of around 90 dealers. As a result, a vast sea of merchandise is neatly displayed in a well-lit 20,000-square-foot warehouse-type environment, where you will find everything from rare coins, militaria, metal and tools, pottery & glass, LP records, early American and European furniture, primitives, and more. Also, on the first Tuesday of each month dealers are available on site for price haggling and special one-day sales.
Twitchell House is a picker’s dream. The over 10,000 square-feet of show space is not enough to hold all the inventory, and it bubbles over onto the lawn in a flow of cast iron and other metal. The barn is littered with glass & pottery, Americana, mirrors, artwork, primitives, and jewelry. The big yellow barn sits just off Vermont Route 30.
For the past 17 years, dealers have been both buying and selling relics of Vermont’s (and many other state’s) pasts at Five Corners Antiques. Collections such as primitives, arts & crafts, Victorian and mid-century-era items, heirloom silver, as well as Civil War artifacts are all on display in this roomy, well-lit 5,000-square-foot showroom.
In operation for over 30 years in the same location, the Middlebury Antique Center is a privately held company owned by Francis J. Stevens, Jr. The Center offers a vast array of antiques from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, including Victorian, jewelry, primitives, vintage furniture, Native American artifacts, and more. Among the more unusual items are a pair of 19th-century ice skates and a larger collection of Bennington Pottery.
Owned by Terry Culver and Sue Hudson, Last Time Around offers two floors of late 1800s to early 1900s furniture, cast iron, vintage toys and banks, signs, and more. They offer a 60-day layaway program, and free delivery is available within a 60-mile round trip.
Sir Richard Antiques is owned by Richard and Barbara Woodard, who have been collecting since 1967. Their 4,500-square-foot showroom is chock full of stuff, from fine art to furniture. Some of the more unusual items are oriental antiques including early Ming Dynasty items, blackamoor, and an extensive collection of militaria & weapons.
Primarily focused on furniture and home furnishings, Sue and Jacques Lilly established Red Horse Antiques in 1990. Their inventory includes American and European country furniture, lamps & lighting, early pottery, and wall hangings. From the second floor of their converted carriage house and showroom, you can see their grand English Garden with its collection of outdoor antiques and sculptures.
Jack Barlow established Wigren-Barlow in 1950, and, although it has changed hands now, the estate remains much the way it was more than half a century ago. With a roomy 4,600-square-foot collection of furniture & furnishings and tools & mechanicals, Barlow probably has an antique for most, and it hosts many 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, folk art, lithographs, and sculptures, too.
Constructed in the 1850s, Patina’s brick and mortar building showcases home furnishing, fine art, folk art, and country antiques. Patina’s opened in 1987 as a way to feature local furniture makers and artists, and it continues to foster that connection today. You will find tons of home furnishings here as well as high-end interior design services.