Antique stores seem ubiquitous across Connecticut, with numerous options practically in every town. The Connecticut Tourism Board has even organized several of these stores into an “Antiques Trail” to facilitate out-of-state tourism and local explorations. We’ve scoured the shops and have picked the 10 best antique stores in Connecticut. Now go out and explore!
Located in the ever-expanding Nature’s Art Village complex, the Past Antiques Marketplace is a highly-rated option crammed with 90 vendors touting their wares. Items on sale range from large to tiny and might include furniture, light fixtures, collectables, figurines, jewelry, and toys. Items change frequently, so each time you visit you might find something new.
In the picturesque village of Collinsville, visitors will find nurseries, art shops, and of course, a large antique store. Antiques on the Farmington features 50 vendors selling a range of goods. One might stumble upon vintage furniture, porcelain items, and a wide variety of collectibles. A perennial Connecticut favorite, antiquers should be sure to visit Antiques on the Farmington.
Mine is a very cool vintage and antique store selling a wide array of surprisingly affordable goods. The aim of the store is to turn something found into something uniquely yours, and their curated collection of wares certainly helps. Expect beautiful bureaus, unfinished tables, vintage chests, and smaller pieces.
Easily spotted in its bright blue building, the Stratford Antique Center hosts 200 vendors. With that much on offer spread over 16,500 square-feet, visitors might plan to stay awhile. Items for sale include collectibles, toys, glass wear, statues, furniture, cookery, and much, much more.
Greenwich Living Antiques and Design Centre caters to antiquers looking for a particular specialty item. Selling very high-end antique furniture, light fixtures, artwork, and mirrors, the staff at Greenwich Living carefully select and sell only the finest items. Famous clients include Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, and Katherine Zeta Jones.
This 4,000-square-foot space in New Haven is full of vintage finds such as furniture, kitchen wear, clothing, and old items. For affordability, they also have frequent color sales with 20 percent off items of a specific color each week—what a fun way to shop! They also have an excellent online shop on Etsy that is perfect for those who prefer to shop from the comfort of home.
For over 40 years, G. Sergeant Antiques has been selling English, American, and Continental furniture. Items are all high-quality originals and the owner stocks furniture, art, lighting, mirrors, and more. G. Sergeant Antiques caters to collectors and museums seeking specific, original pieces.
Known as the “Antique Capital of Connecticut,” of course there is another of Connecticut’s top antique stores to be found here! Wayne Mattox Antiques is located in an 1835 Greek-Revival home and features frequently changing items. Wayne Mattox Antiques focuses on American and European furniture, Native American art, weathervanes, and toys. For those especially interested in antiques, you can also find a blog and podcast run by the owner and his wife.
Original started as a demolition company in 1954, United House Wrecking, Inc. has now become an antique furniture and decor store. At a whopping 43,000 square-feet, visitors will certainly find something to take home. The showroom and outdoor grounds feature rugs, mantels, stained glass, doors, art, mirrors, and garden decorations. Their selection of unique items is really rather impressive!
Those looking for French Canadian antiques need look no further than Monique Shay Antiques and Designs. Antiquers will find beautifully painted French Canadian cupboards, armoires, tables, and chairs. Monique Shay Antiques and Designs has also been featured in several popular newsstand magazines.