Treasure Hunting on the Connecticut Antiques Trail Last Updated 1/19
Whether you collect antiques or just like bringing a little old-school style to your life, Connecticut might just be your soul mate. We’ve got so many antique shops, markets, dealers and galleries, you could spend a week and not get to them all. To see what we mean, check out the listings on the Connecticut Antiques Trail, or take a look at a few of these popular stops.
Wander through rooms and rooms of antiques, collectibles and other surprises at Antiques Marketplace in Putnam. Other multi dealer shops around the state include: Antiques on the Farmington in Collinsville (above), The Past Antique Marketplace in Montville, Clinton Antique Center, Essex Saybrook Antiques Village in Old Saybrook and Stratford Antiques Center.
Fine Art & Furnishings
On the Woodbury Antiques Trail, you will find dozens of antique shops within a short distance, making it easy to shop in this town in the western hills part of Connecticut. One of the shops you won’t want to miss is Mill House Antiques, featuring furniture, furnishings, art and accessories from all over the world, all in historic buildings framed by elegant gardens. If you happen to be antique hunting closer to the shoreline, Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques in Guilford has been around since 1906.
We’re not talking about your grandmother’s antiques here. West Hartford’s Blaze & Bloom (above) is just one of a handful of boutiques around Connecticut that showcase unique finds in an eclectic and funky style. Thats why it's been named to House Beautiful's "Best in Connecticut" list. From mid-century modern to junkyard chic, you’ll find vintage and repurposed furnishings and accessories that bring your home to life.
For something beyond just a collectible, Seymour Antiques Company (above) is a complex of dealers and designers who specialize in a combination of antique collecting and interior design. Their fresh approach is to showcase vintage objects in a curated display, which inspires as it sells.
Flea Market Fun
Collectors, pickers and bargain hunters alike delight in the arrival of the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford (above), which opens in late March. Alongside roughly 500 vendors, you’ll find farmers market fare, food trucks and much more. For over 40 years, people have been enjoying the Elephant’s Trunk, which has also been featured on the TV show Flea Market Flip.
Stamford’s United House Wrecking (above) is a one-of-a-kind destination that has been part of helping people find and repurpose unique and unexpected treasures since the 1950s. Wander through over 40,000 square feet of salvaged architectural materials like fireplaces and lighting fixtures, as wells custom furniture and vintage décor.