Autumn Antiquing in New York
As soon as the magnificent patchwork
quilt of color spreads across New
York’s hillsides, it’s
time to go hunting -- for antiques!
Whether you’re searching for
furniture, an addition to your vintage
toy collection, a log cabin quilt,
or just want to take a trip back in
time, autumn antiquing in New York
Throughout the state, communities
celebrate everything from foliage,
apples and pumpkins, to the heritage
of our ancestors. Antique shops far
and wide open their doors to visitors
and often extend their hours during
this festive time of year. The Hudson
Valley and Catskills offer shops with
an extraordinary range of treasures.
With such rich history and close proximity
to New York City, the area draws antique
dealers from around the world and
is often mentioned in home decorating
and collector’s magazines.
In the Capital-Saratoga area, the
large warehouse and co-op shops located
on several downtown streets carry
fine architectural rarities, furniture,
jewelry and art from many of the state’s
first settlers. The lilting Adirondacks
surprise antique hunters with the
bounty of shops loaded with collectibles.
Historical communities like Watertown
and Sackett’s Harbor in the
Thousand Islands Seaway region balance
their tours of days-gone-by with a
chance to shop for authentic souvenirs.
If you enjoyed the enormous summer
antique festival in Bouckville, you
know that antique appreciation lives
on in the Central Leatherstocking
region’s surrounding shops.
Schoharie hosts a show in mid-September
with more than 100 dealers; around
the same time, Springfield offers
an “Antique Appraisal Day”
at Hyde Hall. Heading into the Finger
Lakes, you’ll find antiques,
souvenirs, crafts, art, and jewelry
in boutiques, small shops, and restored
Victorians throughout the region,
in towns and villages such as Hammondsport,
Skaneateles and Seneca Falls. In the
Greater Niagara region, Albion and
Wyoming are just two of the many historical
destinations where you can shop and
tour gas-lit districts of times past
with antique shows and sales throughout
the season. If you’re in Jamestown
during the Busti Apple Festival, sip
some cider while watching demonstrations
of 19th-Century processing techniques.
Like all areas of New York State,
the antiques are nearby, waiting for
you to dust them off and give them
a new life!
For details on antique shops, shows
and market days around New York State
visit iloveny.com. Happy Hunting!