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Attractions ~ Hawk's Guide to Vermont Shopping ~ Antiques, Antiquing and Furniture Shopping

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Antiquing has become as much a part of the overall Vermont experience as have skiing and maple syrup. Even if you're not quite up for the tempting treasures of the great outdoors, the countless number of antique shops that lay nestled in amongst the Green Mountains are just waiting to be discovered and their contents surveyed. Whether you're searching for an aged oak armoire or an old-fashioned beaded lamp, the collections you'll uncover in Vermont are sure to contain plenty of items that will grab your attention. Even if your tastes lean more toward the durability of the new than the charm of the old, the solid and reliable craftsmanship indicative of the Vermont furniture industry remains legendary. Furniture-making is a trade that has been passed down and perfected throughout the ages for generations of Vermonters. With an abundance of high-quality hard and softwoods from which to work, ranging from maple, cherry, oak and pine, the choices made available to shoppers are endless as is the variety of styles. Although some craftsmen and antique dealers maintain shops right in many of Vermont's famous town centers, the vast majority of collections (and those special "finds") are to be found out in the unassuming barns that speckle the back roads. Troves of lovingly preserved antiques and fine furniture pieces are here for the taking - provided you have the know-how or enough patience to sift through all the hundreds of area venues. Therefore, we've assembled a small guide to some of the area's best antique and furniture dealers to help set you on your way toward successful antique hunting amidst the splendor of Vermont.

Hawk Particularly Recommends

Clear Lake Furniture in Ludlow

Clear Lake Furniture, Ludlow
Combining the excitement of a new, beautiful collection of furniture with age-old quality and hand-craftsmanship. Visit Clear Lake's 150-year old, meticulously restored barn and browse through the collection of simple, classic furniture. Enjoy the aroma of rich hardwoods as they are being worked, talk to knowledgeable craftsmen and learn fascinating details that go into each heirloom piece. The collection is crafted from cherry, curly maple, maple, red or white oak, and walnut, while using 17th-century techniques such as interlocking joints, splined miters and dovetails. Each piece is dated and signed by the craftsman and bears your family surname. Clear Lake specializes in sleigh beds, dressers, dining tables and chairs, hutches/buffets, rockers, armoires and desks. (802) 228-8395

Village Barn Antiques, Ludlow
Explore this quaint village barn located down an alley in the center of town, especially if you're seeking unique treasures, country furniture, vintage items and nostalgia. (802) 228-3275

Church Street Antiques Gallery, Woodstock
On the edge of the town center is this gallery containing country antiques, mostly of local origin. Specializes in fine furniture, crystal, china and antique mirrors. (802) 457-2628

Wigren & Barlow Antiques, Woodstock
A wonderful place to browse if you are in the market for very fine antiques and garden furnishings. The collections are spread throughout a 19th-century farmhouse and outbuilding. (802) 457-2453

Polo Antiques, Woodstock
Featuring excellent quality 18th and 19th-century antiques from formal to good country furniture. Interesting selection of Canton, pewter & silver. Four rooms of paintings & prints. (802) 457-5837

Freight Wagon Antiques, Weston
Country antiques are the specialty here, mostly American, with a few Canadian pieces, chosen for their broad range of appeal. (802) 824-6909

Weston Antiques Show, Weston
An annual event coupled with the Weston Crafts Show, this event draws collectors and dealers from near-and-far to descend upon one of Vermont's prettiest towns for a weekend of wheeling and dealing.

Bridgewater Mill Antiques Center, Bridgewater
Located in an historic mill on the Banks of the Ottauquechee River, the entire top floor of this largest of Vermont's crafts venues contains a mass of antiques, furniture and other vintage decorative items. (802) 672-3332

Shackleton Furniture Showroom

Charles Shackleton Furniture, Bridgewater
Mr. Shackleton's designs feature an entire collection of accessories which includes lamps with solid brass fittings, mirrors with beveled glass and bellows with real leather, as well as tables, beds and dressers made from only the finest woods. Each piece is made by hand with the same attention to detail and quality that is the mark of his established furniture collection. Located in the Old Mill at Bridgewater, watch the craftsman ply his trade in the workshop located next to his store. (802) 672-5175

Gallery of Antiques and Collectables, Mendon
An array of group booths containing interesting treasures over two floors. (802) 773-4940

The Antique Collaborative, Quechee
A multi-dealer shop featuring over 50 different antique dealers under one roof. (802) 296-5858

William Austin Antiques, Chester
Presenting a fine selection of antiques and country furniture on three floors of a historic house on Depot Street. Look for the massive (and we do mean massive) chair on the front porch. (802) 802-3032

Stone House Antiques and Craft Center, Chester
A multitude of antiques, collectibles and crafts displayed in over 250 different booths featuring fine furniture, jewelry, glassware, militaria, dolls, quilts and books. (802) 875-4477

Antiques at Brandywine, Grafton
Located right on Main Street, this wonderful two-story barn is crammed filled with antiques, country furniture and primitive treasures. (802) 843-2250

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