Delaware might be tiny but its mighty history on the Eastern seaboard dates back over 300 years. During that time, handmade wooden furniture, pottery and glass-blown home décor have lived inside the homes of Delaware residents and visitors from around the world. If you are looking to bring some of these antiques home, then check out the 10 best antique stores in the state.
Antique Alley of Bridgeville is truly unique. Boasting over 125 booths and over 20,000 square-feet of climate controlled antiques, the shopping experience is truly a delight. Conveniently located along the Delaware coast, you can stop in on your way to the Delaware beaches, Ocean City, Maryland or up north to Philadelphia and beyond. They even offer a snack and café area with free coffee, tea and hot chocolate for everyone. Check out this all in one antique mall for a convenient and exceptional experience.
Aunt Margaret’s Antique Mall is one of the most delightful antique experiences in northern Delaware. Aunt Margaret’s has quite the variety and reasonable prices. Open seven days a week on Main Street in Newark, stop in to find local antiques, vintage, collectibles and primitives from Delaware and the tristate area.
Antiques and the beach go hand in hand on the Delaware coast. If you’re looking for treasures you have found the right place. Lewes Mercantile Antiques carries everything from vintage toys, primitives, fine porcelain, garden sculptures, advertising and so much more. Over 30 dealers provide a variety of inventory on furniture, décor, retro, modern and reproductions. When you’re finished soaking up the sun or stepping into one of the many restaurants in the area, take a stroll down to Second Street in Lewes to Lewes Mercantile Antiques.
Nestled between the streets of Rehoboth Beach, Penny Lane Mall is a private alley filled with unique shops carrying almost anything you can think of. Antiques, gifts, collectibles, and all while piping relaxing music while strolling down the lane. If you want to escape to another world, take a walk through Penny Lane Mall.
2nd Act literally stands for 2nd Arts, Collectibles and Treasures and this antique shop lives up to its name. Living in Historic New Castle, 2nd Act also has a gallery and framing. There are five major collaborators for this antique shop including Michelle Quaranta, the owner, who has been a real estate agent in Delaware for years. She and her husband even purchased their historic home the Van Dyke House, because they believe they are not resident, but proprietors of living history. Other collaborators for the 2nd Act antique shop are Kat Zane, Jan Henion, Gene & Caroline Dempsey, and Manor Antiques, all of which are Delaware residents and enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the heritage of Delaware.
Most people might not think of a farmers market housing antiques, but it’s the flea market outside the New Castle Farmers market that has buried treasure within. Operating year-round, the farmers market has existed since the 1950s, when it was little more than a parking lot for farmers selling produce out of their pick-up trucks. Today, the market is situated in a building over 100,000 square-feet. They have more than 70 food and non-food merchants, and a recently added PA Dutch section which has attracted many customers from Delaware and across state lines. When you’re finished hunting for treasures outside in the flea market, head inside to finish your weekly food shopping on a budget and grab some lunch at one of their seven restaurants.
Wondering if you will ever find that hutch that your grandparents used to own? Or if you can find another one of your favorite childhood toys? Look no further. The Heritage Antique Market is not only huge, but full of hard-to-find antiques, toys, furniture and décor. Plan on staying a while because there is a lot to see. Located on Route 1 at Cave Neck Road just north of 5 Points in Lewes, Delaware, it’s the perfect stop along the way to the Rehoboth outlets.
Located in the state capital of Dover, Spence’s Bazaar has been a local favorite for antiques, wares, baked goods and more for over 75 years. As the longest running flea market in Delaware, Spence’s offers both indoor and outdoor space stores with a variety of products. Open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday you are sure to find a variety of goodies including anything from vintage lamps from the 1940s, clothing, trinkets, records, tools, and so much more. There is plenty to eat at the bazaar, too. Bread, eggs, sausage, pastries and cheese filled pretzel dogs that are my husband’s favorite.
Recently featured on the A&E Report, Passwaters Antiques & Collectibles was visited by host Michael Sprouse and the AE crew. The shop is a hidden gem for antique enthusiasts and browsers looking for something unique and rare that they just can’t live without. Sprouse went on to say, “When you walk in, you think you are in someone’s attic.” The shop has limited hours so be sure to check them out on Facebook or give them a call beforehand.
Antique Alley of Millsboro is one of Delaware’s best kept secrets. Specializing in antiques, antique books and collectibles, this shop is built with the small town feel and pride of Millsboro, Delaware. Antique Alley has a vested interest in maintaining the highest quality and standards of the items they sell. Voted “Best Antiques Store” from Downstate Readers in 2008, Antique Alley is truly a diamond in the rough.