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Day-Tripping: Antiquing in the Catskills

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Antique Shops in the Catskills

Best Antiquing in the Catskills

Town and Country AntiquesGrowing up in Connecticut, my family would take a trip to the Catskills every fall. As a child, the Catskills were synonymous with the (now out of business) Catskills Game Farm (…”you’ll find adventure…at Catskills Game Farm…adventure is in our nature! “). I can still recall singing the game farm’s theme song and anticipating the giraffes and rhinos that I would soon be seeing. Something else that stands out from that time were all the antique shops that my mother made us stop at. Dotted throughout the Catskills’ four counties (Delaware, Greene, Ulster and Sullivan) were an abundance of some of the best antique shops around, waiting for us, like targets on a treasure map.

The thing to remember about an antiquing day trip to the Catskills is that there are so many shops spread throughout a large area, so your day trip can easily turn into a long weekend. The other thing to remember is that most of the places you’ll encounter are far less picked through than the Northeast’s other popular antiquing destinations, making it a great antiquing destination.

Here’s some places you’ll definitely want to check out during your visit.

Treasure Chest Antiques – Woodstock, NY

Treasure Chest AntiquesTreasure Chest Antiques specializes in affordable collectibles. They maintain an extremely diversified collection of jewelry, furniture, books, pottery and glassware. With treasures coming in daily the merchandise is constantly changing so you never know what you’re going to find. A part of Getaway-on-the-Falls, Treasure Chest Antiques also doubles as a bed and breakfast, and all lodging guests will receive discounts on any Treasure Chest purchases. If you don’t plan on staying the night and something rather expensive has caught your eye, you didn’t hear it from me, but the wonderful people of The Treasure Chest have been known to “acknowledge the present economy” and will work with you to make sure you can bring home that special something you desire. 5 Waterfall Way; 845-679-2568.

Homer and Langley’s Mystery Spot – Phoenicia, NY

Homer and Langley's Mystery SpotMystery Spot is not your run of the mill antique shop. Hands down one of the most interesting antique shops in the Catskills, Mystery Spot is an emporium and odditorium filled to the rafters with Rustic to Mod collectibles, vintage clothing, knick-knacks, doo-hickeys and accessories. Their motto is, ”Clutter my world” – and you could totally clutter yours with the incredibly large selection of anything and everything collected over the years. The Mystery Spot’s proprietress, Laura Levine is an eclectic superstar: she’s a renowned visual artist, independent filmmaker, Rolling Stone photographer, TV animator and author and illustrator. What could be cooler? (Check out their website,, to learn more about Laura and The Mystery Spot). 72 Main Street; 845-688-7868

768 Main – Margaretville, NY

No stop into Margaretville’s historic downtown is complete without a visit to 768 Main. A store filled with jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing and furniture, 768 Main also carries a full line of organic teas, chocolates, candies, soaps and crafts from local artisans. 768 Main Street; 845-586-3443.

Country Weekend – Margaretville, NY

Like its name suggests, at Country Weekend you’ll find country antiques and nature-related, vintage home goods. It’s the chicest of the shabby and the most treasured of the salvaged. You can decorate your farm house, cabin, or cottage (real or imaginary). Also true to its name, Country Weekend reflects its setting in and appreciation for the Catskills wilderness; it’s a lot of nature and history in a quaint store. 785 Main Street, 845-586-2112.

Fisk Barn Antiques – Andes, Bovina & Delhi, NY

Fisk Barn AntiquesFisk Barn Antiques has three locations in Andes, Bovina and Delhi. The Andes Shop, known as Fisk Barn Too is in an old mercantile building in the heart of downtown Andes. Their Bovina shop is a magnificent two story, 3,000 square foot renovated barn that is an antique in itself. Unlike the Delhi space, the barn offers an outdoor architectural elements garden. Delhi is the newest location, and its shop was set up in the former historic Parker House. Throughout both stores you’ll see a large selection of period furniture, rare pewter, stoneware and pottery, as well as lighting, mirrors, paintings and prints. Andes: State Highway 28, 845-676-3121; Bovina: 116 Fisk Road, 607-832-4544 and Delhi: 74 Main Street, 607-746-9300.

Kabinett & Kammer – Andes, NY

Kabinett & Kammer is not just an antique shop, but a “contemporary curiosity” shop. K & K is dedicated to a maximalist, masculine vision of the home and the store specializes in the world of antiquated natural wonders and art. A medical, botanical and zoological resource, this is the kind of place that’s a dealer’s secret spot. You’ll find anything from old science class models to vintage taxidermy. 7 Main Street; 845-676-3313.

Rick’s Barn Antiques –  Roxbury, NY

Rick’s Barn Antiques boasts the largest inventory of antique country furniture– specializing in cupboards, farm tables, bedroom furniture and outdoor iron works. If furniture is what you’re looking for Rick’s 10,000 square foot barn of fine American and European country antiques could be your one stop shop. Route 30; 607-326-7700.

Antique Palace Emporium – Liberty, NY

Antique Palace Emporium is a 4,000 square foot store specializing in restored antique and vintage furniture, dining room and bedroom suites circa 1875-1930s. Browse their aisles of jewelry, lamps, mirrors and more- and if there’s any furniture piece that you’ve been looking for, chances are the Emporium’s got it. 300 Chestnut St; 845-292-2270.

Town and Country Antiques – Liberty, NY

Housed in the historic Town & Country building in the heart of downtown Liberty, Town & Country offers a diverse inventory of antiques and collectibles of all kinds but specialize in glassware, statues and paintings. 1 North Main Street; 845-292-1363.

Lee Hartwell Antiques - Callicoon, NY

Lee Hartwell AntiquesLee Hartwell Antiques has an eclectic inventory of furniture, lighting, jewelry, pottery, art and other home accessories from the Arts & Crafts era, Art Deco Era, Mid-Century Modern and Industrial periods. The cool thing about Lee Hartwell is they have their entire inventory online and if you see something you like, instead of putting it into what they refer to as a “fancy shopping cart,” call them up and it’s yours. 25 Lower Main Street; 845-887-6727.

When it comes to antiquing there is something intriguing about things made long ago – whether it’s the rarity, craftsmanship or the missing piece to a collection, sometimes it’s just the pursuit of the unknown.

Want to take the trip? I’ve already got it mapped out for you….

Aubree Cutkomp is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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