The Seawife, NJ

Firstly, apologies for the long absence! The Seawife, an antique store housed in a historic building in Viking Village, Barnegat Light, on Long Beach Island, NJ, has a whimsical mixture of nautical and garden inspired pieces. While the shop doesn’t have many books (if at all), I had to share this gem.

Elysium Antiques, NJ

I wandered into Elysium Antiques in Somerville, NJ, while on assignment for a story, and was very impressed by the quality of the antiques at the store. While I didn’t spot any books to add to my collection (and honestly, most of the store was quite beyond my price bracket), several pieces of decadent vintage clothing did…

Scranberry Coop, NJ

The Scranberry Coop in Andover, NJ, is a 10,000 square-foot warehouse with more than 150 antique and collectibles dealers. You might be tempted to pronounce it “co-op,” but it’s actually pronounced “coop.” “The Coop is not a co-op, which is why it is pronounced “coop” which rhymes with “scoop.” We are one store. When we’re…

Cabot Mill Antiques, ME

This massive antique market is on the ground floor of a renovated mill on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick, Maine, which is the town where I lived for four years while attending Bowdoin College. I purchased an 1854 copy of The Poetical Works of John Milton for a mere $25.

Old Luckett’s Store, VA

The Old Luckett’s Store in Leesburg, Virginia is the closest thing I’ve found to an amusement park for antique lovers. Started by two women who took a chance on a decrepit abandoned building in 1996, the shop constantly has new finds from estate sales, auctions and more than 35 dealers. I’ve been three times and each…