Saturday, March 18, 2017

Antique Shops, Collectives, and Repurposed Home Decor In Massachusetts

Shopping! I was raised to shop. Some people train for the Olympics, marathons and the like. I was trained to shop. Couple that with my mom's affinity for Home Interiors parties (remember them) and the like. Growing up in the military forced us to edit our belongings each time we moved. There was not a lot of room to hang onto to things for sentiment sake and we weren't near family that allowed for hand-me-downs and family heirlooms. These factors combined have worked to form my love for beautiful things with a history that can be saved, reworked and made useful in our home and maybe I can pass them down someday. Recently, I was asked to write about local vintage and antique stores in my area. Oh, I can do that! (Clicking on the names of each business will take you to their Facebook pages for times and more information.)

I enjoy walking through old mills filled with booths of stuff someone has saved from the dumpster or landfill. I like trying to find decorative pieces for our home, as gifts of friends, and gather ideas for upcoming projects. There are a couple pop-up monthly markets that I frequent. Vintage Thymes Monthly Market, 500 Providence Highway, Norwood, MA, was the first one I started attending regularly. They used to hold their market in an old mill building but are now located in a strip mall. While they host several regular vendors they also have guest vendors each month. In the fall they host one of their markets on a farm in the town next door to them. I have written about my trips to visit them before here and here. 

                     

Trisha from Vintage Prairie Home, 55 Sterling Street, Clinton, MA,  hosts another of those pop up markets. Her style is the farmhouse style that everybody loves. She finds great pieces, reworks them and showcases them in the sweetest vignettes. I have written about her markets here and here. 


Now, if you're looking for things that you can turn into something of your own these are places I find myself haunting:

Counting Sheep Antiques, 79 Central Street, Berlin, MA is nestled in a pastoral setting along a windy road in central Massachusetts. As you approach the cheerful yellow house and attached barn space you are greeted by an old pick-up truck begging for a photo with you.


You'll love Kim at Laurel Grove, 339 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA. This is their new address and they will be in there April 1, 2017. If you are reading this post before then- check their Facebook page for the address. Here you will find pieces that have been saved and restored, you will find Fixer Upper style pieces, hand painted wood signs, ect. The new, larger space allows room to hold classes like the recent Make Your Own Farmhouse Clock class taught by Trisha from Vintage Prairie Home.

Crompton Collective, 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA is another must stop place. Clothing, furniture, reclaimed and restored pieces are mingled in with handmade soaps, chalkboard art and jewelry. Various classes are held here, there is an event space for rent; who wouldn't love a wedding reception in an old mill building strung with glow of globe lights bouncing off the bricks!? They also hold a farmer's market on Saturdays! 

Signature Finishes at 204 Worcester Street, North Grafton, MA has a nice selection of Miss Mustard Seed paints, many vendors selling restored, refurbished, or reworked pieces. Tons of inspiration just walking through. Furniture painting classes are offered here. 

In the opposite direction you can find Wrentham Country Store, 15 East Street, Rt.140, Wrentham, MA. It is home for a lot of different vendors. You can find repurposed stuff, stuff waiting to be repurposed outside in the shed, primitives, shabby chic and everything in between. They usually hold a White Sale in the spring. Here is one I attended a couple years ago.
                                   

                                      

Antiques on 1A, 416 South Street, Rt. 1A, Plainville, MA, looks like a small store from the outside but when you get in there you will find little nooks and crannies chockablock full of stuff. 

Sandra at Gracefully Restored, 755 Wasington Street, Holliston, MA has a great eye for farmhouse chic. Her painted pieces are beautiful. The shop is sweet and sparks the imagination like crazy. The town boasts several other antique shops you'll want to budget time for, as well.

Winsmith Mill, 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA, houses several different shops all in one massive set of old mill buildings. This is a day trip. I could spend hours in there. The shops are actually spread out over two floors and three buildings.

More immediately local to me are the following places; 

Bernat Antiques,  89 Elmdale Road, Uxbridge, MA, is another lovely old mill building. They occupy the basement and first floor of the mill. There are tons of vendors in this establishment. This is their forth move since I have known them and the space is perfect.You can find just about anything there; primitive items, industrial, toys, ... you name it.

Joyful Things, 432 N.Main St, Uxbridge, MA, is a hop, skip and a jump from there. I always find fun and unusual things to look at when I stop in. It is a small shop but again, chockablock full of stuff.

And, Mary at Whitinsville Art & Antique Center, 202 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA,  has a varied selection of vendors who are constantly changing out their booths and adding more and more goodies. She happens to be neighbor but I don't see her much since she opened the shop so tell her I said hi when you stop in.

And if you're not looking for something that has been reworked, dusted off or cutely displayed Rustored Salvage, 201 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA, is a must. You can find old industrial lighting, wood mill carts, metal cabinets, mannequins. This is a new place to me and it did not disappoint. The hours are limited. Please check their Facebook page for information and times, as with all the businesses listed here.

This, of course, is not an exhaustive collection. I live in a great area for all kinds for treasures and new-to-me lovelies. If you're in the area these are some of the places I like to frequent. Not only can you find things to spark your creativity but if you're not a creative person, yet enjoy the work of those who are, you have to make a ride!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that if you like what you've seen here that you will follow the blog or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

~Happy Shopping! 

13 comments:

  1. Looks like some great shopping areas. Wish I didn't live so far away.

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    1. Me too, Sugar. I'm sure we would be great friends if you did!

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  2. Thank you. I am from Mass., but I moved to PA 12 years ago, but frequently go back to visit family. I am familiar with some of these you have mentioned,but now I have many more places to check out.
    thanks

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    1. I am glad you could visit with me and glad to steer you in the direction of some pretty fabulous shops in the area. I hope you stop by here again soon-both in Massachusetts and at While I Linger.

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  3. What a great list! Looking forward to checking some of these shops out. From NH but travel near many of these places fairly frequently. Thanks for posting. I love shopping at these kinds of shops and finding treasures to take home with me.
    Linda
    Mysewwhatblog

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    1. Thanks for spending some time with me, Linda. Glad the post can be of some help to you in your treasure hunts! I love the name of your blog... had to stop by and check it out and loved the post about the tea cup exchange! https://mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/tea-cups-are-on-my-mind.html

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  4. Hey Jolena....thanks so much for including Counting Sheep Antiques in this informative post. Great information for prospective customers. Sally

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    1. Hi, Sally! I love your shop! The setting and the cheery yellow color make me welcome everyone who pulls into the drive. I am happy to help other treasure hunters fine their way to you. Thank you stopping by and leaving me a message.

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  5. I am definitely pinning this as places to visit when I am in New England again. Thanks for the reviews of all those great sounding shops.

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    1. Hi, AnnMarie. Thank you for pinning and thank you for stopping by! Hope you get this way soon.

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  6. Jolena,you made me smile. I think I was born to shop as well. Once while shopping at a thrift a lady looked into my cart and asked if I was a 'professional' shopper. I laughed! Who knew there was such a thing. She told me I had found all the best things. Although we did not move around, I did not grow up with antiques, but our house was always decorated delightfully. All of my grandparents has passed by the time I was born, so I did not have heirlooms passed down to me. So where did my love of old come from? I'm not sure, but I love the charm and the stories, (even if made up by me) behind them. :) These sound wonderful. Pinning just in case I make it in your neck of the woods again. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Oh, Jann, I love the stories, as well. We live in such a rich area for that kind of thing. Maybe you should add professional shopper to your resume'. I have heard of professional shoppers before and thought "what a fabulous job"- kinda like being a ice cream or chocolate taste tester but without the calories! Where do you sign up for something like that? If you do make it up this way again give me a holler and we can go together. :)

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  7. Holy moly, you certainly have a mecca of vintage goods to peruse in your neck of the woods! I would love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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