In a region steeped in so much history, no wonder Central New York communities contain so many rare and unique antiques. Visit “Main Street” in most any town to get a classic shopping experience, whether you’re perusing old or new items.
From antique dealers by the dozens (even thousands) to gift shops galore, Central New York offers a surprising shopping variety.
In Port Crane, Windy Hill Candle Factory specializes in retro candies that are hard to find anywhere else. There collectible retro candies are referred to as “Candyland” and was designed to help adults find their favorite candies from their younger years. The Factory also sells candles, homemade soaps and air fresheners.
The Parson’s Daughter in Norwich also houses old-time delicious confections, perfect for any sweet treat desire. The charming boutique sells premium chocolate along with antique home décor.
The Potting Shed in Whitesboro includes two levels with six showrooms for visitors to browse through. For over 40 years, the full line antiques shop has sold china, furniture, coins, glass and stoneware.
The Potting Shed buys silver, gold and U.S. coins. With years of experience in handling high quality antiques, the Potting Shed offers some of the most desired and unique pieces for a great price.
Follow the vintage streetlights down “Antique Row,” an eclectic collection of as many as 30 dealers on Clinton Street near downtown Binghamton. The city also offers a variety of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.
Take an old-school cruise down the U.S. Route 20 Scenic Byway and pull into a few of the antique shops that dot the roadside. A throwback to the pre-Interstate days of American travel, this historic path crosses right through the heart of Central New York. We promise you won’t leave empty handed.
Route 20 is also home to Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, the largest event of its kind in New York state. With more than 2,000 dealers descending on Madison County each August, it would be a challenge for any antique enthusiast not to leave town with something.
Selling primitive collectibles and furniture, Canal House Antiques is an old country store on Route 20 that you won’t want to miss. They also have linens, jewelry and oil memorabilia.
The Depot Antique Gallery is also on Route 20 and hosts the Spring Hop Shop. Surrounding antiques shops and local artisans participate in the event and display their finest antiques, art pieces, jewelry, furniture and collectibles.
A second Antique Week was recently added in June and many antique shops around the site are open year round.
Head to Otsego County to visit Cooperstown Bat, which houses a collection of baseball bats. Some of these collectable bats were once held by America’s greatest baseball players and are sold in stores and online. The shop currently makes professional quality game use bats for players of all ages.
Make some time to buy in Central New York. Whether hunting for antiques, crafts or bargains, it’s time well spent.