To some people, antiques are just old stuff. But to others, they are beautiful pieces of history that deserve to be cherished and displayed. If you're in the latter group, then you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of great places to go antiquing in the beautiful state of Delaware–and fall is the perfect time to go!
One of the best things about antiquing is that you never know what you might find. A trip to an antique shop or market can yield all sorts of treasures. If you're ready to spend a day (or two) poking around local antique shops near Delaware's beaches, here are some of the best places to check out.
What Is Antiquing?
The term "antiquing" can mean different things to different people. For some, it simply refers to the act of shopping for antiques. But for others, it's a bit more specific. Antiquing generally refers to the collecting and selling of antique items – usually those that are at least 100 years old. There are all sorts of different antiques that you can collect. Here are a few popular categories:
- Paintings and other works of art
- Clocks and watches
- Dolls and toys
- Sports memorabilia
The value of an antique can vary greatly, depending on its age, condition, rarity, and provenance. Of course, you don't need to be a collector to enjoy antiquing. You can still appreciate the beauty and history of these items, even if you're just looking to buy a few unique pieces as decor for your home.
But if you're interested in collecting antiques as an investment, then it's important to do your research before making a purchase. Some items can be very overpriced, and it's easy to get taken advantage of if you're not familiar with the market. And in other cases, you might discover a real gem that's worth far more than you ever expected!
The Different Types of Antique Shops
There are all sorts of places where you can buy antiques. The type of shop you choose will likely depend on what you're looking for, as well as your budget. Here are a few of the most common types of antique shops:
Independent Stores: These are small businesses, typically run by knowledgeable owners who are passionate about their items.
Flea Markets: These are large outdoor markets where vendors sell all sorts of new and used goods, including antiques and collectibles.
Auction Houses: Auction houses sell items that have been put up for auction by private sellers. Be prepared to pay more than you would at a flea market or independent store.
Thrift Stores: These retail establishments sell new and used items and are typically run by charities, so they're a great option if you're looking for affordable antiques.
Garage sales and estate sales:Moving sales, yard sales and estate sales are a great way to find cheap antiques, but you'll need to be patient and keep your eyes peeled for treasures.
Online antique stores: Online antique stores allow you to buy items from dealers in the comfort of your own home. But you may have to bid against other buyers and you'll need to be careful to avoid scams.
The Best Places to Go Antiquing on the Coast in Delaware
Now that you know a bit more about antiquing, it's time to start planning your trip! There are plenty of great places to go antiquing on the coast in Delaware. From Bethany Beach to Lewes, Rehoboth Beach to Milton, there are all sorts of great shops and markets to explore.
Here are a few of the best places to go antiquing on the coast in Delaware:
Heritage Antiques Market: Located in Lewes, DE offers "Something For Everyone." The huge, 10,000 square foot showroom is brimming with everything from light fixtures and furniture, to pottery, paintings, and more. Their selection changes daily, so there's always something new to see!
Beaman's Old & Gnu Antiques: Another Lewes, DE favorite, this shop pairs old with new (just like their name says) by offering classic antiques, along with upcycled and repurposed items. They also offer custom handmade pieces of pine furniture.
The Mercantile at Milton: If you're looking for a unique shopping experience, head down to historic Milton. With 50 different dealers, you're sure to find something special. Plus the charming old street adds to the overall experience.
Seaquels Furniture Consignments: Bethany Beach, DE is home to this great consignment shop that specializes in upscale furniture and home decor. You'll love the nautical flair and beachy vibe of this shop!
Cape May Antique Center: Located in the heart of Cape May, DE, over 70 vendors display a massive range of merchandise including military collectibles, sports memorabilia, vintage cameras, furniture, garden items and much more. This one is definitely worth a trip!
Past and Present Gifts & Collectibles: We adore the ever-changing coastal and country themed inventory of this Millsboro, DE shop. From Americana to nautical, you're sure to find something special whether you're looking for a new piece or a vintage treasure.
Life in Coastal Delaware
Sand, salty air and small town charm – life on the Delaware coast offers friendly historic towns, beachside communities and plenty of tax and retirement benefits. And, whether you're in search of a summer getaway or a permanent escape from the hustle and bustle, Caruso Homes has the perfect new home community for you.
Just minutes from all the wonderful antiquing, dining and beach fun, Caruso Homes offers two beautiful communities on the Delaware coast.
Ingrams Point holds 129 new construction home sites along a wooded backdrop. Streams, parks and nature trails around Ingrams Pond create a serene setting for this Millsboro, DE community which is just 30 minutes from Bethany Beach. Caruso Homes recently opened a new model home at this community, so be sure to call ahead and make an appointment to stop by for a visit.
Whichever community you choose, Caruso Homes gives you several well-designed floor plans to choose from that you can customize for your family's needs.
Or, if you prefer something off the beaten path, or closer to the beaches, check out Caruso Homes build On Your Lot program and build a home exactly where your heart desires. Ready to start your new coastal Delaware life? We're here to help! Contact us today for more information on Caruso Homes new construction homes in Delaware.