Antiqing in PA
January 28, 2011 8:49 AM   Subscribe

Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go?

I'm taking a trip up from DC into Pennsylvania to outfit the house some. Interested in antiques or well made furniture. I could make it anywhere in the state if you've got specific recommendations. Thanks.
posted by princelyfox to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Adamstown. Many spots right off PA Tpk.
posted by fixedgear at 9:05 AM on January 28, 2011

Center City Philly has an "antique row" you could check out, as well as more high end design and vintage furniture shops in the Old City section (both are close to one another).
posted by orme at 9:07 AM on January 28, 2011

posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:40 AM on January 28, 2011

Seconding Adamstown (Warning: irritating auto-playing audio!). There are several antique malls and shops along Route 272. Sunday is the day to go, because Renningers and Black Angus will be open; there are several smaller antique malls along that route, like like Mad Hatter Antiques, Adams Antique and the Lancaster County Antiques Co-Op. If you go in the spring/summer, you can also hit Shupps Grove.
posted by MegoSteve at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2011 [2 favorites]

Shoemakersville, near Hamburg. There is a fantastic shop at the corner of Miller & Main.
posted by gyusan at 11:00 AM on January 28, 2011

There is the Zionsville Antique Mall along route 100 which is fantastic. Quakertown has a bunch of places too, along the main street. The south eastern and central part of the state has a lot of small, old towns that usually have cute and decent restaraunts.

Any trip along a state route in PA will offer up a lot of tasty junk, to be honest. The more rural the better. However, they are more like old stuff stores, than antiques. A lot of the stuff isn't super valuable but it is interesting.
posted by godshomemovies at 11:07 AM on January 28, 2011

The Colonial Furniture Company is my parent's business in Freeburg, PA.

They manufacture fine furniture in Central PA and have a nice store and large outlet.

(sorry for the obvious bias)
posted by davidvanb at 11:28 AM on January 28, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks all for your answers so far. I think I'm looking for more Amish furniture than antiques if that helps.
posted by princelyfox at 11:38 AM on January 28, 2011

Horning's Furniture in Annville, PA. It's on Route 322 just east of Hershey and Palmyra.

Peacefully Valley Furniture looks to have a lot of Amish stuff too, and it's more in the heart of Amish country.

You may get a lot of mileage about of the Shaker Shoppe too.

Note that these aren't exactly located all that close to each other. Getting from the first to the second will take about 30 minutes, and it's that far again from the second to the third. Going straight from the first to last is more like 45-60 minutes.
posted by valkyryn at 12:23 PM on January 28, 2011

Oh, I see that Peaceful Valley is also in Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, so those are a bit closer.
posted by valkyryn at 12:24 PM on January 28, 2011

Kinda surprised nobody's mentioned New Hope yet. It's the first place that comes to my mind when I think "antiques".
posted by scalefree at 1:07 PM on January 28, 2011

The Green Dragon - 955 North State Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
They're only open on Fridays
posted by jaimystery at 3:07 PM on January 28, 2011

Green Dragon is a cool flea market, but I don't think you're going to find much in the way of nice furniture. Belt buckles and knives, yes.

I was at a place in Manheim, PA (about 20mins north of Lancaster) called Echoes from the Past the other weekend. It's a few barns which are loaded with older furnishings and scraps that this older couple has gathered from estate sales. I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, and there's a lot of junk to wade through, but it's got a lot of charm and definitely worth a visit if you're nearby.
posted by pilibeen at 3:14 PM on January 28, 2011

If you ever do go to New Hope, take a trip just over the bridge to Lambertville, NJ. It's literally right there, and the town has a lot of furniture and antique shops, as well as famous auction houses and the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market (and indoor marketplace).

Personally, I can vouch for the greatness of the aforementioned Zionsville Antique Mall and the Quakertown Antique Mall. I can't really comment on the availability of Amish furniture, though, since I don't typically look for furnishings when I go antiquing.
posted by Mael Oui at 9:08 PM on January 28, 2011

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