First off, thank you so much for all of your comments on my “moving story“. I especially feel so loved by those in Minnesota who have welcomed our family to your gorgeous state. We are really looking forward to moving there and I hope to befriend some of you. I need some shopping buddies and friends for “art dates”!
I know you’re all dying to see the house and I’m dying to share it, but I’m going to wait until the keys are in hand and it officially belongs to us. That is scheduled to happen next week, so it won’t be long.
While we’re all waiting, I thought I would share something many people have been asking me to share – my favorite shopping spots in the South Central PA area. Since I won’t be hitting those up any time soon, I can dish all of the details!
I’ll break this up into two posts based on geography, so it’s not quite so overwhelming.
I lived just north of Gettysburg, PA and shopped in a about an hour radius, almost like a circuit. I would hit my favorite places in one direction and would then go the other direction on my next outing. This meant that there would be 8-12 weeks between each visit, so there was plenty of time for inventory turnover. (In most cases. There are some booths that have looked exactly the same for 11 years!)
I’m going to start with North & East, probably my two favorite directions for shopping in that area.
Rebel’s Roost in Gettysburg
For me, this was a great place for smalls. Over the years, I’ve picked up lots of ironstone, typewriters, scales, baskets, and quilts. One of my favorite pickers is a vendor there and she has sold me a lot of great stuff for Lucketts and my online shop. There are many vendors and a nice variety of styles represented.
Shelley’s Country Nook in Gettysburg
This is a killer place for salvage. I have bought many doors, shutters, window, lathe strips, galvanized pieces, etc. there. I also like to pick through their hardware bins inside and have found antique sets of casters and handles. If you’re looking for old farm sinks, corbels, cabinet doors, barn wood, etc…you’ll want to pay the husband and wife team who runs it a visit.
D&L Treasures in New Oxford
This is my go-to place for furniture. They have rows and rows of old, wood furniture and their prices are fantastic. You do have to dig and get a little dirty, but it’s well worth it. Prices can start as low as $40 for a dresser, but most that I buy fall between $60-200.
This is an antique mall that is a pretty decent size. I usually find a good mix there, but I have noticed that some of my favorite vendors have moved out, so I don’t find quite as much as I used to. It’s still worth a stop, though!
My most recent find was this mail sorter for $90…
…and I bought the pair of hardware cabinets from there for Lucketts last year…
This is one of my favorites. It’s huge and has so many great vendors. The prices can be all over the place from outrageously high to outrageously low. You just have to have the patience to look through each space. Since I’ve shopped there so much, I’m pretty keyed in on the booths I like the best. I find everything there from furniture to smalls (lots of ironstone) and I often fill my van and have to call my dad to come for back-up with his truck!
I bought my art cabinet as well as my “birthday quilt” from there, both earlier this year.
This is another favorite! It is two stories packed with antiques and I never walk away empty handed. Like Lemoyne, I find a mix of smalls and furniture. One of my recent finds was this old base cabinet I bought for $40…
…and I spruced it up and paired it with a hutch-top I bought off of craigslist.
StoneHouse Road Vintage Antiques in Carlisle
This business is run by an antiquing duo who have an amazing eye for finds and displays. I have bought a lot of my petticoats and linens there, along with ironstone, furniture, primitives, and baskets. For Lucketts, I bought this trunk…
…and this amazing primitive cabinet.
This is a little hole-in-the-wall place that is off the side of the road. It is such a gem, though. I drove past it for years without ever stopping in, if you can believe that! I’m so glad I finally did, though, because the proprietress has a great eye and fair prices. I pretty much cleaned out her Civil War era flatware in one trip…
…and I also bought this industrial cart there.
It’s a small place, but it never disappoints.
A few tips for shopping my honey holes…
- There are people who live local to me who say they don’t find the kind of things I find when they shop at the same places. I do think you have to develop a bit of an eye to find what you’re looking for. Everyone is going to see a different treasure and that is part of what makes antiquing fun, but also a little challenging.
- Most of these places will give a 10% discount off purchases over a certain amount and if you pay with cash or check. Just ask!
- Not every booth is going to have the kind of antiques you like and it may take a couple of visits before you really hone in on the ones who share your tastes. Get to know those vendors, if you can! They will often let you know when new inventory arrives that they think you would like.
I’ll share South and West next time!
PS – This is not an extensive list of all of the wonderful shops in my local area. These are just the ones I hit on my regular shopping circuit when I’m ramping up for a show.