With summer coming to a close and Decorative Gourd Season fast approaching, many have their eyes set on making plans for fall. While some see this as an optimal time for apple picking and hayrides, collectors and pickers know this is also the best time for antiquing. Not only is the weather optimal (not too hot and not too cold), but it’s also one of the few times of the year when dealers gather in various parts of the country to showcase their best inventory.
Whether you’re looking to furnish your own home or sourcing pieces for a refurbishing or restoration business, fall is a great time of year to find one-of-a-kind pieces ripe for the picking. But why limit your search to local areas? This country is filled with incredible antique shops waiting to be explored. Plus, uShip makes it easy and affordable to find transporters who can deliver your finds directly to you.
Here we take a look at five antiquing destinations to explore this fall. Which one will you visit first?
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Every September, this Lancaster County town (aka “Antiques Capital, USA”) holds the Antique Extravaganza where collectors can find dozens of antique shops, outdoor markets, and dealers from across the US. While this is a great antique destination any time of year, the Extravaganza is where you’ll find the biggest selection and the best bargains. Can’t make it this fall? The festival also happens in April and June.
Mad Hatter Antique Mall captured by Mila Atelier on Instagram.
NEW ORLEANS, LA
As one of America’s first and most important port cities, it’s no surprise why so many collectors travel to the Big Easy to treasure hunt. Countless explorers and traders from around the world have traveled through New Orleans, leaving behind relics that have stood the test of time. And with so many incredible antique shops scattered across its most popular neighborhoods, it’s easy to have a good time in between all the shopping.
Merchant House on Instagram.
PALM SPRINGS, CA
For collectors whose sweet spot is mid-century design with a funky flair, Palm Springs is the ultimate antiquing destination. A vintage mecca where the rich and famous have been playing for years, it’s easy to find luxurious second-hand wares and barely-sat-on furniture spread out across local resale and vintage shops. Don’t forget your sunscreen though because this desert town can sometimes feel like an endless summer.
Antique Galleries Palm Springs on Instagram.
ROUND TOP, TX
In a state that loves to boast about its size, the Round Top Antiques Fair is no different. Held multiple times throughout the year, this two-week antique festival and collectors destination is where you’ll find hundreds of different vendors selling vintage goods from across the country (and Europe). Ooh la la!
Bader Ranch at Round Top on Instagram.
The midwest is so synonymous with antiquing that it’s almost a shame to pick just one destination. But if you have to choose, why not go straight to the heart? In this case, the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield. While there are great antiques all over Ohio, this is where you’re sure to find 122,000 sq. ft. of quality antiques, vintage furniture, and so much more. You never know, you may even find your ride home.
A Cushman Eagle Motor Bike found at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center. View on Instagram.
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