Touted years ago by The New York Times as “the closest thing to antiques heaven”—thanks to the region’s “excellent prices, great scenery, and, in terms of merchandise, a little of almost everything”—the mid-Hudson Valley, roughly 100 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan, still has it all: expertly curated boutiques (with price tags to match), just a short drive from packed-to-the-gills junk shops that require a bit of digging but also offer incredible bargains. Here are seven shops well worth the stop.
Warren Street, the main drag through Hudson is chockablock with antiques stores, mostly high-end spots stocked with impressive goods. This cavernous shop boasts beautifully staged vignettes with mid-century modern dining sets, recovered antique wing chairs, and more spread through 7,000 square feet. Hudson Supermarket, 310 Warren Street, Hudson
Further east on Warren Street you’ll come across this gorgeous storefront, stocked with beautiful rustic wooden tables, white stoneware pitchers, hotel silver, and luxurious French linens. Red Chair’s owner, Jocie Sinauer, focuses on Swedish, Belgian and French antiques and travels to Europe often to pick up 17th, 18th and 19th century wares. Red Chair, 606 Warren Street, Hudson
Across the Hudson River and a bit north of Hudson, the Coxsackie Antique Center is a destination in and of itself. With more than 100 vendors under one roof, this mall has something for everybody, from killer industrial furniture to antique lighters, shaving brushes and jewelry. The folks here have a super-strict no-repro policy, and though individual collectors outfit their booths, the staff is quite knowledgeable about what they have on hand. Coxsackie Antique Center, Coxsackie
For an impressive array of architectural salvage—oversize Gothic church windows, vintage claw-foot bathtubs, old-school appliances, antique chandeliers—along with furniture, collectibles and more, head to Zaborski, west of the river and south of Coxsackie in Kingston. This place is quite literally an emporium: a huge warehouse with multiple levels you can easily get lost in. The owner, lovingly referred to as “Stan the Junk Man” has pretty unbelievable finds stashed at every turn. Zaborski Emproium, 27 Hoffman Street, Kingston
Only open Friday through Sunday, junkaholics will adore this stop just off Route 9. Shop the yard, full of weathered shutters, metal garden furniture, and farming implements, before making your way into the barn, where you’ll pass though aisles of glassware, collectibles and books before making your way back to their low-priced antique furniture. Hoffman’s Barn, 19 Old Farm Road, Red Hook
Located in an old carriage house in Salt Point (a 38-mile drive south of Hudson), this longstanding shop is a bit off the beaten path. Like a more-curated Zaborski, rooms in Bottle Shop are devoted to specific finds (kitchen utensils, for instance, or barware). There’s even a room dedicated to, yep, antique and vintage bottles. 2552 US-44, Salt Point
Just a dozen miles west, in Hyde Park, sits this sprawling 9,500-square-foot facility. This is another classic antiques-mall set up, with individually sourced booths from a variety of vendors. In need of inspiration? Visit former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s lifelong home, Springwood, right on the water. Hyde Park Antiques Center, 4183 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park