Old Treasures in The Valley

Here in the Deerfield Valley, like many small towns have some shopping as an alternative for those that may not always want to be outdoors. Here in New England every place you go has so much history. There is so much to learn, and while the valley has had some changes. Deerfield valley is for many like taking a step back in time. One of the greatest parts about coming here to shop or learn about some history is that you can take a piece home with you. From flea markets to thrift stores to antique shops to yard sales the places are plentiful with antiques from the area.

            Antique is a noun, adjective and verb. It is a collectible object that has high value because of its age, belonging to ancient times and a way of shopping. Wilmington was chartered in 1751. Many of the earlier settlers were from Massachusetts and Connecticut. With rich soil and timber abundant with sugar maples. The town was bountiful of farms and maple syrup. While there is still plenty of farm fresh food and places to get maple syrup, now you can get a piece of history from how these things came to be.

            Whether you like the look, history or glimpse back at the “good old days” the valley has something for everyone. There is a certain mystique of items you acquire when antiquing. Where was it? Why was it abandoned by its original owner? Is it something you have never seen before? What was it used for? How old is it? One of the coolest things about antiquing is that you have the opportunity to learn. You could find yourself learning about the history of a place or object or learn about something you didn’t even knew existed.  Locally there are many places you can acquire these items.

            Chapman’s Antiques located in downtown Wilmington is a storefront where you can find a wide range of antiques. After years of collecting Lenny and Dianne Chapman made their dreams become a reality when they opened their store in 2004. The building itself is full of history and when you are in Chapman’s Lenny and Dianne are a wealth of knowledge and have a real passion for the items that they sell. They are open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.  They are open later during special events and are always open by appointment at 802-464-8344.

            Just down the road you can find Wilmington’s other antique store Tallulah’s. Located on Route 9 East on the corner of route 100 in a vintage red barn that was once an old sugarhouse. This is a three story shop with 35 dealers selling antiques, art, clothing, furniture, jewelry, rugs and much more. Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm or by appointment call 802- 464- 8417, closed Tuesday.

            The other place right here in Wilmington to find antiques is the Wilmington Antique and Flea Market. Held from May through October on Saturdays and Sundays and Mondays Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Vendors are set up from 8 am – 4 pm. Although, the flea market does not have set hours and is contingent on the weather. The market was established in 1983 the flea market is a destination for locals and tourists. You can find a wide variety of antiques, crafters, agriculture, food, plants and artisan crafts.

            Just a short drive away is the Townshend Auction gallery. The owners have been in business for 25 years and have many years of experience in liquidating estates and antiques. They are always accepting antiques from one item to entire estates.  They specialize in antique furniture, housewares, jewelry, art and much more located at 683 Route 30 and some on site auctions. The auctions are well attended and happen every week at 10 am, primarily at the auction house. For more info visit townshendauctions.com or call 802-365-4388.

            With such a strong history it is truly special that you are able to take a piece of Vermont’s history home with you. Antiques are becoming increasingly popular New England is a prime spot for antique hunters. Whether your young or old, local or visiting The Deerfield Valley has some truly unique items for sale.