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Antiques abound on the Cape and Islands

Cape Cod has more antique shops per square mile than anywhere else in the Northeast!

Inside an antiques shop on Cape Cod

Old King's Highway (historic Route 6A) stretches for 35 miles along the north side of the Cape from Sagamore to Orleans. With more than 50 antique shops, this road has long been known as “Antiques Row.” Part of the charm of this road is that many of the antique shops are housed in antique homes or their outbuildings. In fact, a Smithsonian Magazine writer said about Route 6A, "this may be the most appealing stretch of America I know."

When venturing out from your Cape Cod vacation rental, don’t confine your search to just the main roads such as Route 6A and Route 28 (which also host a nice selection of shops from Falmouth to Orleans). You might be as likely to find an antique shop in a barn behind an historic home off the beaten track. Antique shops on the back roads remain some of the best-kept secrets.

A good place to begin looking for Cape and Islands antique shops is at the Cape Cod Antiques Dealers Association.

The Annual Cape Cod Antiques Dealers Association summer show will be held at Nauset Middle School in Orleans July 31st and August 1st. Many historical societies on Cape Cod host large outdoor antique shows and sales. The Eastham Hostorical Society sponsors an antique show and sale on the lawn of the School House Museum on August 8th. The Osterville Historical Society outdoor show is August 13th, Barnstable on August 14th and 15th, and Falmouth on August 29th.

The Harwich Historial Society holds an indoor show and sale at the Harwich Community Center on September 5th and the Chatham Community Antiques Show and Sale is on September 19th.

Out on the Islands, you’ll find antique shops in each of Martha’s Vineyard’s six main towns as well as scattered along the meandering Island roads. The Martha's Vineyard Antique Association holds a weekly antique sale at Grange Hall in West Tisbury every Friday from mid-June through early September. On Nantucket, along with antique shops, the Nantucket Historical Association offers a prestigious antique show each August that includes such items as European and American art, antique furniture, folk art and nautical themed pieces.

In addition, Cape Cod and the Islands are home to many bookshops specializing in used and rare edition books, as well as shops offering old maps.

While traveling among the antique shops and sales in the area, you will come across a variety of treasures ranging from vintage postcards to antique furniture to folk art to unusual and unique items.

Next time you are on the hunt for antiques, choose to stay in a Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket vacation rental and spend a weekend or a week exploring the multitude of antique shops throughout the Cape & Islands.

About Elizabeth Weedon

About Elizabeth Weedon: I have worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2008, and I've been a loyal homeowner listed on the site since early 1998. An enthusiastic member of the Homeowner Support Team, I provide fellow Cape and Islands vacation rental homeowners with advice about online marketing and rental management techniques to ensure them a successful rental experience each season. In addition to phone and email support to our homeowners, I also create and edit much of the content on our website, as well as our Homeowner Blog and monthly newsletters. I am also the Press & PR Coordinator for the company, responsible for drafting our press releases and responding to press inquiries and interviews. I grew up summering on the Vineyard, where I have managed my family's rental home since the mid-1980's, and I'm passionately devoted to the Island. My husband and I live in Wellesley where we have raised our 2 grown kids and our Black Lab, Maisie.