While it’s not hard to find things to do on Cape Cod, it might be difficult to choose between all the options. From visiting Instagrammable spots to exploring Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, the Cape is full of experiences. And during your adventures, you can hunt for Cape Cod antiques.
When it comes to antiques in Massachusetts, the Cape has some of the best dealers and stores. We’ve organized a list of top-rated antique shops by region to help you search for treasures while seeing all that Cape Cod has to offer.
Best Antique Shops on Upper Cape Cod
In East Falmouth, Home Again is a cooperative of local artisans and collectors. Treasure hunters and antique lovers are bound to find something unique to take home or give as a gift — distinct lamps, pillows, wall hangings, and more.
Sandwich Antiques Center
As the home of the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Town of Sandwich is no stranger to collectibles and one-of-a-kind items. It’s also home to the Sandwich Antiques Center, which has been operating for more than 20 years.
This antique center is one of the largest antique venues in the area. However, it displays more than what you might refer to as traditional antiques. There’s everything from home accessories and jewelry to fine art and furniture.
Historical Antiques & Coins
Another spot in Sandwich, Historical Antiques & Coins is always looking for fascinating finds to replenish its inventory. And, boy, does it have a huge selection of antiques — coins, military relics, gold and silver items, jewelry, collectibles, advertising items, and more!
Shopping here is such a delight that you’ll want to return to see the new pieces that are on display.
Best Mid Cape Cod Antique Stores
If you’re looking for anything remotely cool, head to the Atomic Dimestore in Hyannis. This shop specializes in collectibles from the 1940s to 1980s, with a focus on clothes, glassware, pop culture, and other fun stuff from between the 1950s and 1970s.
Some other items that you’ll find include comics, monster magazines, like-new and sealed toys, lunchboxes, kitchenware, and small furnishings. Very little of the store’s inventory consists of reproductions.
The Atomic Dimestore doesn’t always open or close according to its posted hours. We recommend calling ahead before you visit to make sure it’s open — (508) 360-7217.
Plush & Plunder
For fine vintage clothing, check out Plush & Plunder in Hyannis. A self-proclaimed “Paradise to Explore,” we have to agree. This shop is full of decades-old hats, fur coats, jewelry, dresses and gowns, suits and tuxedos, and accessories. You’ll also find lamps, ceramics, glass, records, photos, and more.
Antiques Center of Yarmouth
As a large cooperative of vendors in West Yarmouth, the Antiques Center of Yarmouth has a huge selection of collectibles and antiques. From furniture to jewelry, you’re almost guaranteed to find a treasure to love. The shop is open all year and every day except Wednesday.
Picket Fence Vintage
Since June 2011, Picket Fence Vintage has been offering an array of eclectic and unique items. The store even had to expand in May 2016 to accommodate more than 750 square feet of vintage and antique items — home decor, women’s clothing, accessories, and nautical and shabby chic furniture.
Additionally, Picket Fence Vintage supports local businesses by selling handmade body lotions, candles, soaps, and more.
Best Shops for Lower Cape Cod Antiques
While you can find an antique store almost anywhere you go on the Cape, the highest concentration of Cape Cod antique stores is in the Lower Cape. You can easily make a whole day of seeing all the antiques Cape Cod offers at these stores.
Harwich Antiques Center
In West Harwich, the Harwich Antiques Center has recently made changes to its store and features a range of new merchandise. From discount to high-end prices, you’re sure to find something within your budget.
Among the various categories of antique and vintage items include cameras, coins, fine art, furniture, kitchen, lighting, military, nautical, repurposed, sports, tools, toys, and vinyl records.
In operation since 1959, Windsong Antiques is practically antique itself. This Harwich Port antique shop welcomes browsing guests, advanced collectors, and everyone in between.
On display are early American and English glass of all kinds, English ceramics from the 18th and 19th centuries, and American pottery from the 19th and 20th centuries. It also has country furniture, estate jewelry, postcards, art and prints, and more.
Maps of Antiquity
Offering a worldwide selection of antique charts, maps, and prints, Maps of Antiquity in Chatham specializes in items related to the Northeast, particularly New York and New England. You can shop map cases and tables, antique atlases and postcards, and geographical and historical books as well.
Monomoy Salvage Antiques & Gifts
Perhaps one of the most friendly places to buy Cape Cod antiques is at Monomoy Salvage Antiques & Gifts in Chatham. You have owner Carol Sherman to thank for that because she loves helping her customers find what they’re interested in.
Carol’s specialties are decorative, fun, and unique pieces. She has advertising signs, classic toys, baseball memorabilia, figures, nautical instruments, and much more!
Kahn Fine Antiques
If you’re looking for the best in antiques in the Lower Cape, you won’t have any complaints at Kahn Fine Antiques in Chatham. This shop was awarded the Gold Award in 2021 for Best Antiques of the Year in the Lower Cape by Cape Cod Life Magazine.
For more than 20 years, Richard Kahn has been sharing his passion for history and even goes out of his way to research antiques for customers. He’s so infamous that celebrities, historical societies, and museums are among his clients. It’s absolutely amazing to peruse his shop.
Stepping into Wisteria Antiques is like a dream. The lavender Victorian mansion in Brewster is full of color and history, from hand-painted Limoges porcelain and vintage Venetian glass to dazzling costume jewelry and sparkling chandeliers.
Every nook and cranny has an antique on display, and classical music plays softly while you look around.
You’ll always find some new relics at Wayne’s Antiques in Brewster, so this is a shop that you want to go treasure hunting in more than once. From furniture to figurines to art, many of the items are one-of-a-kinds. You can explore the shop Thursday through Sunday.
The MEWS at Brewster Antiques
From classic collectors’ items to rare finds, The MEWS at Brewster Antiques is unlike the other Brewster antique shops. It’s a cooperative of dealers, each of which has its own specialty. As a result, the selection is quite impressive. What they all have in common, though, is a Cape Cod feeling.
The MEWS is open Monday through Friday from May to mid-June. Outside of that, we recommend calling to make sure it’s open before going — (508) 896-4887.
What started as Cape Cod Modern on Etsy has become a physical location in Orleans. Nauset Vintage has clothing, furniture, home decor, and vinyl records, many of which you can see in the Etsy store. If you decide to shop online, you can get curbside pickup. But, in-store shopping is a lot more fun!
Best Outer Cape Cod Stores for Antiques
Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association
OK, we know this isn’t an antique store, but we couldn’t ignore the CCADA’s Antique Shows. The organization hosts two main events on Cape Cod — one in early July and another in early August. Some antique dealers only sell at these shows, so it’s the only time to peruse their items.
Typically, the events host more than 30 quality dealers from across Cape Cod. You’ll find a wide variety of antiques from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries — from decorative items and books to glassware and furniture.
Curiouser & Curiouser
Although Curiouser & Curiouser in Wellfleet isn’t specifically an antique store, it has a selection of ethically sourced and environmentally sustainable antique and vintage home goods. Also, you can check out its mix of organic items, handcrafted accessories, organic skin care, and much more.
Jules Besch Stationers
Jules Besch Stationers in Truro is another shop that sells more than antiques. In fact, it specializes in fine stationery and is one of the best in New England. Although the collection of antiques is limited to writing instruments, it’s certainly worth visiting if that interests you.
While there are a handful of places to get Cape Cod antiques in Provincetown, one of our favorites is Provincetown Antiques. The store has an extensive inventory of antique accessories, art and pottery, books, clocks, coins and medals, glass, jewelry, maps, scientific instruments, toys, and the list goes on.
For more than 10 years, Provincetown Antiques has been dedicated to providing quality and originality so that all of its customers can find treasures to take home or find gifts for someone special.
Best Place to Stay While Shopping Cape Cod Antiques
Antiquing is a fun activity, but you’ll want a comfortable place to relax afterward. Candleberry Inn is just as full of history as the Cape Cod antiques that you’ll find. Dating back to the 1800s, the main house is decorated with family heirlooms and antiques too.
Even though you’ll be surrounded by history, all of the rooms and suites at Candleberry feature modern amenities. We serve an awesome gourmet breakfast every morning, so you can get energized for your antiquing excursions. Check our availability to book your stay today!