Recent years have been hostile to the antique trade. Today’s new owners are no longer interested in stemware, bric-a-brac, framed oils and other nostalgic items that wowed previous generations – that’s what many of the antique shops on the shore say. that we visited for this survey. But that’s good news for anyone looking to grab some reasonably priced household collectibles, including newly sought after items like vinyls.
Browsing one of the stores featured here can be a rewarding way to spend a cloudy day on the shore or take shelter from the sun for a few hours of boating. Shops tend to be clustered in certain towns, for example at Point Pleasant Beach, so that you can easily shop around for several interesting destinations. And remember the prices are always negotiable, which is half the fun. (Prices and specific items cited here are based on multiple month visits; there can be no assurance that these items will always be available.)
413 Allen Ave Allenhurst
Chris Myer describes his business, located in a former plumbing supply store, as “not stuffy.” It would be justified to just call her amusing. Goodies like vinyl records, movie posters, toys, and pop culture items line the maze-shaped walkways. Myer’s strong point is art; it presents a collection of paintings of all styles in the range of $ 100 to $ 4000. The 14,000 square foot center also features vintage clothing curated by Laurie Smith, a vendor from nearby Loch Arbor. Fun find: Several shelves of colorful cast iron doorstops, including dogs, horses, and flower baskets, several from Hubley, and most over $ 100. Open daily, 11-5.
13 Front Street West · Keyport
The largest of Keyport’s many antique shops, this establishment is filled with an array of items from 17 merchants crammed into narrow aisles and crowded nooks and crannies. It’s a good place to search for vinyl records, vintage clothing, guitars, camera lenses, housewares, and more. Walk backwards for larger furniture. Fun Find: A 42 x 30 inch framed print of an enlarged Eiffel Tower postcard ($ 45). Open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11-6; Sunday, 11-4.
27 Monmouth Street · Red bank
Friendly and visibly clean – you might even call it stylish – this downtown store is a staple on any Red Bank shopping spree. The tidy displays feature vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares and furniture from around 15 dealers. Don’t miss the collection of meticulously restored steam trunks by regional craftsman James Rinaldi, starting at around $ 175. Fun find: A 1946 Underwood typewriter ($ 75). Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, noon-5.
608 Arnold Avenue · Pointe Pleasant Beach
Housed in a former Woolworth’s, this downtown landmark is not to be missed. Point Pavilion offers a wide variety of products from 50 to 60 dealers on two floors. In addition to the expected housewares and bric-a-brac, you’ll find an abundance of antique clothing, Lionel trains and vinyl records. Fun discovery: a pair of Yellow submarine high top sneakers from Vans off the Wall ($ 135). Open daily, 10-6.
195 Front Street West; 226 Front Street West · Red bank
Though shrunk from three buildings to two, this Red Bank destination, with a combined total of over 100 vendors, remains a mind-blowing experience for even the most dedicated sailors. Building III can feel cramped and crowded, but worth exploring for finds like a mid-century modern bar with an orange Formica top ($ 400). Building II is more spacious and easier to navigate, and accommodates repair specialists, including jewelry expert Jimmy Boccan (Wednesday-Saturday) and toy specialist Michael Geary (Friday only). Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon-5.
646 Cookman Avenue · Asbury Park
As you might expect, this large downtown boutique has a hipster vibe, with lots of antique clothing, costume jewelry, and vinyl records. Located on the main shopping and dining street of Asbury Park (just across the road from the Temple of Knowledge of Madame Marie), the emporium is a must visit on any day trip to this liveliest destination on the coast. . Here, people watching can be as entertaining as it is browsing. Fun find: a 1961 Alfred E. Newman weather vane (metal with wood base, $ 475), shown with others Mad memorabilia from magazines. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon-5.
742, seaside path · Cape May
“We see ourselves as an old-fashioned antique store,” says Toni Victor, one of four merchants pictured in this two-story clapboard house, herself a late 19th-century survivor. In this case, “old school” means carefully curated collections of vintage housewares, framed prints, and furniture, beautifully displayed in two floors of themed rooms. Other dealers include Larry Frankel, a resident of Margate, whose salvaged and restored stained glass windows (many in their original frames) sell for $ 60 and up. Open daily, 10-4 (in season).
150 S. New York Street · Galloway
This massive shopping experience – 21,000 square feet, 65 vendors – can be added to any visit to Historic Smithville, just south. There is an endless selection of housewares, furniture, artwork, clocks and jewelry. A pair of bright Arthur Wood Staffordshire dogs in white and cobalt blue was reasonably priced at $ 189. Fun Finds: A vintage bottle of milk from Honeker’s Dairy in North Bergen ($ 29.95) and a 1964 Garden State Tercentenary Decanter ($ 29). Open daily, 10-6.
622 Trenton Ave · Pointe Pleasant Beach
Spacious and easy to navigate, the 10,000 square foot emporium is packed with merchandise from over 40 dealers, including several displays of baseball collectibles. There are more choices on the upstairs balcony, including a selection of large American flags starting at $ 59. Fun discovery: a chrome-style Art-Deco cocktail shaker with five ruby red stemmed glasses ($ 45). Open daily, 11-5.
36 Front Street West · Keyport
Collections of about 20 merchants fill two windows of this inviting 5,000 square foot emporium in Keyport’s informal antique district, just one block from the Raritan Bay waterfront pier. Here you’ll find plenty of vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares, and new gift items, along with an abundance of metal toys. Most fascinating is the case of ancient military artifacts, including bayonets, helmets, gourds and mess kits from the two world wars. Fun find: A circa 1870 US Army leather pouch and suede gloves ($ 200). Open Tuesday through Thursday, noon-5; Friday-Saturday, noon-6; Sunday, noon-5.
614 Trenton Ave · Pointe Pleasant Beach
Immediately adjacent to Point Pleasant Antique Emporium, Canvas House is notable for its large collection of rustic country and farmhouse furniture, most of which has been restored and all meticulously displayed. You will find a variety of benches, storage chests, tables and pie boxes. Among the more unusual items: a well-worn Windsor-style children’s high chair ($ 420) and a 6-foot-long heavy-plank folding table ($ 565). There is more upstairs, including a display of newly remodeled barn wood farm tables from Country Cupboards (starting at around $ 498). Open daily, 11-5.
202 West 28th Street · Ship bottom (LBI)
Owner Helen Matlaga admits it’s “hard to part with” the vintage items she’s amassed for over two decades. But here they are, nicely displayed in her charming little LBI boutique. Children’s sand buckets from the 1920s to the 1970s are a specialty; at any time, Matlaga has around sixty in-store, ranging from $ 30 to $ 500. “They are expensive little devils,” she admits. Matlaga also favors nautical items, including duck decoys, lanterns, and large wooden ship wheels (starting at $ 425). Fun find: a collection of vintage cowboy boots for kids starting at $ 45. Be warned: the 1959 pint-sized Fiat 500 that sits serenely outside the store is not for sale; the rolling antiquity serves as a means of summer transport in Matlaga around the island. Open Friday, 12-6; Saturday-Sunday, 10-6.
1228 Route 109 · Cape May
Located across the street from the popular Lobster House restaurant on the main road to Cape May, this sprawling 6,000 square foot building has 70 resellers and is reasonably priced. There’s plenty to choose from, including housewares, old tools, vinyl records, military items, Lionel trains, and plenty of jewelry. Fun find: a vintage Newark Airport pennant ($ 28) and a Good Housekeeping-approved ceramic water jug from the old pottery in Paden City West Virginia ($ 31). Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 11-4.
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