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New York: The Best Destinations for Antique Hounds

  • Greenport: This bustling hub out on Long Island's North Fork attracts all kinds of visitors, but antiques hunters will be especially satisfied. Here is one of the best selections of antiques reflecting the old seafaring world on the North Fork.

  • Jamesport: You may miss tiny Jamesport, on Long Island's North Fork, if you blink, but keep your eyes open long enough and you'll see a Main Street lined with antiques shops. There's the usual assortment of furniture and books, and a selection of nautical items to remind you of the area's history as a fishing community.

  • Locust Valley: Most antiques hunters head to Port Jefferson, farther east on Long Island's north shore. And that's exactly why you should hit this tiny town that's not even on many maps -- the goods are less picked over and the antiques are of excellent quality.

  • Hudson: This formerly run-down town along the Upper Hudson has exploded with high-end and eclectic antiques shops, making it the antiquing destination of the Hudson River Valley (indeed of any place in the state north of Manhattan). Almost all the dealers are confined to the long stretch of Warren Street, making it ideal for window-shopping.

  • Bloomfield Antique Country Mile: Just west of Canandaigua, this mile-long cluster of antiques dealers along routes 5 and 20 in Bloomfield is one of the best concentrations for antiquing in the Finger Lakes, with several multidealer shops lined up back-to-back.

  • East Aurora: This town outside Buffalo hosts a wealth of craftspeople, not technically sellers of antiques, who make furniture in the 100-year-old style of famed builder Elbert Hubbard. His movement of Roycrofters created some of the sturdiest and most beautiful pieces of wooden furniture anywhere, and while it's possible to find originals, you'll more likely find work from the expert builders who follow Hubbard's style.

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