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Antiquing in Maryland

By Jennifer Broadwater

Discover a treasure trove of antiques and vintage goods at these Maryland shopping hot spots. 

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If you like looking at all things vintage, these are the spots for an unforgettable antiquing safari.

Best Buys Around Baltimore

In Baltimore, venture to the venerable Antique Row in the 800 block of North Howard Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Shop stalls showcase artifacts collected from all over the world; you’re sure to covet the fine art, rugs, furniture and light fixtures. Other popular stops include several shops in Hampden Village and Ryan’s Relics’ two locations on Belair Road.

As the area’s largest antiques center, Westminster Antique Mall houses more than 165 dealers in one place about 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore. Oldies music makes for pleasant browsing at booths featuring everything from teacups and toys to retro signs and military collectibles. A Real Find Antiques in Finksburg in Central Maryland features a vast furniture collection along with refinishing and upholstery services.

Find Your Treasures Near D.C.

Just outside of Washington, D.C., another marvelous metropolitan antiquing area is Kensington Antique Row. Multi-dealer markets, consignment shops and galleries showcase merchandise such as sports memorabilia, dolls, books and furniture.

Frederick County is a shopper’s dream destination. The town of New Market, known as the “Antiques Capital of Maryland,” has a small-town charm and a dozen shops offering furniture, jewelry, quilts, porcelain and restoration services. Ten miles west, downtown Frederick is a popular antiquing destination with some 200 dealers in an eight-block radius.

The Antique Center at Historic Savage Mill fits in perfectly at the restored 19th-century cotton mill in the town of Savage near Laurel. The center includes about 150 dealers, who meticulously photograph and describe the latest treasures on the website.

Explore the Eastern Shore

Antique stores thrive on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Plan to explore the area on a Wednesday. That’s when hundreds of antique dealers and deal seekers gather for the largest weekly auction in the world at Dixon’s Crumpton Auction in Crumpton.

Prized Finds in Western Maryland

Don’t go hungry while perusing numerous vendors’ collectible items at Englanders Antiques in Oakland; have a seat and a bite to eat at its cute 1950s-style Dottie’s Grill and Soda Fountain. In Hagerstown, Antique CrossRoads houses a collection of more than 200 dealers selling everything from 18th-century treasures to mid-century décor items.