What are the best antique shops in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

Antiques are one of the most shopped for items in New England. The pieces you'll drum up will last you a lifetime, and the memories you have from your antiquing adventures will only add to the enjoyment of your new found treasure. 

One of the best antiquing opportunities is the Berkshires, Mass., near the Forbes Five-Star Blantyre Resort. Stockbridge and Lenox, just two hours driving from Boston, are known for their unique antique stores.  Nestled in between Lenox and Stockbridge is the town of Great Barrington, where antique stores line the streets and one-of-a-kind gifts are easy to find. While you're here, don't miss a stop into the Norman Rockwell museum. The basement of the museum is where you'll find all the magazine covers that Rockwell designed.

In the city of Boston, head into the North End and take a walk down Salem Street. Here you'll find many vintage and antique shops, offering everything from antique jewelry to antique kitchen appliances and electronics. Polcaris Coffee Shop is where you'll find some of the oldest (read: vintage!) baking supplies and kitchen utensils. Stop in here for some fresh roasted beans, and pick up a few centuries-old ravioli presses and tea kettles. These stores are open during the weekdays and on Saturdays, but only a few are open on Sunday.

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