antiquing in stamford, connecticut

One of our favorite antique shopping haunts is the Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Located south of of the Stamford Metro-North train tracks, it’s easy to access from Exit 8 off of I-95. We’ve never had a disappointing visit. The booths in this sprawling 22,000 square foot warehouse are larger than usual, and they’re chock full of well-edited antiques. Many of their clientele, including interior designers and architects from New York City, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Fairfield County visit frequently as they are promised a consistently steady stream of new merchandise. In fact, it was Martha Stewart herself who first took me here on a field trip years ago. This past weekend, we found a variety of collectible pieces at terrific prices. It just cemented our view that you don’t have to rely on new pieces to furnish your home. The truth is, in many cases, older furniture pieces are simply better made. And they all have a story to tell, which we love. Look for this sign at 69 Jefferson Street.

We’re all Mad Men obsessed at the moment, so we simply could not resist this pair of 1950’s custom sofas. Notice the detail of the three-button tufting on each of the back cushions. There are no loose pillows on the seats. These sofas were made to look neat, and they still do. These would be a fabulous starting point for any living room. They were $2,400 each.

Going in the opposite direction, we also have a weakness for primitive American benches. They can make any hallway, entrance, or even mud-room look polished. This is a wonderful hand-crafted bench signed by a furniture maker in Boston, Massachusetts. This piece has enormous character and charm. This one was $1,800.

We’re always on the lookout for colored glass. These French 1960’s aqua-marine blue bar glasses have that pleasingly heavy feel to them. A set of twelve is hard to find in mint condition like this. They would make the chicest of wedding gifts, and at $145 for the lot, a good deal.

Standing lamps are versatile pieces that can move from room to room in any home. This dome-shaped 1940’s chrome one is a great collectible piece. It was well priced too at $425.

This stunning carved “figure eight” back bench is a rare find in mint condition. We’d be inclined to recover it with something more modern and colorful. This piece had just sold at an unidentified price.

Antique warehouses like Stamford Antique and Artisan center are exactly where you should look for unusual chandeliers at great prices. Chandeliers very often get left behind at estate sales and the like, so they often end up here. We’d much prefer to buy something truly unusual like this Swedish 1940’s Gesso chandelier, than an expensive knock-off. This piece was very expensive, particularly since it was one of a pair. Be sure to ask if the piece has been updated and electrified before you buy it.

It may be that we’re in a summer frame of mind, but this Seagrass furniture caught our eye. It was being sold at a terrific price.This could be really adorable for a first apartment with some fun seat cushions and pillows. It was part of a complete suite of furniture including wing chairs and footstools, too. The sofas were $600 each.
One of the dealers had an amazing display of real coral pieces. The were being sold in the $200 – $250 range. These make wonderful accessories on bookcases and tabletops. Where else are you going to find unique pieces like these?

  • Melissa

    I don’t know if it’s kosher, but I would love for ya’ll to list prices when you show your flea market finds. It would be a great reference for those of us who are learning what is a good value and what isn’t!

  • Pam

    Do you know of any stores like Antique and Artisan Center in South Florida?

  • Hilary

    I’m really into colored glass right now, so those aqua glasses are right up my alley.

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