Embarking on a day of antique shopping on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, proved to be an enchanting journey filled with hidden treasures, charming boutiques, and a delightful glimpse into the rich history of this coastal haven.

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Setting out with the sun-kissed sea breeze in the air, I found myself drawn to the quaint town of Sandwich, known for its historic charm and vibrant antique scene. My first stop was Sandwich Antiques Center, a sprawling emporium of yesteryear's treasures. The moment I stepped through the door, I was greeted by an eclectic array of antiques, ranging from vintage furniture and maritime artifacts to delicate porcelain and retro curiosities.

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Wandering through the aisles, I marveled at the craftsmanship and stories each piece held. The knowledgeable staff were not just purveyors of goods; they were passionate curators, eager to share tales of provenance and offer insights into the historical significance of the items on display. It was more than shopping; it was a journey through time.

From Sandwich, my exploration continued down the beautiful and winding, Route 6a. I had to make a stop at the famous shop of West Barnstable Tables. Talented woodworkers at West Barnstable Tables craft heirloom-quality furniture. They use antique woods such as Northern red pine, American chestnut, and oak. These phenomenal pieces range in style from quirky folk art to refined, rustic elegance. Oh, how I want one!

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Continuing on Route 6a there are plenty of small unique shops scattered in each town. From Antiques Center of Yarmouth to Picket Fence Vintage, there was lots to see as I enjoyed exploring my way down toward Orleans.

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1 Antiques Center of Yarmouth
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Reaching the charming town of Orleans took longer than I expected as I lallygagged in many stores looking for just the right things. Once I reached Orleans, I had to make a detour to the famous Nauset Beach! Wow what a special place, but that’s a story for another time. For now, on to my primary goal was exploring antique shops. My favorite in this town, Pleasant Bay Antiques, is in a large white Victorian farmhouse and its connected 18th century barn is filled with early American Period antique furniture and accessories, most of which have been gathered from local homes and collections here on Cape Cod.

Pleasant Bay Antiques

Next, I was off to the picturesque fishing village of Chatham. Main Street was a trove of independently owned antique shops, each with their unique character. Demos Antiques beckoned with its array of maritime memorabilia, vintage jewelry, and classic New England furnishings. This cute little village is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting! BTW... I had to go see Chatham Light and the famous Chatham Break. Absolutely breathtaking.

Demos Antigues

The joy of antique shopping lies not just in finding the perfect piece but in the serendipity of stumbling upon the unexpected. 

A late Lunch found me in the heart of Harwich Port, where I discovered The Harwich Antique Center. This gem of a shop, housed in a historic building, offered a curated selection of antiques spanning different eras. From Victorian-era furniture to mid-century modern decor, the center exuded an air of timeless elegance.

Harwich Antique Center

As the day unfolded, I found myself exploring off-the-beaten-path antique shops across the various Cape towns, each contributing its unique flair to the Cape Cod antique experience. Navigating the cozy, well-preserved streets, I uncovered vintage trinkets, classic furniture pieces, and even a collection of maritime instruments that spoke to the region's seafaring history.


Reflecting on my day of antique shopping on Cape Cod, I was not merely leaving with acquisitions but with a collection of stories and memories. Each shop, with its unique character and curated selection, added to the narrative of this coastal haven. Cape Cod's antique scene is not just a marketplace; it's a journey through history, a celebration of craftsmanship, and a testament to the enduring allure of the past. One thing to keep in mind off-season is that many of these charming locations are simply family owned, garages, small shops, and barns. Some may be closed certain days and hours, so it is better to double check the status on your “A” list locations!

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M. Parent

Written by M. Parent