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Come Antiquing, A Guide to Connecticut’s Antique Capital

August 16, 2011 8:00 AM

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PhotoCredit: Monique Shay Antiques, Miki Duisterhof

PhotoCredit: Monique Shay Antiques, Miki Duisterhof

By Molly Bryn

I grew up right next door to a beautiful town of old and mysterious. Lucky, yes? Woodbury is dubbed the antique capital of Connecticut and a shock it is not as you stroll down Main Street to find every historic home adorned with vintage pieces and worldly charm. As a little girl, I loved grabbing a famous cinnamon donut at Dottie’s Diner (formerly Phillip’s) with my Grandparents and meandering in and out of the antique shops. In those days, my imagination took me on treasure hunts and dressed up adventures as I dug through old boxes to discover untold stories.

Antiquing in Woodbury has become a destination in Connecticut for those seeking buried treasures and prized possessions. Whether you are a collector, a dealer, a decorator or just an inspired soul looking for old charm, Woodbury will set your artistic spirit aflame. Find out more about Woodbury antiques here: http://www.antiqueswoodbury.com/

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PhotoCredit: Main Street Antiques Center

Main Street Antiques Center
113 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.263.0046
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-6pm
http://www.mainstantiquecenter.com

The Main Street Antiques Center offers four dealers in its exquisitely large quarters. Each collection offers something unique from a diverse era making it a one-stop shop if you are short on time. Its greatest attraction is the array of beautiful furniture and extensive assortment of fine art. Traveling upstairs, you can explore smaller accessories such as favored books or vintage maps.

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PhotoCredit: Martell & Suffin Antiques, Woodbury Antiques Dealers Association

Martell & Suffin Antiques
10 and 12 Main St. North
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.263.1913
Hours: Mon-Tues by appointment, Wed-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pmhttp://www.antiqueswoodbury.com/dealers/martellandsuffin.shtml

You will always find something interesting in Martell & Suffin. The variety of detailed china and glassware from Asia Pacific and the 19th century crystal chandeliers are immaculate additions for a Victorian dining room. Martell & Suffin ensures you are taken to a different time and place when visiting their precious shop.

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Photo Credit: G. Sergeant Antiques

G. Sergeant Antiques
88 Main Street North
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.266.4177
http://www.gsergeant.com/

There is something truly authentic about walking into a converted barn that is now one of Woodbury’s greatest antique showrooms with a varied selection of furnishings from 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The barn is setup with multiple rooms with an individual aesthetic to provide a unique experience in each setting. The inventory is constantly changing so you can guarantee you will never have the same experience twice.

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PhotoCredit: Wayne Mattox Antiques

Wayne Mattox Antiques
82 Main Street North
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.263.2899
http://www.antiquetalk.com/

One of the best experiences of antiquing is finding old folk art and timeless signs that make you a little bit nostalgic for that time in history. My Uncle collects old Coca Cola art and my mom found an amazing 1950’s Coca Cola cooler in this shop. We cleaned it up and it looked perfect with his collection! Wayne Mattox has great items for that collector in your family.

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PhotoCredit: Monique Shay Antiques, Miki Duisterhof

Monique Shay Antiques

920 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.263.3186
http://moniqueshay.com/index.html

You cannot miss Monique Shay during your antiquing excursion. It is the one with the gigantic rooster situated outside a big ol’ red barn. It has been a long favorite of mine for this very reason. Monique Shay sells beautiful antique woodwork from cupboards to tables and chairs that bring a beautiful New England vibe to its large showroom. Every time I go in I think, “This is my dream home.”


Molly Bryn is a 23-year-old New England girl. 
She can frequently be found styling friends, scouting sales or digging for buried treasure. Molly shares secret lessons from elephants – because she finds them graceful and extremely fashionable- on her blog:  http://lessonsfromelephants.blogspot.com/.
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