If you enjoy collecting as a hobby or just enjoy the history behind a piece, antique shops abound in Connecticut. Antiquing is a fun pastime and often more affordable when comparing quality and detail to a new piece of furniture, silverware or jewelry. Visit these shops to add to your collection or start a new one.

The Antique & Artisan Center
69 Jefferson St.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 327-6022

The Antique & Artisan Center has been in the Stamford area for over 18 years. This shop carries vintage to classic furniture, art, jewelry and home decor items. Have a couch or chair that requires re-upholstering? There is an in-house fabric and upholstery showroom as well as a refinishing (French polishing, re-staining, painting, repairs, etc.) department. You will find merchandise from 60 vendors with the selection changing weekly.

Risom Mill
43 Connecticut Mills Ave.
Danielson, CT 06239
(860) 928-7297

The historic Risom Mill is a conglomerate of shops, among them an ‘Indoor Flea Market.’ It has been open for 14 years. Looking for a bargain? The Market has a plethora of antiques and collectibles. You can find kitchenware, china, home furnishings for inside and outside, garden statuary, electronics, musical equipment as well as fishing gear.

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G Sergent Antiques
88 Main St. N.
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 266-4177

Looking for that one-of-a-kind fine antique? Open since 1996, G Sergent is located in a converted period barn. The architecture of the barn with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and seven individual room settings sets the scene, complementing the antiques. The pieces are English, American, Continental and of Asian origins, dating from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. There are decorators on hand to help you.

Black Rock Galleries
1720 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 335-4444

You can sell an item, an entire estate or consign items at this Bridgeport spot. Black Rock Galleries is an auction house as well as a consignment shop. The shop carries all styles and price points. Do you need an appraisal on something you own or have purchased? There are appraisers on hand for insurance and investment purposes. Paintings, furs, silver, sculptures and clocks are items up for bid in the next auction. Check the website for dates.

Mill House Antiques & Gardens
1068 Main St. N.
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263-3446

The Mill House is an historic 18th century grist mill. The shop specializes in antiques from the 18th and 19th century. The items cover 17 showrooms. The Mill House has its own line of fine, custom-made English furniture in the Chippendale, Queen Anne, Hepplewhite and Sheraton styles. If you are looking for a particular chandelier or lighting fixture, there are entire collections of these items. New container shipments from Europe arrive regularly. If you have a specific request and need an interior decorators and/or architect, you will find help here.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.