The Hills at Hand survival guide
Antiques

From retro to rococo, everything old is new again

Bantam

The Housatonic Trading Company

This wonderful art and antiques shop is located in the former home of the Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center. They carry an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage pieces, repurposed pieces made from reclaimed materials, furniture and new pieces as well. From kitchenware to occasional tables and chairs, to decorative accessories, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from. They are also planning on carrying some hand-crafted gift items by local artisans and painted objects too. The owners are designing their own line of furniture and accessory pieces, which will be sold in the store in the future. Check out the coffee bar in the rear of the store. You won’t want to leave.
920 Bantam Road
860.361.6299
www.housatonictrading.com

Veronica Martin Gallery

Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.

Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 866-8169
www.vmgantiqueposters.com

Barkhamsted

Still River Antiques

This place has a remarkable and extensive collection of Hitchcock furniture. Check it out.

13 Riverton Road
860.379.2998

www.stillriverantiques.com

Kent

B. Johnstone & Co.

Upscale apparel and thoughtfully curated vintage collectibles. If you’re in the market for a deco cocktail shaker or designer label, you’re likely to find it here.

4 North Main Street
(860) 927-1272

R.T. Facts

Unusual and beautiful architectural pieces and furniture can be found at this fascinating store. We were once tempted to purchase an old fun house mirror, if that gives any indication of the surprising relics turned objet d’art you might discover here.

www.rtfacts.com

Litchfield

Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

A showcase of period antiques and fine arts, the museum-quality pieces here are impressive and a wee bit intimidating. Fortunately, the owner is not. Look, touch and, by all means (if you have the means), buy!

www.tillouantiques.com

Litchfield County Auctions

Auctions are held five times a year, and the bidding is done on line. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com

New Milford

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market

Sundays since 1976 (April–November), this verdant field is given over to dealers hawking everything from vintage tchotchkes and house plants to cottage furniture, military memorabilia and old signs. So basically, a little of everything. Get their morning-mist early, fill your thermos and begin your rummage. There’s no such thing as junk at the Trunk!

www.etflea.com

New Preston

Mecanica Antiques

This shop is different from other antiques shops in the area. Its focus is on industrial and mechanical treasures, but it also features an eclectic mix of items from mid-century modern to primitive. They also have a nice selection of vinyl records. Open Monday to Wednesday: By appointment only; Thursday: 11-4; Friday and Saturday: 11-5:30; Sunday: 11-5.
 
Mecanica Antiques
239 New Milford Turnpike
(Route 202)
New Preston
 
860.619.0777
www.mecanicaantiques.com

Plain Goods

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry recently opened this great shop and they filled it with things they love—clothes, accessories, textiles, and leather goods. They have gathered personally-selected antiques from around the globe and combined them with several lifestyle brands that embody a simple, well-made aesthetic, including Makie, Himalayan Cashmere, Aesop, and Smythson, just to name a few. Tasteful items are arranged in stacks on tables and shelves, and everywhere you look you will find things with pure lines—handcrafted pieces, well-worn rugs, furniture, and collectibles. They even carry a great line of baby items, and spices from March Pantry that are packaged in beautiful blue glass jars. They also offer textiles and design services. Open Thursday to Sunday11:00 am – 5:30 pm or by appointment.

Plain Goods
1 New Preston Hill Road
New Preston
860.868.0280
www.plain-goods.com

New Preston (Washington)

Dawn Hill Antiques

An essential source of reference and inspiration for Swedish antiques and French furniture in original condition. The bright shop carries pleasingly patinaed garden appointments, as well.

www.dawnhillantiques.com

Mecanica Antiques

This shop is different from other antiques shops in the area. Its focus is on industrial and mechanical treasures, but it also features an eclectic mix of items from mid-century modern to primitive. They also have a nice selection of vinyl records. Open Monday to Wednesday: By appointment only; Thursday: 11-4; Friday and Saturday: 11-5:30; Sunday: 11-5.
 
Mecanica Antiques
239 New Milford Turnpike
(Route 202)
New Preston
 
860.619.0777
www.mecanicaantiques.com

Pergola

This is one of our favorite shops. Plants, planters, weathered pots artfully arranged amidst botanical books and prints. Sigh. If you are drawn to natural themes and curiosities, you will be in heaven. Gathering their collections from local artisans as well as  antique sources from around the world, Peter and David sure know how to present things in a new light. We are so lucky to live close by. A highly sensual shopping experience for home & garden.

www.pergolahome.com

Privet House

An emporium of the extraordinary brought to you Suzanne Cassano and Richard Lambertson. The swell duo offer a plethora of beautifully merchandised objects for the home, found abroad and locally. Not to be missed!

13 East Shore Road
New Preston
860.868.1800
info@privethouse.com
www.privethouse.com

Norfolk

Joseph Stannard Antiques

Impeccable French Country imports and a “savvy classic” line from the owner/artist himself.

www.josephstannard.com

Sharon

Trade Secrets

THE garden lovers event of the year, dealers tender rare plants and antique garden accessories while special talks and tours raise funds for Women’s Support Services. Usually held in May.

www.tradesecretsct.com

Torrington

Remember When

A little bit of every era, from Victorian times to the 1970s, is on display here. The original and restored lighting section is particularly interesting. Upstairs, you’ll sometimes find a speakeasy. Shhh . . .

www.remwhen.com

Washington

Grape in the Shade

This vintage shop is everybody’s favorite. It’s a fashion lover’s paradise. No wonder it has been named “The Best Vintage Shop in Connecticut” by Connecticut magazine 2 years in a row. Even if you don’t usually wear vintage jewelry or clothes, you’ll be surprised at the wide selection of styles and sizes, and prices to choose from. Some items are instantly recognizable as vintage and others aren’t. You’ll find dresses that are perfect for a special occasion, earrings for every day, or a hat for that Mad Men party. Owner JoAnna Lombardi has everything from vintage jewelry, hats, glasses, purses, shoes, to clothes. Even the music playing in the background is great.

3 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot
860.868.9119
www.facebook.com/GrapeInTheShade

Huntington & Hope

Tastefully selected one-of-a-kind objects for the house or garden, as well as whimsical curiosities. Deborah, the owner of this fabulous shop, makes several buying trips to England and France. They ship worldwide.

www.huntingtonandhope.com

Woodbury

Farm Fresh Home

From recycled industrial objects, refurbished furniture, and beautiful plates and glasses, as well as new, environmentally friendly, and local. Takes a bit of time to really see everything.

107 Main Street North (Route 6)
203.263.6400

George Champion Modern Shop

Pristine Herman Miller in the middle of the country. Indeed.

www.championmodern.com

Jennings & Rohn

Seventeenth- to twentieth-century sundry curios, décor and collectibles.

www.jenningsandrohnantiques.com

Maison St. Germain

Woodbury may be known as the Antiques Capital of Connecticut—with its plethora of  great antiques shops specializing from French Canadian to 20th Century Modern—but one of our favorites is this unassuming and delightful vintage shop. It hosts an explosion of colors, shapes, and textures. You won’t walk away empty-handed once you peruse the space bursting with all things vintage— from painted furniture, art, clothing, kitchen items, jewelry, and home accessories, all at affordable prices. The mother/daughter team who run it are just as dynamic and creative. Not to be missed!

Middle Quarter Mall
738 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT 06798
203.266.4223
www.MaisonStGermain.com

Mill House Antiques

Fine English and American antiques, specializing in 18th- and 19th-century furniture.

www.millhouseantiques-ct.com

Monique Shay Antiques

Six barns full of French Canadian antiques! High quality tables, armoires, cupboards and accessories.

www.moniqueshay.com

Wayne Mattox

A second-generation antiques dealer and expert in American furniture and folk art with “historic appeal.” The engaging Mr. Mattox likewise directs a lively auction.

www.antiquetalk.com