Explore Niagara County’s charming towns with a tour of their antique and vintage shops. Hunt for gifts and decor that no one else will have and gather inspiration for craft projects to bring home. Below, find seven shops with one-of-a-kind treasures.
1. Antique to Chic
Before embarking on your antiquing adventure, stop into the The Village Bake Shoppe on Center Street in Lewiston. Pick up a made-from-scratch muffin or scone in flavors like blueberry or chocolate chip cookie dough, and don’t forget the coffee to help fuel the day of shopping. Across the street, find Antique to Chic, which carries a selection of vintage to mid-century modern home décor, gifts and novel items of all kinds. Be it wall art, light fixtures or seasonal trinkets, you are sure to find just the right gem to spice up your home.
2. Lewiston Antique Mall
About a 15-minute drive east, the Lewiston Antique Mall, with its 50 vendors spanning over 7,000 square feet, is a treasure hunter’s haven. Whether you’re in the market for a specific era of antiques, perennially stylish vintage jewelry, mid-century modern furniture or Star Wars collectibles, you’ll find it here. Plan to take your time browsing through the stalls, and, with some patience and luck, walk away with that perfect statement necklace or pair of striking brass bookends — forever forcing you to field compliments and answer the question: where did you find this?
3. The Sanborn Mill Antiques and Collectibles Marketplace
Less than a mile from the Lewiston Antique Mall, the Sanborn Mill Antiques and Collectibles Marketplace has been in business for nearly 20 years. Peruse the planters and outdoor furniture before stepping inside the sprawling space filled with toys, tools, sports memorabilia and glassware in every size, shape and color. A music-lovers mecca, the Mill is also home to a large selection of vinyl records and guitars for beginners and expert musicians alike.
4. Sanborn Old General Store
Just around the corner from the Mill, you’ll find the Sanborn Old General Store, which has been operating since 1913. This charming, old-timey antique co-op is always rotating their stock with the seasons, so you’ll never find the same thing twice! Browse a variety of vintage furniture, primitives and glassware, and don’t leave without smelling their impressive collection of candles.
5. Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op
Continue on for another five miles to find Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op, with 100 vendors all housed in an iconic red barn that dates back to 1912. Among the meticulously maintained and well-curated collections, there are exquisite teacups and saucers, pottery pieces, kitschy salt and pepper shakers, original artwork, costume and fine jewelry and so much more. Located on property and within walking distance, Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market offers a mix of farmhouse and rustic décor, Buffalo-themed goods and handmade items from over 40 artisans and existing businesses.
6. The Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market
Drive about 15 minutes south to North Tonawanda. Located just a few blocks from the Niagara River, the Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market occupies a historic church that dates back to 1894. Open seven days a week, over 70 vendors are spread out over 6,500 square feet, selling both new, locally made crafts and artwork and a comprehensive selection of unique antiques. Don’t miss the basement level — which holds even more treasures.
7. Tattered Tulip
About 30 minutes north, Tattered Tulip in Lockport offers two locations — both the Barn and Mercantile, so give yourself plenty of time to shop and explore. Both shops are packed with new and vintage finds ranging from holiday décor to furniture, lighting and so much more. Here, all of your Chip and Joanna Gaines dreams can come true! You’ll need to refuel after this — visit Steamworks Coffee or Scripts Cafe.