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Boston's Best Places For Antiquing

Whether you're sick of cookie cutter goods that look just like what everyone else has or if you've just always had a love of vintage items and the history surrounding them, antiquing is a fun way to spend the day and find unique items. Here are Boston's best places for antiquing.
Shopping & Style Antiques, Cambridge Antique Market
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Cambridge Antique Market
291 Monsignor Obrien Hwy
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 868-9655

While parking here can be tough, the five floors of unique vintage and antique goods are up for sale at the Cambridge Antique Market make it completely worth the trip. Even better than the selection are the prices. The Cambridge Antique Market is easily one of the most affordable places to buy antique goods in the greater Boston Area. It is easy to spend an entire day in just this one store. The selection is a little hodge-podge, so come ready to look through a lot of stuff to find that one perfect product. And dog lovers rejoice- your friendly leashed pal is welcome here, too.

Shopping & Style Antiques, Small Pleasures
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Small Pleasures
142 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-7371

It's easy to miss this hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of Newbury Street, but once you shop at Small Pleasures it will quickly become one of your favorite Boston shops. The shop is small, but is filled with amazing pieces of vintage and antique jewelry. You'll find everything here, from luxurious antique diamond wedding bands to fun flirty costume jewelry of a by-gone era. The prices are just as nice as the selection and the staff couldn't be more friendly or knowledgeable about the unique pieces of jewelry they offer for sale.

Shopping & Style Antiques, Lighting
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City Lights
2226 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA  02140
(617) 547-1490

If you are a hardcore antique lover and you're in the market for period lighting, there is no better place in Boston for antique light fixtures than City Lights. The quality and selection is unsurpassed in the hub. Compared to modern lightning, you will, however, pay a premium price for your period lights. But if you are an antique aficionado, you won't be shocked at the price tags. The shop owner knows his stuff and is full of information about the antique lamps that fill his store. From lamps to hanging pictures to reproduction antique light bulbs, City Lights has everything vintage light lovers want.

Shopping & Style Antiques, Cobwebs
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703 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-0154

At Cobwebs you can find anything from a gorgeous 1920s crystal cocktail set to an antique diamond engagement ring to everything in-between. But what customers really rave about is the fine selection of antique furniture and home goods. Cobwebs carries the best quality antique furniture in the finest condition imaginable. Best of all, the word around Boston is that Cobweb's proprietor Patrick Byrnes is willing to negotiate on prices from time to time.

Shopping & Style Antiques, Restorations Resources
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Restoration Resources
1946 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-3033

Even if you've never been in this Washington Street shop you've probably already seen it and not even realized Restoration Resources is right in your own neighborhood. This store has been featured on "This Old House," the HGTV network, in Better Homes and Gardens and in New England Home magazine, among many others. At Restoration Resources, you'll find plenty of furniture, outdoor statuary and lighting, though their collection is more discerning than most. You'll also find all those little touches that make an antique home authentic. Things like hundred year old door knobs, iron floor grates, stained glass windows and even old doors can be found at Restoration Resources. It is the ultimate antique shop for anyone restoring and old house to it's former glory.

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Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at
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