There’s something about discovering an unexpected treasure that makes antique hunting on Cape Cod one of the most fascinating activities to do, no matter what the season. The adrenaline rush of happening upon the perfect find, the single item that has eluded you so far in your searches, is elixir enough to fuel an entire day of exploring the riches that hide in the antique shops of Cape Cod. Fortunately, for guests of the Whalewalk Inn, many of the best places are located close by. But even those further afield hold promise for the intrepid antiquer. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorites.
Antique Center of Cape Cod
Located on historic route 6A in Dennis, MA, this multi-building antique center houses a unique collection of architectural salvage, antique furniture, dolls, jewelry, art, silver, glass, and collectibles. Featuring both New England ephemera and monthly shipments of English imports, recurring expeditions to this Cape Cod icon are well worth your time. And, best of all, for those venturing out in spring, summer or early fall, the Antique Center is located right next door to one of Cape Cod’s best clam shacks, Captain Frosty’s.
234 Main Street, Dennis, MA
Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Harwich Antique Center
Your one-stop-shop for everything from outlandish to eccentric, vintage to shabby chic. Known for their fine selection of collectibles, including military memorabilia, coins, cameras, vinyl records, and musical instruments, it’s also the place to go for an appraisal of your own antique treasures.
10 Route 28 , West Harwich, MA
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Perhaps one of the most well-known antique shops on Cape Cod, Eldred’s also hosts numerous auctions throughout the year. Their collections include American and European antiques, as well as a curated selection of Asian artifacts. With a reputation for excellence lasting more than 60 years, you can be sure the treasure you find here has been carefully and professionally handled.
1483 Route 6A, East Dennis, MA
Open April through October, Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; November to March, Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Maps of Antiquity
If you’re in the market for an antique map or reproduction, then Maps of Antiquity is the place to be. With more than 4,000 maps dating back to the 1600s, their collection of old maps are not only beautiful works of art, but hold significant historical details. You’re certain to find a treasured piece of history here. Proprietors request that you phone ahead when visiting.
1409 Main Street (Route 28), Chatham, MA
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Mews at Brewster Antiques
A compendium of antique dealers under one roof featuring everything from antique chocolate and ice cream molds to primitives and textiles. The Mews’ extensive collections are the result of painstaking searches for the unique and unusual, plus years of experience.
2926 Main St., Brewster, MA
Open Friday to Monday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Srping); Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Summer); Friday through Monday, 11:00 AM to $:00 PM (Fall). Always open by appointment.
If you’re planning a trip to Cape Cod for some antique hunting, be sure to book a room at the Whalewalk Inn in Eastham, MA. The innkeepers will point you in the right direction for all the best finds.