Stop scouring for antiques on eBay and head straight to the source. New Hope, Pennsylvania boasts an eclectic mix of boutiques and art galleries, but the real draw here are the antique markets and outdoor bazaars. It's just an hour north on I-95, so hop in the car and make a day of it. Here are the best places to shop along the way.
On the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, in Lambertville, the Golden Nugget Antique Market and the Lambertville Antique Market are visitor favorites; both are open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, until 4 p.m. With a combined total of over 400 vendors, these markets are something of an antiquer's paradise, offering everything from antique dining room sets and estate jewelry to rare baseball cards and toys from past eras.
Back on the Pennsylvania side of the river, Rice's Market is a 30-acre outdoor market, just five miles outside of downtown New Hope. With the capacity to hold over 700 vendors, the market houses just about everthing. Nibble Amish baked goods and produce before perusing knock-off designer handbags and antique furniture. Rice's Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
When you get your fill of antiques, make a pit stop at Lahaska, Pennsylvania's, Peddler's Village. The wholesome shopping site boasts 70 independently-owned specialty shops, plus six restaurants within a colonial, village setting. Shop the trendy-meets-bohemian finds at Apricot Lane, then pick up some new undies at Lace Silhouettes Lingerie or swing by Velvet Slipper for a new pair of Hunter boots.
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