Treasure Hunting (Concord, Mass)

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We just got back from a trip up north see visit my family.  I feel so lucky to have grown up an adorable small town outside of Boston.  It’s truly a gem.

Massachusetts

Right next door is the town of Concord, Massachusetts– home of some of the most famous literary figures in history, and amazing shopping for those looking for something unique.

If you have an extra day to spend in the Boston area, Concord is a wonderful place to visit.  It has the Old North Bridge, Walden Pond and the homes of Hawthorne, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott.  Sadly, it’s been twenty five years since I last visited the Orchard House.   Sorry Louisa, I adore you, but the shopping down the street is hard to beat!

Of course, I forgot my camera this time around so I’m including some photos from last fall.  But this year’s haul photos are totally up-to-date and taken a few days ago.  Now put away your wallets because we’re about to go window shopping.  Don’t worry, I did enough to stimulate the local economy for both of us.  😉

I probably should have bought this book {and read it} before shopping here last year.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Climb a set of narrow stairs on Main Street to find one of my favorite stores ever.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Nesting on Main is my must-see when I visit Concord each year.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

It’s like stepping into a giant cabinet of natural curiosities.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

They have vintage pieces collected and displayed in modern ways.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

You’ll never know what special treasures you’ll find in these little drawers.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Nooks and crannies hold treasures such as demijohns and antiquities around every corner.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Antique bird cage with glass water holder– weren’t things so beautiful before plastic?

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Antlers are in vogue right now; don’t worry, deer shed them naturally.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

I loved these succulent candles so much last year, didn’t buy any, and regretted it every time I thought about it!  This year I made a beeline to them and made sure to grab a bunch.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

The owners must get asked a million times each year where they find all their pieces, but their store really does beg the question.  They stock things I’ve never seen before, let alone in larger quantities.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Plus some newer things, with a vintage vibe.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

I don’t know what I’d do with any of these things, and yet, why do I feel like I NEED them?!

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

After walking away from so much last year, I filled my basket this time around.  Here’s what I couldn’t resist:

vintage topiary form, which I probably paid too much for, but I’m really trying to buy what I love– and I loved it.

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

large metal clip, I should have bought 6 and used them for hanging artwork but I restrained myself and bought only one for various projects
Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Here’s the succulent candles, a little travel worn but still so darn pretty.

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

a vintage $5 shoe form and a few pieces of rulers for .25 each

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

I’ve had my eye on this vase in the Crate and Barrel catalog for years; might as well buy local! 
 
Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

I collect vintage honey jars, and this one fits right in.

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Down the street is my husband’s favorite store, the Concord Cheese Shop.  Go ahead, ask them for a moscato recommendation.  I’ve asked them twice, a year apart, got two different answers (because the selection changed), and both bottles were AMAZING.  Oh yeah, they also have cheese.  Lots of cheese.  But also wine.  Yum.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Thoreauly Antiques is adorable.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

I picked up a few goodies for some jewelry pieces I’m working on.  Or… pretending to be working on.  I’m actually just hoarding at this point, for future working on things.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

And a bunch of these vintage cars (seen displayed on a stenciled craft frame) for $2 each.  For crafting.  Not for Bee.  Though he’s gotten them away from me a few times, sneaky little bugger.

vintage cars

Every time I find pretty vintage ornaments, I snag them.  Found these there last year.

vintage christmas ornaments

Right next door is Upstairs Antiques.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

My purchase this year only cost $1.  But those scrolls on the spine had me at ‘hello.’  I didn’t really care what the book was about {shhhh… probably not supposed to say that in Concord).

beautiful vintage book

But Noodle didn’t mind.  She ‘read’ the book for 20 minutes straight.  Poor thing still can’t tell me what year Alaska joined the union.  She has a long way to go before getting into Harvard.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

This is what I bought there last year.  I told you I had this thing for honey jars.  Amazingly it was the exact same price as the one I bought from Nesting on Main this year, which was my sign it was priced juuuuuust right.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts (vintage honey jar)

Then there’s The Famous Concord Shop.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

Like a hardware store– for kitchen stuff.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

I got one of these little owl dishes to hold Noodle’s hair elastics.  It still makes me happy, a year later.

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts (owl dish)

Yes, I may have done my part to stimulate the local economy but seriously, there’s no cuter spot to do it.  Or so I tell myself, until I visit the Outer Banks.  Or Charlotte.  And don’t even get me started on Maine.

A few of my Nesting on Main treasures, just waiting to be put somewhere amazing.

 

Things to Do in Concord Massachusetts

 

Thanks for coming window shopping with me.  Do you have a favorite spot to splurge?  Is there a store you can’t wait to visit each year, and where?  Please share!
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9 Comments

  1. that’s a place I’d really love to visit! unfortunately the antique shops I’ve visited have had nothing nice! LOL! can you believe that one antique shop had tape recorders? They didn’t even look old! They should’ve called that one just a “garage sale” of old stuff… LOL! so happy you found such neat treasures!

    1. Tape recorders?! Ugh, I hate finding things in antique stores that I remember quite clearly using lol!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your fun finds, both brought home and just dreamed about! Take care, Laura

  3. I love love love places like this! There’s a pop-up shop once a month in my area that sells similar lovely things.

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