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Home (Goods) Away from Home

  |   May 1, 2021  |  Comment

Pictured above: Hammertown has locations in Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, and Great Barrington

While outfitting your home may not be top of mind while you’re on vacation, the bountiful home goods stores, antiques markets, and architectural salvage shops in the Hudson Valley are world class. You may not realize you needed a clawfoot tub, vintage rug, or Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa until you see it, but we have it here.

If you are restoring an old home or simply want to infuse your digs with the gravitas of old, look no further than Hudson Valley House Parts. The 2,000-square-foot warehouse in Newburgh is stuffed to the rafters with architectural goodies, from Victorian entrance doors to factory windows and Federal staircases, plus furniture and decor, hardware, lighting, and rugs. For devotees of vintage, another fabulous trove is Zaborski’s Emporium, a sprawling three-story industrial building in Midtown Kingston stuffed with salvaged gems, from antique kitchen scales and tea tins to cast iron clawfoot tubs and toilets to handmade tools, lighting, and more, in impressive variety and volume, and well organized, to boot.

Long before the trendy coffee shops and James Beard-nominated restaurants, antiques were the calling card of Hudson, with the shops of the `90s paving the way for the waterfront city’s 21st-century renaissance. The city’s design scene speaks for itself, and it’s worth spending a day just wandering around dozens of antique stores (maybe rent a U-Haul?). Today, the Hudson Antiques and Art Dealers Association counts 25 antique shops among its members, peddling everything from charming tchotchkes to high-end art, pristine Scandinavian Midcentury furniture to rare 18th-century antiquities. 

It’s worth mentioning a couple of Hudson standouts. Set in an old printing plant, Hudson Home brings together old and new under one soaring ceiling with a selection of furniture, artwork, textiles, and lighting. The second-floor showroom offers a library of wall coverings, window treatments, fabrics, and rugs. (If you need help in your aesthetic wayfinding journey, they’re also a design studio.) Upstate Rug Supply, sells antique rugs—not to be confused with vintage rugs. The difference between antique and vintage is: Antique Turkish and Persian rugs are from the 1920s and earlier, and are vegetable dyed. Around World War II, synthetic dyes became part of the market in rugs.

In Orange County, the 11,000-square-foot Newburgh Vintage Emporium is a treasure trove of furniture, clothing, vinyl, home decor, and kitchenware from over 50 dealers. The explosion of inventory led the emporium’s owners to open a warehouse across town with triple the space. Clear your day. A similarly epic destination is the Rhinebeck Antique Emporium, which bills itself as the “largest venue of antiques under one roof.” Peruse the more than two dozen vendor booths peddling a range of European and American antique furniture, artwork, jewelry, ceramics, and decor. Of course, there are scores more antique stores big and small in towns and hamlets throughout the Hudson Valley. 

Hammertown specializes in that globetrotting, old-meets-new Bohemian luxury that’s so in vogue right now. There are three locations—Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, and Great Barrington. Head there for decorator-caliber furniture (the aforementioned Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa), rugs both vintage and new, linens, and lighting. 

If you need to stock the kitchen, Utensil in Beacon has everything from blenders to cast iron cookware, plus stirring spoons and spatulas aplenty. Bluecashew in Kingston is another boutique kitchenware store with a curated selection of artisanal and top-of-the line chopping boards, utensils, bar equipment, knives, candles, and table linens. 

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