Antiques on Martha’s Vineyard

— Photo by Susan Safford

An antique — a collectible due to its age, rarity, condition, or other unique feature — can bring just as much joy as buying something that is brand new. In fact, some people find it even more enjoyable to track down a desired piece that comes with a history all its own.

On Martha’s Vineyard, you could spend an entire day traveling from one great antique shop to another. Keep in mind that many shops that carry antiques also carry new items as well, which means even more shopping opportunities for you.

Vineyard Haven has the most shops in walking distance of each other to save some time to go back in time. A few of these timeless options include Pyewacket’s at 135 Beach Road, just shy of Five Corners heading into Vineyard Haven, which has the most welcoming and unique front entrance that just begs your soul to walk in to see what awaits inside, from the familiar to the esoteric.

Mix, a special find on the corner of Main and Union streets, has an eclectic mix of antiques along with items that are the newer versions of antique styles and collectables. And Nochi, on Main Street, is an elegant shop containing cottage antiques, along with a broad selection of Island living items for the home and you. Julie Robinson Interiors at 29 Breakdown Lane offers an entire floor of antiques, such as fine furniture and unique lamps, at Julie’s Consignment Shop.

In Oak Bluffs a visit to PIKNIK Art & Apparel could reward you with a past treasure that has found a new and trendy life. Just down the way off of Dukes County Avenue is Tuckernuck Antiques, located at 79 Tuckernuck Avenue. You will find timeless pieces for the bedroom, from Ag Fair posters from years past, to their just found Early Ship Anchor. At 4 Chapman Avenue magical treasures, both old and new meet chocolates at New Moon Magick, Enchanted Chocolates & Antiques. Rounding out a sampling of antique selections in Oak Bluffs is Federal House Antiques at 142 New York Avenue.

West Tisbury offers a treasure trove for the eyes at The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn on Old County Road. Here lies a plethora of antique tools and equipment to old musical instruments just waiting to again be a home’s center of attention.

Edgartown is not without its own historical finds. Past & Presents is a well-known Main Street shop that mixes old and new alike. In fact, they have so much that it takes two facing storefronts to allow the shopper a leisurely browse through their home goods. Also in the rear of 222 Upper Main Street is The Arbor Antiques, where one can transport themselves back in time.

Other opportunities to browse for antiques include tag sales, estate sales, second hand stores, the weekly Antique Show and Sales at the Grange Hall every Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, and even the Chilmark Flea Market. Hopefully these few antique shop ideas will whet your appetite to go find your own timeless treasure in one of our many Island stores.