• Digging for Gold: Your Guide to Antiquing {in New Jersey}

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    Today we have a special guest contributor from Visit NJ bringing you the best ways to track down amazing finds while having some fun thrifting and flea marketing around the state!

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    You never know what you’ll find in New Jersey, and we don’t mean “George Washington Slept Here” signs, although our first president was a frequent visitor during the Revolutionary War. No, we mean antique stores, flea markets, and other opportunities to unearth your own “buried treasure,” gold among the dross. Here are a few areas of New Jersey ripe for prospecting:

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    Lambertville, a gathering of antiques shops, eclectic galleries, and comfortable coffee shops clustered on the banks of the scenic Delaware River, is a haven for artists and craftsmen. And the town’s architecture is as interesting as its residents.

    Mullica Hill, settled in the late 17th century and built mostly during the Civil War era, has the best of the past and present with a rich collection of antique shops and other emporia.

    For example, the Old Mill Antique Center has three floors of hidden treasures housed in a pre-Revolutionary War mill. Also on Main Street are boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes, all of which draw shoppers and strollers to the charming town. The Wagonhouse Winery in nearby Swedesboro produces an assortment of red and white wines.  Special events held throughout the year include a June Festival of Antiques, a Ghost Walk in October, and Christmas House Tours.

    Grey Barn Antiques, located in the lovely hamlet of Andover, offers a variety of antiques and collectibles from more than 35 unique dealers.

    In East Rutherford, the New Meadowlands Flea Market features more than 500 vendors every Saturday. From hard-to-find essentials to attic treasures, crafts, collectibles, and wonderful fresh produce, other foods, and flowers.

    Hope Junction Antiques has one of a kind collectibles, handmade items by local craftsmen, antique treasures, vintage glass, and more in the historic town of Hope.

    A market like no other, and dating back to 1959, New Egypt Flea Market Village & Auction features some 40 shops including original World War II Barracks from Fort Dix. Find books, antiques, collectibles, furniture, toys, clothing… you name it, they got it. Free parking on premises.

    Along with occasional flea markets and craft fairs, Historic Allaire Village in Farmingdale, an early-19th-century living-history museum featuring costumed interpreters and guided student tours, offers holiday candlelight tours, haunted hayrides, antique car shows, and weekend concerts.

    Also in Farmingdale, the Collingwood Auction & Flea Market, spreading across 25 acres, welcomes more than 500 merchants all year round.

    In Jersey City, Pacific Flea and the 6th Borough Market are great spots to score some antique and vintage items — with food and live music on select weekends! 6th Borough runs every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month through October.

    In Hoboken, the Rummage and Ruffage flea market is small albeit adorable — right on the corner of 6th and Willow!  Plus, they have 8am yoga on Saturday mornings. So glorious!

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    A few other spots in Hoboken to check out {that are indoors — for the rainy days!}: Modern Retro Finds at 91 Park Avenue, Revival Vintage at 47 Harrison, and Mackey Blue Vintage at 1200 Washington Street.

    There are so many amazing spots to enjoy some digging for gold and other treasures! What is your favorite?

    For other ideas on New Jersey adventures, visit www.visitnj.org.


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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