Antique buying: Mid Hudson Valley
Beacon Flea Market
Starting out in Beacon
Anyone starting an antique buying or "antiquing" tour in the mid-Hudson should consider staying or starting their journey in Beacon, New York. Beacon is a small city at the foot of the Mid Hudson Bridge on the Hudson River's east side and has rapidly become the most arty place north of Yonkers to hang out. People come for the scenery, the culture, and good food, but a less well known purpose for visiting Beacon and its surrounds are for the antiques -- for in this country, circumstances converge to make it an ideal place to find old stuff.
Main Street in Beacon, New York
Beacon is conveniently located the point at which three counties meet and is a short drive from two additional counties, all of which have good resources for antiquing. Beacon is close to the town of Newburgh, across the river, and also near Cold Spring, just one train stop south of Beacon on the Hudson.
MTA rains frequently stop in Beacon and Amtrak goes to Poughkeepsie (you would take MTA back down two stops) however, you might need a car for your antiques buying trip. You can either rent a car where you live or alternatively, Enterprise Car Rental will pick up at the Beacon train station if you rent from them. Getting from Cold Spring to Beacon is easy - just one train stop away.
If you are flying into the region, transportation will depend on which airport you are landing in. At the NYC airports, you can either rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to Grand Central to catch a train. Taxis and private drivers are expensive to the Hudson Valley, no recommended.
Hudson Valley Auctioneers
When to Go
The Hudson Valley is known for having intense winters and hot sticky summers so obviously, ideal times to visit are in Spring and early Fall. Summers are fun too but planning a trip to the HV in the winter months can be risky - cancelled flight, closed roads. Driving can be dangerous as well and many times the mid-Hudson bridges are icy and snow packed, as well as are those country roads. This makes it hard to transport antique finds.
Keep in mind that during the busy tourist seasons (April-September), lodgings get booked up - a shortage of good hotels and B&Bs.
Roundhouse Hotel, Beacon
Where to Stay
*May need a car, however a commuter ferry runs between Newburgh and Beacon Goldsmith Denniston House
Stockbridge Ramsdell House
Storm King Lodge (South of Newburgh)
Cromwell Manor (South of Newburgh)
The Thayer Hotel (South of Newburgh in West Point)
Mohonk Mountain House
Art & Antiques in Marlboro
New Paltz - Antique Barn
New Paltz - Jenkinstown Antiques
Hudson - Various
Flea Markets/Estate Sales
Beacon Flea Market
Runs April through November every Sunday between 6am and 3pm. Located off Main Street, behind the store fronts in the parking lots behind them off of Henry Street and Chestnut.
Look for estate sales (usually Fri-Sun):
Classified section of the Poughkeepsie Journal
Beacon Flea Market website
Beacon CItizen website
Southern Dutchess News
Beacon Free Press
Things You Love Events
The Highlands Current
Hudson Valley Auctioneers
The local antique auction is at Hudson Valley Auctioneers - most of their ware is collected from estates all over New York.
Auctions are held monthly, usually on Monday evening with preview during the day and on Sunday. Weather permitting, these auctions are widely attended so coming a little before to reserve a seat (use a post-it) is a good idea. The auction lasts four hours and it is hard to gauge when your favorite items will be up for auction so you may have to stay. However, they offer food in a "pop-up" kitchen at the back, usually a salad and then an entree and dessert. It's only a few bucks and always good.
Resources that can help you in your hunt for vintage/antiques:
Craigslist, Hudson Valley:
Look under "For Sale." A few years ago, I found a Depression Era dining room set and bureau for a steal. You can rent a U-haul to pick up anything you buy.
Facebook: join groups like Hudson Valley Garage Sale, Hudson Valley Antiques, Dutchess County Yard Sale, Yard Sale Junkie Orange County, NY, Orange County Vintage and Antiques
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