Are you ready to go Antiquing on Kent Island? Collectors, antiquers, thrifters, pickers, and junkers; call us what you will, we live for The Find. Those of us who enjoy hunting for treasure know that Kent Island, Maryland is, excuse the pun, our oyster. Kent Island in particular has its own unique history. It was once home to the Matapeake tribe, was the third oldest English Settlement at Kent Fort, and was the subject of America’s first naval battle over rights to ownership.
Step back in time…
Fortunately for us treasure hunters, there are several places on and near Kent Island to score our own little pieces of history. Here are some of our favorite spots to go antiquing on Kent Island.
When looking for artfully curated vintage furniture, decor, and collectibles, DejaBlu Vintage in delivers every time. Mother and daughter duo Terri and Shannon source full-time from estate sales & auctions all over Delmarva.
“These are not your grandma’s antiques,” explains Terri, who caters to those who would love to take home a piece with some history. DejaBlu hosts shopping events one weekend each month. Their inventory is priced to move so each event is like a brand new experience, with all items beautifully staged.
Hunting for treasure meets philanthropy at Hope Warehouse, a donation-based store benefitting Haven Ministries. Selling furnishings, decor, tools, appliances, and building supplies all priced well below value, you never know what you’ll find when you walk in.
Although they are a donation-based organization, Hope Warehouse is picky about what they will accept. Donations come from local residents, estates, even local businesses like the historic Kent Manor Inn. Haven Ministries is a non-profit organization comprising a shelter, two food pantries, a resource center, street outreach in Queen Anne’s County.
Kent Island is home to some of the best consignment stores around. Twice is Nice can be a great place to score vintage or antique items.
Mother-daughter owners Kim Azar and Mary Graff are happy to take vintage and antique items for consignment. They like the item to be in good shape and for the consignor to understand that Twice is Nice customers aren’t typically looking to pay the high prices antique and vintage dealers charge. Kim and Mary look at comparable items online to find a sale price that will satisfy both the consignor and customers. All inventory is thoughtfully re-staged every few days so customers can get a feel for how something may fit in their own home. With friendly and helpful staff, a roomy sales floor, and plenty of parking, Twice is Nice is not to be overlooked on your next treasure hunt!
Love “upcycleable” finds but don’t want to spend an entire weekend sifting through estate sales and auctions? Bring your artistic flair and creative vision to Salvage Sisters in downtown Stevensville, where the work has been done for you. Owner Janeen Ferragamo has always loved what she calls “junk.” From weekends hunting with her sisters to many years at Stevensville Antiques, she’s been in the business for 17 years.
Are the women of Salvage Sisters actually sisters? “We’re not related by blood, we’re related by junk!” The women like to keep her inventory free from labels like vintage, antique, MCM, etc. With Jeneen’s treasures, plus those of the 3 women who run booths at the store, you are sure to find something to love at Salvage Sisters. They are open 11-5 Thursday-Sunday.
Come fall in love with Kent Island
With destination-worthy dining and accommodations, antiquing on Kent Island is a delight. The next time you’re on the hunt for your own piece of history, stop into our top picks, and tell them you saw their shop on “I Love Kent Island!”
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