Bethany Beach may be best known for its beach and boardwalk, but it’s antique shops are top-notch! It’s no surprise antiquing is having a moment, what’s more, exciting than coming across a gem when you least expect it? You will get lost in time at the numerous antique stores in Bethany Beach.
But before you go treasure hunting in antique shops, there are some things you should know to ensure you make a well-informed purchase. When surveying wood furniture, it’s important to trust your gut. If it looks new, it is probably new construction and not a great investment. The presence of dovetail joints are a great indicator that it was made by a cabinetmaker, rather than being mass-produced. When evaluating rugs, look at the knots. To determine quality, a tighter knot translates to higher quality and more money in your pocket. Unless it’s torn and fraying, imperfections are okay when it comes to rugs. There’s something about porcelain that we can’t get enough of. To determine whether a piece is a porcelain, hold a light up to it and see if it shines through. If it does, it’s likely porcelain and not cheaper stoneware. Art and metals are generally the most difficult to assess for an average consumer. You’ll know something is a print reproduction if up close it’s made with tiny dots, meant to mimic brushstrokes. You may be tempted to buy a piece of art already framed, but usually, the best deals can be found on unframed art. When looking at silver, ensure that if you want sterling silver, a magnet is not attracted to the piece. It’s a general rule that a magnet will never adhere to sterling silver.
Beach Plum Antiques is the highest-rated antique shop in Bethany Beach on Yelp. Located at 900 North Pennsylvania Avenue is Beach Plum, a treasure hunter’s paradise. George Cole, the owner of Beach Plum, has owned the shop for over 30 years and is a fixture in the community. Stepping into Beach Plum is like stepping into another era with its decorative wall art, antique lamps and home decor.
The next highest rated shop in Bethany Beach on Yelp is Hudson’s General Store. Hudson’s is more than a general store, it’s an experience your entire family will remember for years to come. It was built in 1990 by Richard and Melody Hudson and carries everything from American-made pewter by ASL Pewter, to old crocks, white milk glass and country decor. What makes Hudson’s unique is the second floor is dedicated to Christmas – with wreaths, handmade Santa figurines, and ornaments.
Reflections Antiques specializes in antique lighting and has been in business for the last 20 years. The lighting they sell is from the 1850-1920 period and is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. In addition to delivering the best selection of lighting, they offer stained glass and antique furniture. If your antique items need to be repaired or restored, this shop can restore your antiques to their original glory. Reflections Antiques is located in the beautiful blue church at 35477 Atlantic Avenue (RT 26).