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Our Guide to Antique Treasures and Bargains in Curious Shops Around the State NEW HAMPHIRE
Sure you can sit on your couch, laptop on your knees and bid on a bobbin from a New Hampshire textile mill or a 19th-century Canterbury Shaker duster, but is that really antiquing in the Granite State? We think not.
While eBay and Craigslist, not to mention the anemic economy, have resulted in fewer antiques shops in the state and the country than there once were, there are still plenty in New Hampshire - hundreds in fact - and they offer more than the Web could ever provide to those who love the thrill of the hunt, New England-style.
First there's authenticity. While New Hampshire antique shops tend to offer an array of items from "smalls" to furniture, they usually have something in which they specialize. That results in dealers and experts who have to maintain their reputation in the industry, and in many ways become historians of their particular specialty.
Take Nancy Winston at Willow Hollow Antiques on Route 4 - otherwise known as Antiques Alley - in Northwood. Among the array of items in her store, including early butter molds, ironware, pewter and banks, she also specializes in Shaker items, especially those from nearby Canterbury Shaker Village. Not only does her shop have Shaker treasures like tools, boxes and tinware but she met and talked to the last living Shakers that used to reside at Canterbury.