Online Tourism Hub Connects Connecticut Tourists With Antiquing Community

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Connecticut's official tourism website now offers its first Antiques Trail, a concise guide to historical areas of Connecticut where antique lovers can travel and search for unique finds.
Connecticut's official tourism website now offers its first Antiques Trail, a concise guide to historical areas of Connecticut where antique lovers can travel and search for unique finds. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut’s official tourism website now offers an Antiques Trail, an online guide that directs antiques enthusiasts through historical areas of Connecticut – including Fairfield, Stamford and Wilton – and features shops that offer unique items.

“We launched the Connecticut Antiques Trail to create a more convenient way for residents and tourists alike to discover, explore and enjoy the very best destinations that the state’s antiquing community has to offer,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “With the click of a button, we can connect people with everything from auction houses and historic inns to quaint boutiques located in every region of the state.”

The Antiques Trail can be found on Connecticut’s tourism website here. The trail is organized by the region and categories such as Shops & Centers, Auction Houses and Experiences, Outdoor Antiques Events & Shows and Historic Inns. The guide also offers a list of restaurants and other attractions in each region.

Some of the locations in Fairfield County on the trail include: 

  • Black Rock Antiques Center: An antique shop in Fairfield that features an eclectic mix of affordable antiques, vintage furniture, collectibles, fine art, and home decor in a 53,000-square-foot showroom of an old manufacturing warehouse.
  • Michael Feinberg Inc. in Wilton, a wholesale/retail antique dealer of fine antique English silver and silver-plate, tabletop, picture frames, baby and other fine gifts.
  • ABA Outlet in Stamford, an antique shop with fine art, quality antiques, unique home furnishings, and decorative home accessories from local, national and international sources.
  • United House Wrecking Co., Connecticut's largest antique store in Connecticut with over 40,000 square feet of antique and reproduction furniture, architectural salvage (mantels, doors, stained glass), accessories and outdoor furniture.
  • Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center in Stamford, one of the largest suppliers of Maison Jansen home furnishing, offers high end decorative furniture, accessories and oil paintings.
  • Antique & Artisan Center, which showcases more than 60 vendors in stylized room settings in a 23,000-square-foot showroom just off Interstate 95 in Stamford.

  • Harbor View Center for Antiques in Stamford, with over 20,000 fine antiques including accessories, jewelry and more.

“The creation of the Antiques Trail reinforces the revolutionary approach that we are taking to ensure that our residents and visitors can easily discover and enjoy the unique experiences that can be found in every area of Connecticut,” said Randy Fiveash, director of tourism.

“Many of New England’s earliest antique collectors were living in Hartford and the state continues to attract antique lovers from all over. With the launch of the Antiques Trail, we hope to introduce even more residents and visitors to this treasured Connecticut pastime and streamline trip planning along the way.”

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Unfortunately, Malloy's operation was very limited. Small shops were not included, shops that don't have the ability to promote, don't have bus parking, etc. Malloy's "Antique Trail" hasn't done a service to the majority of Connecticut's antique dealers and shops who, most likely, will be bypassed for failure of inclusion.