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Scavenger Hunt in the Southeast Catskills

Scavenger Hunt in the Southeast Catskills

After a number of quiet years, Hudson Valley antique stores have become home furnishing hotspots, thanks to an influx of new buyers to the area and a supply chain jammed by the pandemic. Faced with long shipping times for sofas and tables to fill new homes, many residents are turning to antique stores.

Walter Marquez, owner of the antiques barn in New Paltz, says the demand for antique furniture has been overwhelming. “At one point, people would pull up with U-Hauls and say, ‘I’m going to take these 10 things,'” he says.

Fear not, there are still plenty of vintage products and shop owners who are happy to chat. Let’s take a trip back in time visiting a cluster of antique shops near the Gunks in the southeast Catskills, all within a short drive of each other in New Paltz, Accord and Stone Ridge – plus a lunch break that will make you say, “Erin goes Bragh.

Although all of these stores are currently open, some suggest calling ahead of your visit to confirm hours.

Connoisseurship at Jenkinstown Antiques – New Paltz

Jenkinstown owner Sanford Levy has an extensive collection of 18th and early 19th century furniture and paintings.

Michael Falkenstein

At 17, store owner Sanford Levy was already in the antique business, digging up glass bottles and selling them. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1974, Levy purchased and restored a stone house and outbuilding in town and founded Jenkinstown Antiques. In the mid-1980s, he moved the 1792 Hallock house from Orange County to the property and moved the shop there.

Levy specializes in 18th and early 19th century furniture and paintings, as well as glassware, porcelain and stoneware. He has curated exhibits at local historical societies and written books on local 19th century painters such as Julia McEntee Dillon and Joseph Tubby. “I write about dead artists,” he says with a smile. Notable recent offerings include a large Hudson Valley Dutch-shaped wooden armoire called a kas, and a painting by Dillon titled “Cascading Roses.” Jenkinstown Antiques, 520 State Rte 32 S, New Paltz, NY 12561; 845-255-4876

Mix It All Up at the Antiques Barn — New Paltz

With two floors and 35 vendors, the antique barn is full of finds from all eras.

With two floors and 35 vendors, the antique barn is full of finds from all eras.

Michael Falkenstein

At the end of Water Street Market, a quaint pedestrian-only lane reminiscent of Diagon Alley, you’ll find the two-story red Antiques Barn, displaying the wares of 35 vendors. Browse a wide range of items – furniture, linens, tchotchkes, jewelry, glassware, lamps, tableware and more – from all eras. Also on display is a flock of Santa Clauses from owner Walter Marquez’s personal collection of 1,800 pieces. “It’s time to part ways”, he said in a neutral tone. Antique Barn in New Paltz, 10 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561; 845-255-1403

Hibernian Lunch — New Paltz

Take a break from your antique diary at Garvan's Irish Pub, housed in an 18th-century house.

Take a break from your antique diary at Garvan’s Irish Pub, housed in an 18th-century house.

Michael Falkenstein

Stick to the theme of the day and stop by Garvan, located in a house built in 1759 and surrounded by acacia trees. As you drive, beware of a huge alligator snapping turtle that occasionally sits in the road. (On a recent visit, a waitress tried unsuccessfully to drag him back to his pond with a stick.) Ask for a table near a wood-burning stove and enjoy a delicious shepherd’s pie and a pint of Guinness, which a waiter called it “Irish gold”. Authentic cuisine, pub atmosphere and Irish music make it easy to imagine you’re on the Emerald Isle. Garvan’s Gastro Pub, 215 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561; 845-255-7888

Take a driving tour of Wynkoop House—Stone Ridge


This gray limestone Georgian-style structure with a mansard roof, completed in 1772, was the home of Revolutionary War figure Cornelius Wynkoop, Major of the Ulster County Minutemen and Commissioner of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies, where he served alongside Aaron Burr and Dewitt Clinton. Wynkoop hosted George Washington on the night of November 15, 1782, so yes, Washington slept here. These days, Wynkoop House hosts events and photo shoots. Wynkoop House3721 Main St. (US Rte 209), Stone Ridge, NY 12484

The shock of novelty at Lost & Found — Stone Ridge

Modern vintage fans will light up at Lost & Found.

Modern vintage fans will light up at Lost & Found.

Michael Falkenstein

Clean up your 18th-century palate with mid-century design at Pasquale Giordano’s boutique, Lost & Found. Giordano, who has been in the antiques business for 25 years and in his current location for eight years, specializes in modern vintage design, including furniture, housewares, tableware, lamps, martini shakers and d other cool finds from the space age. Among his current favorites are a pair of 1940s aluminum chairs with their original peach and green vinyl seats, and a set of Russel Wright dishes in pale robin’s egg blue. lost found, 3955 US Rte 209, Stone Ridge, NY 12484; 845-389-5207

Rose Hill Scavenger Hunt — Agreement

Save your scouring energy for the last stop, Rose Hill, which is full of vintage pieces.

Save your scouring energy for the last stop, Rose Hill, which is full of vintage pieces.

Michael Falkenstein

Occupying a former greenhouse, Rose Hill contains 1,500 square feet of merchandise – on tables, in cabinets, hanging on walls, virtually everywhere. Owner John McMahon, a gracious gentleman who specializes in Civil War items, has been in the antiques business on and off since the 1970s, and full time he since retiring in 2003. “It keeps me busy,” he says. “And you meet a lot of interesting people.” Dig through toys, clocks, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, crystalware and a number of odds and ends, including back issues of MAD magazine. Rose Hill Antiques, 5066 US Rte 209, Accord, NY 12404; 845-594-5752

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