On the Road with TMA: Adamstown Pennsylvania’s Spring Antique Extravaganza
Adamstown, Pennsylvania is a mecca for antique enthusiasts. This tiny town of fewer than 2,000 residents is located about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country. Adamstown is lovingly referred to by antique collectors as Antiques Capital, USA, as this tiny hamlet boasts of dozens of antique shops and large antique markets showcasing the wears of up to 5,000 dealers. On a normal weekend, Adamstown bustles with recreational treasure hunters and dealers, and occasionally those shopping for the perfect prop for their Hollywood movie sets. It is the type of town where you can find almost any antique or vintage item you desire.
Three times each year, Adamstown hosts a special event known as the Antique Extravaganza. During Extravaganza weeks there are more deals, more dealers, and extended shop hours. Dealers and visitors travel from across the U.S. to participate in Extravaganza weekends to showcase their wares to customers.
This past weekend, TMA traveled to the Adamstown extravaganza for only the second time in search of new, wonderful treasures to offer our clients. Adamstown, as expected, did not disappoint. We rose at the break of dawn (as some of the outdoor vendors arrive as early as 5am) and hit the ground running. We started with the outdoor pavilions at Renningers, Shupps Grove, and the Black Angus. We then took our trip indoors and visited some of the showcases at the year-round shops and markets.
Our trip was short, but sweet, and we found many exciting treasures to offer on our store. Here are a few of the highlights from our trip.