I was very much a buy everything new when I bought my first home, but there is something I now love about sourcing antique pieces and specific items that you can’t buy on the high street, and without a hefty price tag. When you buy an antique piece of furniture, tableware or decorative accessories you’re buying something that is steeped in history and provides more character than a brand new piece of furniture anyone can buy off the shelf.
As we move into our new home, there are various antique pieces specifically that I am looking for. I have already replaced my refreshing rightmove for scrolling Facebook marketplace. But the good news is there are plenty of second hand, antique furniture stores near Plymouth. If you’re in the South West area of near Plymouth, here are some antique furniture shops that you don’t need to travel to London for!
Antique Furniture Shopping Near Plymouth
AJ’s Second Hand Furniture Store
If you’ve ever driven past Union Street in Plymouth you will have come across this store… The one which is literally stacked from ceiling to floor with tables, chairs and every other piece of furniture you can think of.
You definitely can pick up some good antique pieces of furniture here. I picked up a wooden stool from there which I upcycled, if you are looking for a specific piece of furniture it’s worth a trip as you’ll probably find something. You do have to really sift through the stuff, and it’s definitely not all ‘antique’. Unless something being used once before is considered antique? lol. The owner buys furniture off charity shops and house clearances mostly, you just need to look past the hoards of stuff, dark interior and the owner to enjoy this trip!
I LOVE a reclamation yard as you literally never know what you’re going to find. This yard in Saltash is full of the most amazing pieces. They are open on Mondays-Saturdays and have been amassing a huge depth of stock in their yard since 1995. Whether you’re looking for something ultra specific like a Victorian cast iron fireplace or something more vague, you’ll definitely not be short of opportunities to find something amazing here.
This is a great little place! This is a little gem tucked away in Stonehouse Plymouth, you certainly wouldn’t know about this shop unless you accidentally stumbled across it. The owner is highly knowledgeable and will help you find what you’re looking for. It’s a treasure trove of furniture, antique pieces and decorative accessories from many different eras. If you’re in the area, I would highly recommend a visit.
Antiques & Collectors Fair – Westpoint, Exeter
For something of scale near Plymouth, this fair is a must visit. It’s only a 45 minute trip from Plymouth and they hold about 3-4 fairs every year. With up to 350 indoor stands 3/4 being stand fitted and a 1/4 stand fitted, the fair is the biggest and best Antique Fair in the South West, offering a huge range of furniture, tableware and decorative pieces. There really is a limited number of antiques fairs in the South West, but this is one of the most highly regarded and popular events to grace our neck of the woods.
Antiques & Collectables Fairs at Newton Abbot Racecourse
Another fab fair to visit is this one at the Newton Abbot Racecourse, with pretty much monthly fairs happening throughout 2022, it’s only £1 for entry too. They have a huge range of stalls both inside and outside on the grounds with antique furniture and collectables for sale. It’s perfect if you want to make a day out for it with refreshments and lunch available from their Alfresco cafe.
Mike Antonucci Furniture Dealer
Situated on Embankment road in Plymouth, Mike has an amazing selection of antique furniture and regularly gets in new pieces. It’s worth keeping an eye on his Facebook page before you visit. If you specifically look for antique pieces to upsell then this is one you should definitely keep an eye on.
The Emporium, Liskeard
If you fancy going to the other side of Plymouth, The Emporium antique shop is about a 40 minute drive. It’s a family owned business who stock a huge range of antique furniture, collectibles, silver and Militaria. They post some of their stock online and their Facebook page so you can get a grasp of what sorts of pieces they have in. It’s worth giving them a call before you take the trip to see if they have something that you are actively looking for.
There are so many opportunities to find some fantastic vintage, antique furniture near Plymouth and in the South West if you’re looking for something unique to upcycle or add to your home. Have you visited any of these antique furniture places before?