Every Sunday from late October through early April the Milford Antiques Shows happens for just two and a half hours at the tennis courts inside Hampshire Hills Athletic Club. Generally, there are between 50 and 70 vendors taking part in this show, which makes for a fantastic selection of vintage and antique wares up for sale. This is very much one of the favorite antique happenings in New Hampshire and as most of the dealers are from the local area it is an excuse for the local community to come out in force and enjoy each other’s company, as well as the bargains.
Milford Antiques Shows begin each Sunday with exhibitors entering the building from the back door as dawn breaks, rolling their recent acquisitions into the large, warm, well-lit tennis courts where tables have been neatly arranged to serve as the dealers’ booths. The keenest collectors can pay a steeper entry fee to get access to the vendors at this time when goods are being unloaded and displayed. This is obviously prime time for seizing the coveted collectible items and a great opportunity for the most ardent antique lovers. A couple of hours later, the crowds can enter and general shopping begins!
With so much to see at the Milford Antiques Shows, shoppers need to make the best use of the short time available to them. The stands are well organized in the hall so even when it is busy it is still possible to get a good look at everything on offer. Visitors will find items of antique furniture, stamp collections, coins, cameras, ornaments, bicycles, vintage clothing, jewelry. Persian rugs, Asian ceramics, artwork, silverware, clocks, and so much more.
After a good morning spent shopping at the Milford Antiques Shows, visitors will be pleased to discover the cafe on site. Here, breakfast and lunch specials are served, as well as other refreshments.