For those unfamiliar with the historic charm of Harwich, Massachusetts, Windsong Antiques may sound like an artefact in itself. Opened in 1958, the store is a testament to the intricate dance between time and beauty. Nestled in the heart of the city for over six decades, Windsong Antiques is more than just a shop; it's a living narrative that echoes the tales of a bygone era.
The story began in 1958 and in a short span of three years, with an interlude in sunny Florida, the store settled into its permanent location on Route 28 in 1961. The name 'Windsong' wasn't just a whimsical choice; it pays homage to the ethereal melodies produced by the Cape wind. As it dances across the marshlands, whispering tales of yore, and hums under the eaves of a 19th-century house, you can almost hear the echoes of times past.
Throughout the years, Windsong Antiques has remained a family business. Each generation has passed on a fervent passion for artefacts of historical significance and unparalleled beauty. It's not just the items they sell, it's the stories they tell, and the knowledgeable family behind Windsong is always eager to share those stories.
At first glance, the store's elegant facade could be deceiving. Standing proudly on Route 28, it often draws the curious gaze of passers-by, looking more like a repository of local history or a community centre than a commercial enterprise. Step inside, however, and you'll be greeted by a veritable treasure trove. Expertly curated displays unfold, showcasing antiquities without overwhelming the senses. The meticulous arrangement ensures that each artefact gets the moment in the spotlight it deserves.
Windsong Antiques caters for a diverse clientele. From the avid collector with a discerning eye to the casual visitor craving a touch of nostalgia, there's something for everyone. Whether it is ornate glassware that captures the essence of an era, vintage tomes that whisper secrets, exquisite pieces of jewelry, mirrors, lighting fixtures, old photographs evocative works of art or even the simplest of old world kitchenware, each item has a story waiting to be discovered.
Talking to the owners often leads to delightful surprises. Their in-depth knowledge may lead you to that elusive piece you've been looking for, or they may tell you a fascinating anecdote about an item's origins.
To add to its appeal, once a month from May to September, Windsong Antiques transforms its car park into a vibrant flea market known as 'Pete's Picks. As the sun casts its golden glow, up to 25 dealers, a mix of seasoned pros and enthusiastic newcomers, set up stalls. Although the market operates for a short window from 10am to noon, the finds here are timeless. So, for those who want to experience a piece of history, mark your calendars and take a trip to Windsong Antiques. It's not just a visit, it's an expedition through time.
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