9 Antique & Vintage Shops for the Perfect Gift or Hidden Gem

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Written by Olivia White

Published on November 9, 2021
vintage shops: Antique World
Vintage bottles and signs / Photo courtesy of Antique World

Successful thrift shopping, antiquing and vintage hunting is a true skill. The ability to survey a consignment shop, identify its treasures and find the perfect place for them in a home or closet without breaking the bank takes a keen eye and a strong sense of personal style. Those who perfect this art reap the benefits of uniquely curated wardrobes and living rooms, but if you haven’t mastered it, there are plenty of places in Buffalo to practice. Plus if you’re looking to do a little gift giving, whatever the occasion may be, consignment and thrift stores offer a more adventurous shopping experience for unexpected, one-of-a-kind gifts. 


vintage shops: Serendipity Thrift Shoppe
Serendipity Thrift Shoppe / Photo x Olivia White

1. Serendipity Thrift Shoppe

One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201

716-248-0232 / Website

Located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle, Serendipity Shoppe is a treasure trove of home goods, decor and trinkets. It’s especially great if you’re in need of dining essentials like glassware, mugs, plates and table settings, but there’s also a large and eclectic selection of furniture, books, jewelry and art. Worth a stop if you’re trying to furnish a new apartment or you’re like me and need to replace a bunch of broken wine glasses after one too many boozy dinner parties.

2. Stella’s Vintage Finds

2995 Alternate Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072

716-228-4300 / Website

Like many twenty-something’s, my apartment is home to an array of mostly second-hand or IKEA furniture. The one piece I’m particularly proud of, however, is a mid-century dresser from Stella’s Vintage Finds. Jean Doxtater’s Grand Island warehouse is home to a wide array of gorgeous hand-picked antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces. Don’t be surprised if you arrive with the intention of picking up a mirror and leave with a side table you didn’t think you needed.  

vintage shops: The Story Garage
The Story Garage antiques / Photo courtesy of The Story Garage

3. The Story Garage 

1875 Niagara St.Buffalo, NY 14207

716-343-0905 / Website

Whether you’re looking to furnish a space with larger pieces or simply add a finishing touch, the Story Garage is a good place to start. Even if you’re stopping in for a statement piece, it’s worth taking some time to comb through the shelves and aisles for inspiration. You’ll find a mix of antiques, newer pieces and hidden gems that need only a little DIY treatment to light up a room.


4. Edna Louise Estate and Household Liquidations

716-812-1018 / Website

Buffalo’s beautiful old homes are some of our city’s greatest assets, and when they go on the market, many of them become hosts to some pretty epic estate sales. Not only do estate sales offer the prospect of discovering something extraordinary, they also pose the opportunity to explore local history through the people, memories and artifacts that used to call these houses home. Keep tabs on upcoming sales with Edna Louise Liquidations and clear your weekend schedule for some serious estate sale hopping. 

vintage shops: Antique World
Antique World vintage signs / Photo courtesy of Antique World

5. Antique World & Flea Market 

11111 Main St, Clarence NY 14031

716-759-8483 / Website

As one of the largest (if not the largest) antique centers in Western New York, Antique World is an institution. While a must-visit destination for serious antiquers and collectors, it’s also a fun stop for the more casual second-hand treasure hunters among us. It’s easy to make a day out of a visit to the flea market, but definitely plan to take your time when you’re here. For more info, check out our article, You’ll Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts at Antique World.

vintage shops: Coocoou
Coocoou storefront / Photo courtesy of Coocoou

6. Coocoou 

111 Tonawanda St, Buffalo NY 14207

716-432-6216 / Website

Coocoou sets itself apart from the others on this list because of its specialty selection—it’s an oasis of beautiful mid-century modern art and furniture. It’s no secret that mid-century modernism is having a major moment, making this place a haven for those committed to their sleek MCM aesthetic. 

7. Back Barn Antiques

7098 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075 / (716) 649-8291

This spot in North Boston is stocked with vintage goodies displayed in a mix of fashions from styled to stacked. Blink and you’ll miss the sign out front of a house on Boston State Rd, so look closely when you visit and head to the barn in the back as the name of this hidden gem would suggest.


8. Side by Side Antiques

26 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220

(716) 864-0130 / Website

At this shop on Abbott Road in South Buffalo you’ll find a mix of antique furniture, antique accessories, and antique and vintage jewelry. They also buy items and take inventory from estate sales and liquidations.

9. Sloan’s Antiques

730 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206

(716) 856-6057 / Website

Established in 1955, Sloan’s Antiques located on Buffalo’s East side sells an assortment of antiques including furniture, art, religious artifacts, hardware and lighting, windows and more. According to their website, they have “thousands of square feet of inventory. Whether you are looking for high end antiques, architectural salvage, primitives, art, or religious artifacts, you will find it.” Plus they add inventory to their website on a regular basis.

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.

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