Essex, Massachusetts is a collector’s and decorator’s paradise with antiques, art, furnishings, home accessories and handcrafted items by local artisans on display in shops and artist’s studios. Scroll down for suggestions and check out all of our Day Tripper Guides to make any day an adventure in Essex!
Shopping Excursion in Essex, MA
1. Homeowners, interior decorators, collectors and curiosity seekers will love the shops in Essex, MA. Check out Howard’s Flying Dragon Antiques, Main Street Antiques and be inspired by vintage and upcycled goods. And head to A.P.H. Waller & Sons, Andrew Spindler Antiques & Design, David Neligan Antiques, In Home Design Center or Perim Lang Antiques for sophisticated, curated furnishings and one-of-a-kind heirloom antiques.
2. Need a special gift or in search of a local treasure to take home? Check out these Essex favorites: Find innovative toys, children’s books by local authors and Essex branded T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats at Sea Meadow Gift & Garden Shop. Stop in the women’s and baby boutique, Cuddlefish for adorable, fashionable clothing, toys and accessories. Give an authentic piece of history with an antique map or decorative print from The Scrapbook - All Prints & Maps (with framing available in store.) Get expert advice on what to give bird lovers and favorite pets at Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply.
3. Fine art, sculpture and handcrafted creations are plentiful at shops and artists’ studios throughout Essex. There are functional forms and colorful glazes to choose from at Wheelworks Pottery (Potter, Jim Trudeau may even give a wheel throwing demonstration!) Fine art paintings by local and contemporary artists hang at A.P.H. Waller & Sons. Custom jewelry creations by Master Goldsmith Nancy Larson–make an appointment to visit the jewelry gallery at N. Larson Jewelry Designs. At the studio of Chris Williams Sculpture, see impressive craftsmanship and imaginative works, with pieces for sale and custom commissions available.