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 or Muzio Designs and be inspired by vintage and upcycled goods. Browse A.P.H. Waller & Sons’ extensive collection of fine art and decorative furnishings. And head to Andrew Spindler Antiques & Design, David Neligan Antiques or Perim Lang Antiques for sophisticated, curated furnishings and one-of-a-kind heirloom antiques. Be sure to check store hours, which may change due to the pandemic.
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. 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 a variety of 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 artists hang at Muzio Designs and Storella Art Studio & Gallery. Make an appointment to visit the jewelry gallery at N. Larson Jewelry Designs to see the custom creations of Master Goldsmith Nancy Larson. At the studios of artists Friedl Brosch at A.F. Brosch Woodworking and Chris Williams Sculpture, see impressive craftsmanship and imaginative works, with pieces for sale and custom commissions available.