Monday, September 26, 2011

Antiquing in Putnam, CT

Listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die as part of Connecticut's Quiet Corner, the town of Putman is a former mill and manufacturing town that is now known for its antiques.  Located forty-five miles east of Hartford, the drive to Putnam is marked by country roads and pastoral scenes.

Putnam is in Northeast Connecticut

Putnam has seventeen antique shops claiming 50,000 square feet of merchandise.  Wow!  Doesn't that sound like an antiquing gold mine?  With Putnam so close by, a visit seemed like a perfect way to spend a mid-September day with friends.  Perhaps we would find a treasure, or at a minimum, be able to mark another location off our bucket list of places to see before we die.

Our day started out in the pouring rain, hopeful the weather would evolve to the intermittent showers promised by our local meteorologists.  By the time we arrived in Putnam, the rain had stopped.  Umbrellas were no longer needed.  Free parking was easily found off Main Street and we headed to our prime antiquing target, an antiques mall.

A Putnam Antiques Mall

Inside we found a variety of antique vendors who had rented space to display and sell their wares.

There is a broad variety of antiques, ranging from vintage Christmas items...

to vintage dollhouses.

Oh, yes, that jointed doll is sitting on the throne in this vintage Disney dollhouse bathroom.  Too funny!

Across the street is a former Montgomery Ward building housing another antique store.

It looked like an interesting store, but unfortunately, it was closed.  It took hours to browse through "one man's trash is another man's treasure", but we persevered.  Lunch eventually called and we walked across the street to 85 Main, a pleasant restaurant that also looked like it would be great fun in the evening.

If you go for lunch, be sure order the sweet potato fries with your sandwich.

If time allows, you'll want to take a drive through nearby Woodstock, CT, a quaint and picturesque New England town.  There you'll find more antique stores.

There are farm stands filled with apples, and pumpkins, and apple cider.

With luck, you'll be there from 3:30- 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the farmers' market.

All in all, you'll find a day in Putnam, Connecticut and the surrounding area to be relaxing, engaging and filled with New England charm.  This is a perfect time of year for a visit.

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