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Antiquing In The Southern Tier

What Makes Southern Tier Antique Shopping Special?

Maybe you have recently started on a journey of Upstate New York antiquing. Perhaps you’re visiting the Southern Tier and are wondering what to do while you’re in the area. You are in for a treat. Southern Tier antique shopping is a unique experience likely to unearth unexpected treasures.

First, an explanation: The Southern Tier of New York is composed of the counties on New York’s southern border, west of the Catskills. It borders Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, and the areas are sometimes referred to as the Twin Tiers. While exact definitions of the area vary, most authorities agree that the Southern Tier includes the cities of Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, Olean, Owego, and Big Flats, as well as the surrounding areas.

The area has a rich history which antique shoppers will love to explore. Mark Twain wrote many of his novels in Elmira, as he and his family would spend the summers there with his sister-in-law. IBM was founded in the Greater Binghamton area. In fact, in the nineteenth century Binghamton was known as the Parlor City owing to its large number of stately homes. Some of these houses have been restored and can be viewed today, and their treasures can be found in many area antique shops.

The Southern Tier is also a must-visit destination for glass collectors. Corning, the manufacturer of PYREX® glass and other familiar glass products, has been based in Corning, NY for over 165 years. Because of this, many Southern Tier antique stores have a wide selection of antique glassware.

What are the best places to look for antiques in the Southern Tier?

Which will be the best antique shop to try depends on what you’re looking for. Glass collectors should not miss the Gaffer District in Corning. Named for the glassblowers of times past, the Gaffer District has many antique shops (as well as restaurants, salons, and numerous other local businesses), some even specializing in glass. The Corning Museum of Glass is also in the heart of the Gaffer District.

Antique Revival: A Vintage Destination

There are numerous other antique shops in Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, and other cities that are worth a look. But one of the best places to shop for antiques in the Southern Tier is Antique Revival. We are conveniently located in Big Flats; in fact, you can see us as you drive down I-86. Within our 10,000 square feet of showroom space, we have one of the largest selections of antiques and decorative arts in New York. From sculptures and figurines to paintings, light fixtures, and antique furniture, there is no telling what you will find.

More importantly, our staff is friendly and approachable. We have excellent relationships with many other antique shops in the area, so even if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we may be able to help you find it. We want you to experience the joy of discovery and find something you’ll always treasure.

Let us help you make your time in the Southern Tier truly memorable. Visit our antique shop today to see what we have in store!
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