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.