Newcomers to the Outer Banks may not necessarily associate the area with good antique hunting, but with hundreds of years of history and classic beach charm, the Outer Banks is an ideal locale for antique lovers in search of coastal treasures.
On occasion, the antique aficionado may find an estate sale or a live auction, held at various homes or venues throughout the Outer Banks. But even without special events, many local antique dealers, thrift stores, and even art galleries can be prime scouting locations for classic local pieces. Pick up antique sea glass windows or decor, timeless paintings and photographs, or simple weatherworn deck furnishings to celebrate the spirit of the Outer Banks back home.
Historic Downtown Manteo has done a fantastic job of preserving its history, and the evidence can be found in the handful of antique stores that line the small harbor front street. A walking tour of this town will lead shoppers to a number of small, locally owned antique stores that are open year-round to treasure hunters.
Bear in mind that a number of historical homes on the Outer Banks date back to the mid-1850s, and are themselves patch-worked buildings constructed with limited available materials, including remnants of local shipwrecks and washed up plants of driftwood. With decades of history just waiting within the interiors of the Outer Banks favorite historical homes, and centuries of artifacts available for sale, antique lovers will adore browsing the small shops and off-the-beaten-path shopping locales of the Outer Banks.
It would take a set of Britannicas to say all there is to say about the Island Gallery and Christmas Shop. Experiencing a Renaissance, the original shopkeepers retired briefly to open the doors again in 2008. They worked hard to bring the grand dame back to her glory. A true wonderland, and locals' favorite, the 15 plus ...