Visit The Palm Beaches to Score Antiques and More

The Palm Beaches offer concentrated areas of antiques and consignment boutiques, making it easy for visitors to score diamonds (sometimes literally) in the rough.

You can shop anywhere in The Palm Beaches to score an exotic vintage find. But for concentrated shopping, there’s a 4-mile strip along West Palm Beach’s South Dixie Highway that will provide you with all the essentials and more. That strip, starting at Okeechobee Boulevard, offers everything from thrift shops to the finest in antiques galleries, plus a little in between.

Find elegant designer duds at Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique, where owner Dina Capehart offers a curated collection of clothing and accessories dating from the 1940s to the present by such designers as Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Galanos, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene and Pierre Cardin.

West Palm Beach’s famed Antique Row, with more than 40 galleries and shops, begins near Belvedere Road and follows Dixie south to Southern Boulevard. Be sure to check out Iconic Snob Galeries, which offers carefully vetted displays of classic furnishings and accessories by dealers who specialize in design. It would be easy to spend a day shopping along the walkable Row. Start the day with breakfast at City Diner — actor George Hamilton and singer Vic Damone count the retro diner among their favorite haunts — then stroll the east side of Dixie. Stop for lunch at Belle & Maxwell’s, the casually elegant tea room and bistro, or start your journey northward along the west side after a hearty lunch at Gulfstream Bistro & Seafood Market.

Those in the know find French antiques at Faustina Pace Antiques and Authentic ProvenceJames & Jeffrey Antiques and Revue Antiques, mainstays along the Row for more than two decades, capture that midcentury, Hollywood Regency vibe that shows no sign of slowing. On Dixie south of Southern Boulevard — real estate agents have dubbed the area So-So — shops are more spread out. Still, there’s a little bit of everything. Hatfield’s Consignments & Fine Art opened last year with furnishings and accessories.  Palm Beach Antique & Design Center offers a mix of the best of 20th-century design

During season, people line up around the block for Kofski Antiques’ famous tag sales; during the summer, Kofski opens its marketplace on weekends to sell furniture and accessories. People from all walks of society — from the poorest to the wealthiest — know World Thrift, in Lake Worth just south of the West Palm Beach city limits, to be a great source for everything from designer duds to antiques. Even nationally known designers such as Jonathan Adler have been spotted there.

In Palm Beach and Beyond

Cross the bridge into Palm Beach for antiques and accessories along South County Road.

Be sure to visit The Church Mouse, the charity store for The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, which offers clothing, accessories, household and decorative items for a fraction of what you’d pay for similar items in shops along the town’s tony Worth Avenue, which lies two blocks south. Also worth seeing: The Goodwill Embassy Boutique, where Gulfstream Goodwill sends its finest donations for resale. While you’re on the island, fashionistas will want to shop Classic Collections, which sells gently worn designer fashions for a fraction of retail.

The first weekend of each month, head eight miles west along Southern Boulevard to the South Florida Fairgrounds for the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, where more than 300 dealers from across the country gather to sell everything from antiques and decorative accessories to furniture, silver and jewelry.

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