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Hidden treasures in the mountains

This satin wedding gown from the 1940s brought back memories for the author of joyful weddings after the veterans returned home from World War II.


Just about seven miles east of town, on Route 590 East, you will find The Loft, a rural, barn-like shop filled with quality, authentic antique furniture and decorative items. There was plenty of crockery, old prints, dolls, tools and kitchenware. I loved a large cherry corner cupboard (c.1820s), its shelves loaded with blue pottery mugs and beige earthenware bowls. Its top was loaded with country baskets. If you are shopping for beautiful, quality, country furniture or decorative pieces, stop here. Owners Don and Maralyn Nalesnik will help you make the right selection.

Another shop that is loaded with beautiful furniture is Sandspring Antiques and Art on Route 6, Main Avenue near the Lackawaxen River Bridge in town. Owner Marilyn Shatt has a wonderful collection of fine quality furniture, original artwork and prints, china and crockery. A collection of early 19th century clocks, including one by Chauncey Jerome (c.1840), caught my eye.

Across the street, owner Jackie Queipo’s Doodles and Such features china, pottery, glassware, baskets, tin ware, lanterns and reproduction decorative items and linens. A wood carved commode chair, on display outside, made me think that it must have been a welcome addition to the home in long-ago winters, before indoor plumbing, when a night trip to the outhouse wasn’t too comfortable.

Almost next door is the most unusual antique shop in town, John T. Johnston’s Jukebox Classics & Vintage Slot Machines. It is filled with restored and working entertainment classics from the early and mid-20th century. Who doesn’t remember the local soda shop with its colorful jukebox?

Nostalgia may carry you away to your youth if you visit here. One of the jukeboxes ($2,500 to $8,500) might fit in your playroom, or you might want a working slot machine for $2,200 and up. You could top that with a working “Bally Reliance” dice machine (c.1937) for about $13,000. Guys probably would love this place.

After visiting Hawley, I decided to sample treasure hunting on the New York side of the Delaware River. Here I found two wonderful shops in the old town of Liberty: The Antique Palace Emporium and Town and Country Antiques.