Hidden treasures in the mountains
The Antique Palace Emporium (300 Chestnut St.) is just west of the village of Liberty on Chestnut Street, or Route 52 West. This treasure trove of beautiful and elegant, completely restored furniture spanning the years 1875 to the 1930s is run by Denise Reeves. Any piece of furniture here would bring classic elegance to your home. There were dining room sets, with chairs and breakfronts to match; and many handsome bureaus and matching mirrors. Mahogany, cherry and walnut pieces were all there. Matching boudoir lamps sat on the bureaus to finish out a bedroom’s look. There were occasional tables, bed headboards—almost anything you might need to furnish an entire house elegantly. My favorite, on the first floor by the entrance, was a 1920s-era French dining room set with a beautiful, banded satin wood finish. It included six chairs, with newly upholstered cushions and seat backs; three leaves; two servers, one large and one small; and a full china cupboard to match the table. This was a lovely collection of sophisticated furniture and furnishings.
Further east, where Route 52 intersects with Main Street, is Town and Country Antiques (1 North Main St.). This store is bursting with treasures: furniture, glassware, china, bronze statues, period milk glass lamps, vintage clothing, jewelry and even a gorgeous harp. You could have your choice of Victorian loveseats, early 19th century sideboards, Sheraton desks or some apothecary jars and vintage original design soda bottles. They had what seemed like an endless collection of early 20th century jewelry and clothing. You could dress the entire cast of a Great Gatsby production right there. Fun indeed! However, my favorite was tucked in the rear of the store on the first floor—I was charmed. A child-sized, gorgeous collector’s Blackwood Doll sat on an old chair and stole my heart. She had long brown ringlets; gorgeous eyes; a crisp, sunny, yellow dress with white eyelet trim; yellow hair ribbons; and yellow “Mary Jane” shoes to match. What a charmer. Stop here and let your imagination go wild.