Antiques or Vintage Objects: The Best Eastern Townships Boutiques

Published on Nov 3, 2023

Looking to add a touch from another era to your contemporary decor? Whether for Victorian tableware, French provincial or 70s lamps, the Eastern Townships region is brimming with excellent outlets for finding that rare gem. Here are a few flea markets, antique shops and vintage boutiques worth visiting.

By Natalie Sicard

Musée Colby-Curtis ©Mathieu Dupuis

Le Bazar de Stanstead

Set in the former Granite Museum, this bazaar, launched in 2020, features some forty salespeople. Antique and second-hand dealers as well as artisans (soaps, candles, jewellery) share the many stands you’ll discover here. From kitsch 50s decor to Mid-Century styles, you’ll find a little bit of everything in an inventory that changes every weekend

To prolong your journey back in time, visit the Colby-Curtis Museum, set inside a typical 19th-century home. In summer, the tearoom is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea in the English style, in front of a magnificent garden.

Maison Bergeron, Fine Objects and Antiques, Sutton

“Acquiring an antique object is all about preserving an area of expertise, contributing to the conservation of our heritage and history, offering yourself quality and providing a future for the past.” This quote taken from the Facebook page of this unique boutique, clearly illustrates Simon Bergeron’s passion for antiques and fine objects, and his more than 20 years’ experience in the field. Each object displayed here was carefully selected for its remarkable appearance, its uniqueness, or quite simply for the beauty it emanates. A marble bust of Marie-Antoinette, a pair of solid silver candlesticks, Louis XV tables, an 18th-century Baroque mirror—you’ll wander through this emporium of curiosities as if you were in a museum. A not-to-be-missed venue!

While you’re in Sutton, don’t miss stopping by at Mollies Café or at one of the town’s two microbreweries: À l’Abordage and Auberge Sutton Brouerie.

Town of Brome Lake (Knowlton)

The region is well known for its Antique Circuit, which features a dozen shops spread between Knowlton and West Brome.

This village is also the ideal place to enjoy a stroll and relax in one of the many cafés and bistros that make up the town: Raffields Centrale, Café Inn, Café Caron & frères Knowlton, La Knowlton Co. microbrewery, Le Relais Restaurant-Bistro.

Boutique Chapeau Melon, Knowlton

Established in Knowlton for the past 8 years, this boutique features finds that would look stunning in a farmhouse-style home: wooden furniture and objects with an aged patina, antique tableware, frames, posters and old photos, along with a few vintage decorative objects mixed in here and there. All of which is beautifully displayed. The owner, André Matton, was an interior designer before becoming the owner of this second-hand shop.

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Belle choses, Knowlton

Discover a magnificent selection of furniture, most dating back to before the 1900s, completely refurbished and repainted by the owners. Using milk paint, a traditional casein-based colour-making method, a 100% natural and environmentally friendly paint, they reproduce the typical colours applied on furniture at the time: barn red, Renfrew blue, Gatineau green, Niagara green, buttermilk... The greens and blues are particularly vibrant. You can even choose your own colour to paint your untreated furniture.

Habitat Mobilier, Knowlton

Benoit Hébert has a passion for the clean lines of Mid-Century furniture, and has developed an expertise in restoring his finds to their former glory. Here you’ll find perfectly revamped Scandinavian design furniture made in Québec, Sweden and Denmark in the ’50s, 60s and 70s.

Sykes & McGee, West Brome

West Brome’s old post office is now home to a charming boutique. You’ll find antiques, and refurbished furniture, soaps and candles made by owners Mark McGee and John Sykes, as well as their collection of beautiful objects. Both passionate about home decor, they carry the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products and will be happy to give you lots of tips and tricks if you feel like trying your hand at restoring a piece of furniture yourself.

Antiquités Rebel, Bolton-Ouest

This boutique opened about a year and a half ago on the Bolton Pass road (Route 243) just at the entrance of the town of Bolton. The owners, Montrealers who recently moved to the Townships, offer a wide variety of antiques, some of which come from their personal collection of curiosities that they’ve accumulated over the years.

Town of Brome Lake is within easy reach of the boutique, and offers a number of cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy a bite to eat.

In the Haut St-François Region

Two great establishments you must keep in mind on your next trip to the region: Écolo Déco in East Angus and Arti Zatti in Windsor.

Écolo Déco, East Angus

This shop is becoming quite popular with its wide selection of Victorian-style objects, tableware, lamps and figurines. They also have some magnificent pieces of furniture from this increasingly sought-after period and style, and offer a delivery service throughout Québec!

What else can you do in East Angus? Discover the trails running through the Parc des Deux Rivières and the East Angus Panoramic Shed, a stylish building highlighting the local landscape and culture.

Arti Zatti, Windsor

Here, the focus is on many objects of different styles ranging from antiques to vintage pieces, and especially furniture that has been restored by the owner herself. Unique pieces at very affordable prices.

Combine your Windsor bargain hunting trip with a visit to La Confrérie Artisans Brasseurs microbrewery and a walk through the historical Poudrière de Windsor Park.

Circular Economy Shops

Are you looking for an old piece of wood furniture you’ll refurbish yourself? Would you like to brighten up your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry with some old-fashioned or retro-style handles? These circular economy shops are true Ali Baba’s caves, packed with amazing finds.

La Ressourcerie des Frontières, Magog and Coaticook

Two huge outlets, one in the basement of the Galeries Orford shopping centre, and the other in Coaticook, both packed with furniture and all kinds of objects, salvaged or donated. Small and large pieces of furniture, decorative and kitchen items, knick-knacks, picture frames, textiles, tableware and lamps. Here you’ll find bins brimming and entire walls teeming with a wide variety of items: drawer knobs, furniture legs, miscellaneous hardware items. You’ll always find a little something that will catch your eye!

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Maison Reilly House, Mansonville

Located in the heart of the village, Maison Reilly, named after its last owner, Béatrice Reilly, has been a staple of the local community since the early 1980s. This non-profit organization, functions on a circular economy basis, with a second-hand decoration shop, a basement full of all kinds of knick-knacks and small pieces of furniture, and 3 rooms upstairs that double as a thrift shop. Every day, their Facebook page posts a host of items for sale.

When passing through Mansonville, stop by Appalaches torréfacteur | Roaster or the Équinoxe microbrewery.

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