Antique shopping is one of the best ways to find unique furnishings to outfit your home—and according to a new study from Joybird, some cities are more ideal than others when it comes to searching for antique gems.
The furniture company used a variety of factors to judge just how good the antiquing is in a slew of cities across the U.S. Each city was graded out of 50 points, depending on six factors in total: the average star rating and price level of antique shops in each city, as well as the number of antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and used, vintage, or consignment stores per 100,000 residents in these locations. So which came out on top? Well, you might be surprised. Cities like Round Top and Brimfield with major antique markets didn't make the Joybird cut—nor did many large cities, like New York or Chicago.
See below for a breakdown of the top five—but don't let it dissuade you from shopping any of your favorite local haunts, either!
Long Beach, California
In Long Beach, there are more than 51 antique shops per 100,000 residents, with the average price per item being $1.96.
Oakland boasts an average of 14.36 flea markets and 91.32 used/vintage/consignment stores per 100,000 residents. Plus, the typical price level of pieces available in these shops is $2.25 per item.
Atlanta clocks in with the highest number of estate sales per 100,000 residents—25.17—and an average star rating of 4.16 for local antique stores.
With 55.69 antique stores per 100,000 residents and an average price level of $2.11 per item, Tampa takes the fourth spot on this list.
Minneapolis has an average of 72.73 used/vintage/consignment stores and 52.87 antique stores per 100,000 residents, leading the Twin Cities to land in the fifth spot.
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