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Peeks at Seed to Stem

Take a Central MA Day Trip With Our Insider Shopping Guide

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Peeks at Seed to Stem

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Central Massachusetts is begging for a day trip with boutiques that appeal to vintage seekers, home decor enthusiasts, and lovers of offbeat gifts. The businesses on this turf are proud and connected to the New England history around them while keeping in tune with the modern needs and desires of area residents. To guide us through this jaunt down the Mass Pike, we tapped the intimate knowledge of resident and Crompton Collective market owner Amy Lynn Chase. Here we've investigated her ten picks for the ultimate ride through Worcester and beyond for beloved clothing consignment to ultra cool succulent planters and even a Native American jewelry gallery.


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1. Rietta Flea Market

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183 Gardner Road
Hubbardston, MA 01452
(978) 632-0559
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Considered one of America's great flea markets, Rietta (or Rietta Ranch as it's often called) has a decades-long Sunday market tradition, now full of 650 vendors. It's open through November every week at 6am with free admission and free parking. Also, it has a full liquor bar. Oh yes.

2. Still Life Home Consignment

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68 Tower Street
Hudson, MA 01749
(978) 562-3221
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This home consignment shop is ideal for folks who love to repurpose items, though you can also find an odd antique buy here and there. Its gigantic space is definitely a treasure hunt—not everything will be calling your name.

3. Silver Buffalo Gallery

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23 Coburn Road
Berlin, MA 01503
(978) 838-2680
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A family-owned business for over twenty years, Silver Buffalo specializes in handcrafted art and jewelry from Native American and regional artisans. Ogle Pendleton goods, turquoise baubles, beaded bags, dreamcatchers and more.

4. Counting Sheep Antiques

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79 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503
(978) 415-0049
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Head to this lovely 1867 farmhouse for country-inspired shabby chic handmade and vintage objects. The barn stocks distinctive furniture, dolls, artwork, and garden decor—as well as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® if you like to DIY (they run workshops to show you the ropes).

5. The purple rose

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140 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-8882
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Shopping in this two-level New England Colonial home yields a slew of gorgeous French-inspired decor, fine Victorian style linens, elegant light fixtures and select vintage items. Baby and hostess gifts are easy to pick out at this historic spot.

6. Trunk & Disorderly

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122 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 459-1049
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So many well-curated racks of secondhand gear at this shop. Trendy, bohemian, rock and roll—name a style and you'll find something here from shoes to apparel, jewelry, and all sorts of trinkets. Contemporary wears are also sold at a discount and it boasts a great consignment split for sellers.

7. Seed to Stem

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174 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 890-0933
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While we wish Seed to Stem were stationed in say, the South End, we will happily trek it to Central MA for this lush temple to terrariums (they even have a glassblown terrarium ring), taxidermy curiosities, crystals, five foot diameter dreamcatchers, and striking things of that nature.

8. stART On The Street

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Park Avenue
Worcester, MA
Did you know Worcester is home to the largest art, music, and performance festival in Massachusetts? The free event is held three times a year with over 200 artists and crafters producing work along Park Avenue. The next edition is Sunday, September 15.

9. Birch Alley

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19 Harrison Street
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 753-1434
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Birch Alley is a Worcester newbie. Owned by a local interior designer, the shop in The Canal District is a joint venture between a florist and an antique picker to meld together the old and new worlds of decor.

10. Crompton Collective

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138 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 753-7303
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Picture SoWa Vintage Market in Worcester, and you've got Crompton Collection—the brainchild of serial entrepreneur and vintage aficionado Amy Lynn Chase. Dozens of vendors and plenty of quirky items (as low as $10 and under) offer a fruitful shopping experience under one roof.

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1. Rietta Flea Market

183 Gardner Road, Hubbardston, MA 01452
Considered one of America's great flea markets, Rietta (or Rietta Ranch as it's often called) has a decades-long Sunday market tradition, now full of 650 vendors. It's open through November every week at 6am with free admission and free parking. Also, it has a full liquor bar. Oh yes.
183 Gardner Road
Hubbardston, MA 01452

2. Still Life Home Consignment

68 Tower Street, Hudson, MA 01749
This home consignment shop is ideal for folks who love to repurpose items, though you can also find an odd antique buy here and there. Its gigantic space is definitely a treasure hunt—not everything will be calling your name.
68 Tower Street
Hudson, MA 01749

3. Silver Buffalo Gallery

23 Coburn Road, Berlin, MA 01503
A family-owned business for over twenty years, Silver Buffalo specializes in handcrafted art and jewelry from Native American and regional artisans. Ogle Pendleton goods, turquoise baubles, beaded bags, dreamcatchers and more.
23 Coburn Road
Berlin, MA 01503

4. Counting Sheep Antiques

79 Central Street, Berlin, MA 01503
Head to this lovely 1867 farmhouse for country-inspired shabby chic handmade and vintage objects. The barn stocks distinctive furniture, dolls, artwork, and garden decor—as well as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® if you like to DIY (they run workshops to show you the ropes).
79 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503

5. The purple rose

140 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
Shopping in this two-level New England Colonial home yields a slew of gorgeous French-inspired decor, fine Victorian style linens, elegant light fixtures and select vintage items. Baby and hostess gifts are easy to pick out at this historic spot.
140 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532

6. Trunk & Disorderly

122 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
So many well-curated racks of secondhand gear at this shop. Trendy, bohemian, rock and roll—name a style and you'll find something here from shoes to apparel, jewelry, and all sorts of trinkets. Contemporary wears are also sold at a discount and it boasts a great consignment split for sellers.
122 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608

7. Seed to Stem

174 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
While we wish Seed to Stem were stationed in say, the South End, we will happily trek it to Central MA for this lush temple to terrariums (they even have a glassblown terrarium ring), taxidermy curiosities, crystals, five foot diameter dreamcatchers, and striking things of that nature.
174 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604

8. stART On The Street

Park Avenue, Worcester, MA
Did you know Worcester is home to the largest art, music, and performance festival in Massachusetts? The free event is held three times a year with over 200 artists and crafters producing work along Park Avenue. The next edition is Sunday, September 15.
Park Avenue
Worcester, MA

9. Birch Alley

19 Harrison Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Birch Alley is a Worcester newbie. Owned by a local interior designer, the shop in The Canal District is a joint venture between a florist and an antique picker to meld together the old and new worlds of decor.
19 Harrison Street
Worcester, MA 01604

10. Crompton Collective

138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Picture SoWa Vintage Market in Worcester, and you've got Crompton Collection—the brainchild of serial entrepreneur and vintage aficionado Amy Lynn Chase. Dozens of vendors and plenty of quirky items (as low as $10 and under) offer a fruitful shopping experience under one roof.
138 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604