Antique Alley is a “must shop” for
both dealers and collectors.

Located along Route 4, the old highway that connects the seaport city of Portsmouth to the capital city of Concord.

There have been scattered antiques shops along Route 4 since the early 1900s, but we didn’t become an antiquing designation until the early 1970s when Sumner & Muriel Parker opened a small seasonal ice cream shop in Northwood that included a few small tables with antiques.

Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Shop owners created the Antique Alley Association in the early 1990s to work on collaborative advertising and events. In addition to the year-round shops in the Association, there are numerous other small seasonal shops along the route.

Over time, fellow dealers asked if they could set up tables to sell their own antiques. By 1976, the ice cream was gone and the shop became Parkers Antiques (now Parker-French Antiques), the very first group antiques shop in New Hampshire. The Parkers’ success led to other shops opening up along the road and Antique Alley was born.

Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Some of the treasures that can be found along Antique Alley:

  • quality furniture including early painted country,  mid-century modern, and repurposed
  • antique garden accessories & architectural salvage
  • advertising, collectable paper & books, and ephemera
  • early textiles including quilts, paisleys, coverlets, rugs, and linen
  • fine china & glassware, collectable pottery, and early stoneware
  • vintage record albums & music memorabilia
  • early kitchen & country store items, painted accessories, and lighting
  • antique & vintage clothing, fine & vintage jewelry, and other ladies accessories
  • folk art, paintings & prints, and decorative antiques
  • sports memorabilia, tools & hardware, and taxidermy

For additional information about Antique Alley, please Contact Us. To reach a specific shop please use the Contact Us link on that shop’s page.