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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hunt for Bargains in West Palm Beach

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3. What to Do

From left, wicker chairs at Objects in the Loft; antiques from the Chris Ellis Consignment Collection.   

West Palm Beach’s Antique Row—more than 50 stores perched along a stretch of South Dixie Highway—is filled with everything from serious Art Deco to serious junk. The majority is sold to decorators, shipped to New York, and resold at a huge profit. Cut out the middleman and load up on rattan furniture at Deco Don's (5107 S. Dixie Hwy; 561-588-2552), seashell-covered mirrors at Christa's South Antiques and Sea Shells, refurbished French industrial cabinets at Faustina Pace Antiques (3633 S. Dixie Hwy; 561-804-6682), and mid-century modern collectibles at Objects in the Loft.

A good rule of thumb: The more cluttered the store, the better your chance of finding hidden gems. Dig in at Sabina Danenberg (4900 S. Dixie Hwy.; 561- 533-5992), which has everything from giant antlers to vintage club chairs. The Chris Ellis Consignment Collection (3636 S. Dixie Hwy.; 561-659-1919) has 5,000 square feet stuffed with castoffs from recently renovated mansions, while Dolce is known for unconventional pieces like framed clown art made with matchbooks. Donovan & Gray has two stores—one a mishmash of furniture and art from the 1800s to the seventies, and the other a fabulous storehouse of vintage Oscar De la Renta gowns and Chanel suits—all with incredibly reasonable prices.

Published on Mar 7, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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