Now entering its sixth year, the Millerton Antique Center and its hive of skilled antique vendors will once again host the annual Red Tag Sale beginning Saturday, January 15 and running throughout the month of January into February. The annual sale will house deals for shoppers and antiquarians alike. “It is a once-a-year opportunity for dealers to aggressively discount items so that they will have room to bring in fresh items in the Spring when the new season begins,” says Bob Murphy of the Antique Center. “It is a chance for customers to get a great deal and a way for dealers to move merchandise.” For two decades, Millerton’s antique mainstay has proved to be the foundation for the village’s eclectic boutique main drag and for the sixth consecutive year, the center will once again offer residents and visitors a premiere destination for one-of-a-kind deals on antiques and home decor items.
Since its inception, the sale has successfully helped to shift the perception and demographics of the antique shopper within the small, hip village. In response to the influx of younger shoppers, many dealers have fine-tuned their merchandise with more offerings from the 60s and 70s. “ Shopping with a smartphone is a relatively new phenomenon at the Center but we seem to benefit from it. Many of these younger customers do instant research on their smartphone when they find an item they like,” Murphy says. “More often than not they discover (happily) that our prices are a bargain in comparison.” This year, the Red Tag Sale will add one new dealer, and interestingly, because of the surge in furniture sales due to all the new homeowners who have relocated, several dealers have expanded their booths so that they can bring in larger items. As always, no item is safe from “red tag” designation and this year the Antique Center will feature an eclectic variety of items including tables, chairs, cabinets, rugs, and things like lighting that have been selling briskly in the past 18 months tabletop and household items are also up for grabs as well.
For Mr. Murphy, the annual sale not only livens up the Antique Center each year, it also keeps the Village of Millerton churning during the tenuous winter months. “The sale has been an effective way to bring customers in during what is traditionally a slow time,” he says. “I believe that the month-long sale brings people not only into the Center but then sends them out to enjoy and explore everything that Millerton has to offer.”
For the best winter deals available for both the fervent antique and home decor collector, all roads lead to the Millerton Antiques Center located at 25 Main Street along the village’s central shopping corridor.
The Millerton Antiques Center is open 7 days a week (Daily 10-5, Sundays 11-4:30). For more information, give them a call at (518) 789-6004, visit millertonantiquescenter.com or stop by the Antiques Center on 25 Main Street Millerton, NY.
And check back with Main Street throughout the month for updates and new content as we highlight the ongoing Red Tag Sale event.