The Antiques of Route 4's 'Antique Alley'

Jul 11, 2019

Charles Yeaton outside of his antique shop The Betty House.
Credit Todd Bookman/NHPR

Antique Alley, perhaps the most famous stretch of Route 4, is located roughly between Chichester and the Lee traffic circle.

The miles-long shopping destination is dotted with both higher-end and more eclectic antique dealers. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was the spot for bargain hunters looking for a piece of traditional Americana, everything from solid furniture to tools to handicrafts.

In recent years, Route 4’s popularity has ebbed a bit, but dealers along the stretch say there are still bargains to be found, if you know where to look. 

NHPR’s Todd Bookman spoke with Charles Yeaton of the Betty House, Richard Bojko of Parker-French, Colleen Pingree of R.S. Butler’s Trading Company, and Bill Giddis, who helps run Fern Eldridge and Friends Antiques. 

Listen to what they had to say:

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