New Bern: A vintage town bursting with antiques and uniques

There are two things that go hand in hand: historic towns and antiques.

That’s certainly the case in New Bern, North Carolina. Coming up on its 310th year, New Bern is the second oldest city in North Carolina. Heirlooms abound and go back many generations.

Sometimes these heirlooms find their way into the many antique stores sprinkled across this riverfront town.

In the 1700s, New Bern was a leading city in North Carolina. It was a destination on the King’s Highway from Boston to Charleston in the mid-1700s. It was the last colonial capital of North Carolina before the Revolutionary War, and the first state capital after.

Many of the antique shops are filled with a diverse selection of quality antiques and vintage collectibles from Depression glass, fine glassware, jewelry, silver, Coke, Pepsi, Star Wars, furniture and other high-end items in all price ranges. There is something for everyone.

Here are some of the best places to find antiques in New Bern:

Black Swan Flea Market- 1310 Broad St, New Bern

New Berne Antiques & Collectibles Mall- 1000 Greenleaf Cemetery Road, New Bern (252) 637-0206

Dirty Barn Vintage- 317 Pollock Street, New Bern (252) 269-3454

Franklin’s Antique Mall- 215 East Front Street, New Bern (252) 244-0878

Samantha’s Westside Market- 4109 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd. (252) 636-1855

JL Kirkman’s Antique Mall- 1198 US-17, New Bern (Bridgeton) (252) 636-1855

Middle St. Antiques- 221 Middle St., New Bern (252) 633-4876

Poor Charlie’s- 208 Hancock St., New Bern (252) 672-0208

Southern Persnickety- 1906 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern (252) 631-5097

Restored Brush- 2615 Trent Dr., New Bern (252) 514-6775