Ballston Spa has become Saratoga County’s hub for antiques shopping and browsing, with more than 90 dealers in two large antiques centers and seven other smaller shops clustered on the main avenues. The ambiance, convenience and close-knit business community of the historic village is attracting a steady stream of visitors from around the Capital Region, observers say. “Ballston Spa has a cozy ‘villagey-look.’ It’s a nice atmosphere. Other places you go, the downtowns are empty,” says Pat Armet, an antiques dealer at Stone Soup. “People can do a day trip. You can send them a couple of blocks to lunch.”
Albany residents Rita Welles, left, and Shirley Rice browse the aisles at Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in the former Tufflite factory in Ballston Spa, now an antiques center with 47 dealers under one roof.
Old fishing gear, clothing and outdoors-themed items are part of one Stone Soup dealer’s display.
Roseville pottery from another dealer at Stone Soup.
Marina Nichols of Bend, Ore., looks through vintage clothing available at Stone Soup. The former Tufflite factory is just one of the stops on Ballston’s antiques trail.
The 6,500-square-foot former Tufflite factory in Ballston Spa is home to Stone Soup Antiques Gallery.
Clifton Park antiques dealer Nancy Douglass arranges her selling area at Stone Soup Antiques Gallery.
Customers have snacks while shopping for antiques at Stone SoupAntiques Gallery in the former Tufflite factory in Ballston Spa.
The Junk Shop located on Milton Ave. in Ballston Spa.
Richard Albertin looks out the front doorway of Two By The Sea located on Milton Ave. in Ballston Spa, an antiques destination.