Antiques >Cambridge Antique Market
201 Msgr O' Brien Hwy, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0214142.372325 -71.078980
Neighborhoods: East Cambridge
Amazing place. Great variety. Hidden treasures. – For full disclosure, I do have a small booth at CAM, but I was a patron for 10 years prior to renting space. I've found so many treasures over the years (hence the need to sell some stuff!) Just yesterday I bought beautiful 18th century Moroccan carved doors (at a great price) and an antique shoe factory rack (very hard to find). Now that I visit CAM frequently, I can truly appreciate the place even more. The management is fine, the floor salespeople are super nice and helpful. I have come to realize that antique dealers are a unique bunch. They do it because they love it (certainly not for the money - especially in this economy). They travel far and wide to find unique treasures to offer. Most dealers bring new treasures in things each week. Recently, a slew of new dealers have come onboard who offer beautiful vintage clothing and jewelry, modern art and mid-century finds to round out the more traditional antiques. And the bike guy in the cellar has bikes flying out the door. Come on, stop on by sometime...
Management fine, cool place! – I was researching space myself and actually had a very nice interaction with the manager there; he was friendly, patient and accommodating. The market as a whole definitely has a personality of it's own with a wide range of stalls/items ranging from not-so-fine to really fine antiques (and everything in between), which I think makes it really fun to browse and explore. There is truly something for everyone here. A very nice mid-century selection too. Charming and old-school, it's everything an antique market should be. I do not agree that the overall prices are too high... I bought a vintage (1960's) bag for 12 bucks! As a semi-seasoned collector I like this spot a lot.
POOR MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE ANTIQUE MARKET – I'm the wife that went to the Cambridge Antique market and my husband is absolutely right. The manager made me feel inferior and was very rude. I went with my sister and everyone working behind the counter were as rude as could be. I went in the morning and the woman told me there were no applications and that I'd have to speak with the manager. She did tell me there were two spaces available on the first floor so I decided to stay as I wanted a first floor space. I took a few hours to find some display racks and thought it was great for the dealers who would have made some money. It was a very slow day there. The sales people walking the floors were friendly and nice. However the staff working behind the desk couldn't have been any ruder. When the manager did arrive he was very snappy with me informing me that the empty spaces on the first floor were no longer available. He was willing to let me rent a space on the third floor or on the fourth floor. He had quite a high opinion of himself and was indeed very rude. There was no excuse for the way I was treated. I knew a few of the dealers from the auctions and must say I have always received much respect at the auctions. I don't know what his problem was but he acted quite superior with no basis whatsoever. I wouldn't recommend this market to anyone. Very poorly run and many of the spaces were dark , dirty, and dreary especially the spaces not on the first floor. Perhaps he'll read these reviews and will change his attitude the next time somebody inquires about renting a space. Shame on him and his nasty attitude.
Something for Everyone! – The Cambridge Antique Market is 5 floors of endless possibilities! There is truly something for everyone. I have shopeed here for over 10 years and always find one-of-a-kind items. The merchandise is as nice as stores on Charlest Street, but with very reasonable prices.
With five floors to browse, this market feels more like an antique mall. – In Short
Counting its large basement, this East Cambridge warehouse boasts five stories of antiques from 150 dealers, each with individually numbered lots. The stock tends toward the charming, including Young Miss Magazines, dolls, lamps, paintings, dresses and sweaters Mr. Rogers might wear. If you're going to hit just one place in Greater Boston to look at small collectibles (watches, jewelry, household goods, paper ephemera), this is it.
Disappointing – I was excited look for treasures at this large antique market. However, many of the 'booths' were dusty and poorly merchandised. The prices on many things were way to high.
Because it's has multi dealers they get an amazing variety in here. Good quality. No junk!
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