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Winsmith MILL Market, Norwood, Massachusetts: the Emerald City for Antiques and Shabby Chic Shoppers


Winsmith MILL Market, Norwood, MassachusettsWinsmith MILL Market in Norwood, Massachusetts.


Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz.
Page created on 9/10/17.

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Just as I thought antique shopping in New England was getting old, along comes Winsmith MILL Market in Norwood, Mass.

Tucked away in a former mill building off Route 1A, the sight of the 18th century
Winsmith MILL Market in four imposing former tannery buildings seems nearly improbable given its hidden jewel status and astonishing selection of merchandise. Antique and shabby chic shoppers who thought they had seen it all most likely say on first impression, "How could I have not known about this place?"

Open weekly Friday through Sunday, the Wisnmith MILL Market is one of those places where one never knows where to start first. The multi vendors -- often with connected shops through the virtual maze -- come across as a close-knit community with businesses that bridge the look of an antique store, vintage shop, country store and bargain discount center.
It's all hard to fully describe, but the Winsmith folks like to refer to the complex as an "Antique to Shabby Chic, to Victorian Boho Artisan Market." The old mill appearance provides the perfect setting for shopping and getting a good walk in during the process.

Where to start first at Winsmith Market Mill in Norwood, Massachusetts?
Entrance to ReMARKables at the Winsmith MILL Market.

For starters, the vendors at
Winsmith MILL Market collectively sell furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, paintings, arts and crafts, books, records, old radios and cameras, kitchenware, home furnishings and appliances -- just about everything under the sun, or, as the other cliche goes, "everything but the kitchen sink." I know many people who have made their homes look better by purchasing useful, meaningful and high quality merchandise at the Mill -- and, with other goods, finding exactly what they were looking for in one of the seven shops and more than 200 vendors at the 27 acre complex. Although a hidden jewel, up to 2,000 people visit the Winsmith MILL Market on any given weekend. Let's take a look at a few of the charming, quaint shops packed to the gills with merchandise...

Hollie'sat Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts
Hollie's Place at Winsmith MILL Market.

Diggin's daisies at Winsmith Mill Markets in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Diggin' Daisy's at Winsmith MILL Market.

Outdoor vendor at Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Outside vendor at the Winsmith MILL Market.
 
There's even a farm stand, as well as a gardening center...
Farm stand at Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts

Garden center at Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts

Definitely plan on spending at least a few hours here. While some of the merchandise is high end, most people find incredible bargains here, Winsmith is largely a budget-friendly place with many great deals for the budget-minded. Additionally, what you see one week could be gone the next, as evidenced by movie makers recently clearing out books from one of the stores for an upcoming movie! Still, books could be found in the Mill (and, in this case, oddly positioned next to a barbershop pole and colored lights)...

books at the Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Books, book, books at the Winsmith MILL Market.

Winsmith MILL Market not only sells treasures, but is a treasure in itself. It's pure fun navigating the shops, the vendors are generally friendly and helpful, and the chances of coming out with something you truly need, or might not, is very high. It's also an arts, cultural  and service-oriented center as home to the Norwood Art Association, the Grass Roots Cultural and Performing Arts Center (music, art, film, community gatherings and performances) and specialists like the "Harley Healer" who fixes motorcycles, professional photographers, artists, and dog trainers

An added bonus: The Mill Market is located only 15 miles southwest of Boston, making it very convenient for city residents with an affinity for antiques and shabby chic shopping shop close to home.

Ramblin Rose at the Winsmith MILL Market in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Ramblin Rose Vintage Home and Garden shop at the Winsmith MILL Market.

If you love shopping in famous antiques and shabby chic destinations like Putnam, Conn., Stamford, Conn., Wells, Maine,
Essex, Mass. and North Kingstown, R.I., as well as the Brimfield Fair, then chances are you will be fascinated by the Winsmith MILL Market. I was certainly taken by surprise, but from this point on will place this unlikely gem on the best places to shop for antiques and shabby chic in New England.

Merchandise at Windsmith Mill Market in Norwood, Massachusetts.
ReMARKables at the Winsmith MILL Market.

For those who love antiques shopping, be sure to not pass by on this unusual, unlikely yet wonderful ancient shopping mall complex. What a fabulous place to find great merchandise for the home, office, and wardrobe!

Winsmith MILL Market is located at 61 Endicott St. in Norwood, MA. Tel. (781) 269-4175. Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/WINSMITHMILLMARKET/

Map of antiques and shabby chic shops at Winsmith MILL Market in Norwood, Mass.

Winsmith Mill Stores in Norwood MA
One entrance to the Winsmith MILL Shops.

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