Picking one route in Nova Scotia is difficult, but the Lighthouse Route, which takes you along the south shore, is home to at least 32 shops, including: Blue Shutters Antiques, a good centre at 3167 Highway #3, East Chester; Brambles Antiques, 25 Cornwallis St., Lunenburg; Olde Blanket Box, 12795 Peggys Cove Road, Tantallon, with lots of antiques.
Henhouse, at 5533 Young St., in Halifax’s historic Hydrostone district, is delicious. Run by Sappho Griffin and Denise Coulter, it carries antique Maritime harvest tables and blanket boxes as well as vintage McCoy pottery.
Halifax’s Renovator’s ReSource Inc. is a Canadian leader in the re-use of architectural materials. The huge store sells everything from furniture to whole buildings. They will ship anywhere in North America. You’ll find them at 6040 Almon Street, Halifax.