Wheeler-dealers should head for the Wellfleet Flea Market, 51 Rte. 6, north of the Eastham-Wellfleet border (tel. 508/349-0541; www.wellfleetcinemas.com/flea-market). A few days a week in summer and during the shoulder seasons, the parking lot of the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater "daylights" as an outdoor bazaar featuring as many as 300 booths. Though a great many vendors stock discount surplus, there are usually enough collectibles dealers on hand to warrant a browse through. An added bonus: Kids can kick loose in the little playground or grab a quick bite at the snack bar. Lookers are charged $2 to $3 per carload. Open weekends and Monday holidays from mid-April through June, September, and October, from 8am to 3pm; and Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends, and Monday holidays in July and August, from 8am to 3pm.
Farmhouse Antiques, Route 6, at Village Lane, Wellfleet (tel. 508/349-1708), is a large storehouse filled with a variety of goods, including a wide array of furniture, stacks of books, and ephemera.
Arts & Crafts
One of the more distinguished galleries in town, the smallish Cove Gallery, 15 Commercial St., by Duck Creek (tel. 508/349-2530; www.covegallery.com) -- with a waterside sculpture garden -- carries the paintings and prints of many well-known artists, including Barry Moser and Leonard Baskin. John Grillo's work astounds every summer during his annual show, which has featured boldly painted tango-themed paintings, watercolors, and prints. Closed mid-October through April.
Crafts make a stronger stand than art at Left Bank Gallery, 25 Commercial St., by Duck Creek (tel. 508/349-9451; www.leftbankgallery.com). A 1933 American Legion Hall, it's an optimal display space. Whereas the paintings occupying the former auditorium sometimes verge on hackneyed, the "Potter's Room" overlooking the cove is packed with sturdy, handsome, useful vessels, along with compatible textiles. Also worth hunting out are the curious collages of Kim Victoria Kettler. The Left Bank Small Works & Jewelry Gallery, 3 W. Main St., in the center of town (tel. 508/349-7939), features the spillover from the Left Bank Gallery, and in some ways, it's superior. There's also an irresistible sampling of new-wave jewelry designs, collected from more than 100 noted artisans across the nation and arrayed in clever thematic displays.
At Hannah, 234 Main St. (tel. 508/349-9884), Susan Hannah shows her own private label in this nicely rehabbed house, along with other designers' works. The emphasis is on flowing lines and relaxed fabrics -- slinky rayon, soft cotton jersey, and nubby linen. Closed mid-September to late May.
Slightly more citified is Off Center, 354 Main St. (tel. 508/349-3634), where the clothes are neither traditional nor trendy, but right-on, go-anywhere chic. Closed January through March.
Somewhat to the left of -- and across the street from -- its parent shop, Off Center, is Eccentricity, 361 Main St., in the center of town (tel. 508/349-7554). The store lives up to its name with dramatic antique kimonos and artifacts from Japan, India, and Africa. Closed January through March.
Karol Richardson, 11 W. Main St. (tel. 508/349-6378; www.karolrichardson.com), is owned and operated by its namesake, an alumna of the London College of Fashion and a refugee from the New York rag trade. She has a feel for sensual fabrics and a knack for fashions that, in her own words, are "wonderfully comfortable but sophisticated at the same time and very flattering to the less-than-perfect body." The lovely clothes that are seasonally displayed in this barn showroom, and slavered over by several generations, bear out the claim. Closed mid-October through April.
Jules Besch Stationers, 15 Bank St. (tel. 508/349-1231), specializes in stationery products, including papers, ribbon, gift cards, handmade journals and albums, desktop pen sets, guest books, and unusual gift items. This exquisite store in a mansard-roofed former bank building is certainly worth a browse. Closed January through March.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.