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Maryland Shopping

Antique Row
801–877 North Howard Street
Baltimore , Maryland

Several centuries' worth of collectibles are wedged into this 100-yard stretch of shops in a residential area just northwest of posh Mount Vernon, about a mile and a half from the Inner Harbor along the light-rail line. Options range from Dubey's Art & Antiques (807 N. Howard; 410-383-2882;, which specializes in Chinese export porcelain, and Imperial Half Bushel (831 N. Howard; 410-462-1192;, an expert in American and European silver.

Guyette and Schmidt
933 Talbot Street
St. Michaels , Maryland
Tel: 410 745 0085

Located on a major flyway, the vast Chesapeake wetlands have long been a hotbed for duck hunters who used wooden decoys to lure their winged quarry. The hand-whittled and painstakingly painted works have become highly collectible folk art, at prices even approaching six figures (the cost of an early-20th-century decoy by noted Massachusetts carver Joseph Lincoln still embedded with large-gauge shot). This gallery, which belongs to the world's leading decoy-auction firm, has an excellent inventory of antique and contemporary decoys from makers across North America.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

Hampden Junque
1006 West 36th Street
Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 410 889 6453

If director John Waters were to give up the movie business and open an antique shop, it might look something like this Hampden kitschfest. If you're in the market for black-velvet paintings of Elvis, crab-shell-shaped ashtrays, Shriners' fezzes, '50s cocktail shakers, pinup postcards, talking Pee Wee Herman dolls, or vintage Life magazine covers of Barbra Streisand, you've found the right place.

Open Thursdays through Sundays 11 am to 4 pm.

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Lexington Market
400 West Lexington Street
Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 410 685 6169

Since 1782, Baltimoreans have flocked to this downtown site for fresh seafood, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Completely rebuilt in 2002, the complex holds 140 merchant stalls. Grab a coffee from Konstant's, a fixture since 1896, and wander the busy aisles to family-owned Faidley's Seafood (410-752-6461;, an anchor tenant since 1886 with a raw bar and tubs of crab, shrimp, fish—and even muskrat and raccoon in season (Jan. 1 to March 15).

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 am to 6 pm.

Mud and Metal
1121 West 36th Street
Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 410 467 8698

Packed with unique home-decor items, this small Hampden shop may have you considering a radical room makeover. Items range from the sedate, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired light switch plates, to the certifiable: Hilda the Birdfeeder, a hand-painted ceramic feeder shaped like a woman with a beehive hairdo. And nothing says you care less than a "Jesus Hates It When You Smoke" ashtray.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 10 am to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.

42 Randall Street
Annapolis , Maryland
Tel: 410 263 4982

Even if sailboat ownership is out of your price range, you can still afford to have a piece of the yacht. This shop near Annapolis's City Dock sells duffel bags stitched from sturdy recycled sail cloth, as well as totes, laptop bags, and even jackets and vests. All of the one-of-a-kind outerwear and bags, which are made in a Newport, R.I., sail loft, use waterproof fabrics such as Dacron coated with a UV sunscreen to prevent fading and also come with a lifetime guarantee on materials and workmanship.

Open daily 10 am to 10 pm.

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