- Globe display at Exit 19.
It’s official—residents of the Hudson Valley don’t have to trek to big-city showrooms to avail themselves of high-end, unusual, or designer home goods. Nor are we limited to just the big-box stores when we do house renos. At a few of our favorite local home goods stores you can get the work of nearby artisans and artists as well as the kind of things found on 1stdibs.com or on the pages of glossy shelter magazines. But it’s not all pricey—there are loads of gifts or tchotchkes (tasteful, of course) for all occasions. And some of these venues offer design consults for a low fee. Check out our roundup of home goods stores at price points all over the budget spectrum.
1. Exit Nineteen
- Trophy Deer Roe at Exit 19 arrives flat packed with simple instructions: fun and easy to assemble. Sections click together and are held securely with rubber rings. No glue or tools required. Environmentally friendly, made using eco materials and nontoxic coloring
This shop in Kingston—from the team behind Spruce in Rhinebeck, John Krenek and Jamie Niblock—opened in 2015 in the city's Stockade District. Named for the nearest New York Thruway exit, the large tin-ceilinged space features a rotating collection of furniture by masters of the mid-century era. Also of the time: a heavy emphasis on barware. At Exit 19, You'll be able to stock a party-friendly bar with everything from Peychaud's Bitters to muddling spoons and a hand-blown wine carafe with oak stopper (at only $35 it's a very reasonable hostess gift). Serve it all up on a sleek, stainless steel Arne Jacobsen tray. The shop's layered vignettes are filled with colorful blown glass vases, stacks of Ridley games, and art on the walls (including quirky animal portraits on plates and faux deer heads). You'll go for decor inspiration and to browse the extensive selection of gorgeous scented candles, candle sticks, lanterns, Donghia silk pillows, lighting (task lamps that add a pop of color to a study), and coffee paraphernalia. The classic metal toolbox ($85) would make a great Mother's Day (or Father's Day) gift. The owners pride themselves on having goods from a few bucks to thousands.
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3. Lili & Loo
Each room in this Hudson shop feels like you've wandered into a private home. The retailer morphed from a Manhattan flea market stall full of diverse objects some 20 years ago to the current 15-room shop on two floors in three adjoining 19th century buildings on Hudson's Warren Street, plus a 2,000-square-foot backyard. Lili & Loo's vibe is very "world traveler," stylish and sophisticated with a mix of decorative objects, anything you'd put on your table when entertaining, furniture (side tables to sofas), art, and an extensive selection of textiles to bedeck your windows and floors. For a fee, they'll "roomscape" your house—i.e. give redecorating tips. In recent months, Lili and Loo has expanded its selection of wearables—clothing, sunglasses, purses, jewelry, etc. There's a virtual gallery tour on the store website to pre-plan your shopping trip.
4. ReStore of Newburgh
Like any thrift store, you never know what you'll find—a giant wrought iron wagon-wheel chandelier or a set of '50s highball glasses or some retro door knobs. Or a couch. But these stores offer everything from furniture (small and large) to doors and windows to the literal kitchen sink. Unlike a commercial home good shop, where you can count on certain basics or multiples of a popular item, at the ReStore the law is strike while the iron is hot and don't put it down until you're sure you don't want to buy it. That said, volunteers are always glad to measure something or free a front door from the teetering stack for you to take a look. Or even price an unmarked item on the floor. Once priced, it's firm—don't try to bargain. However, you may not have the luxury of leisure here—some locations such as Newburgh require that items purchased from 10 to 3 pm must be picked up by 4:30 that same day. Items bought after 3 have to be collected by noon the following business day. This store's Facebook page and Twitter feed alerts you to any sales, donations from specific furniture makers, or specials (sales on tile or flooring or boxed lighting, etc.). Also good—you can off-load any of the non-joy-bringing home goods on your way in. Other Hudson Valley outposts can be found in Hudson, Kingston, and Poughkeepsie.