The town of Lake Worth, toward the southern end of Palm Beach County, has a concentration of Antique Malls and thrift shops that make it a worthwhile shopping destination. During a recent buying trip I scoped out the antique malls and found them full of interesting items. The three antique malls are located within a few blocks of each other along S. Dixie Highway (US 1) in, and adjacent to, the charming several block long LULA Arts District.
Coming from the south, the first place I stopped was BKG Antique Mall which has about 60 dealers.
As it was starting to get late, I was laser-focused on the jewelry and didn’t get to generally browse the store. I found two fantastic items, an older Georg Jensen brooch and a metallic-embroidered French purse from the 1920’s or 30’s.
Janet, the very helpful manager of BKG Antique mall, also let me know that its owner has an auction house called Bruce Kodner Galleries which holds estate auctions every other Sunday at 1:00 pm with previews that same day ( auctions are held more often “in season”). The auctions are on Live Auctioneers so, during my next visit, I plan to check out their auction online and, if there are items of interest to me, attend the auction.
One block north, at the corner of Lake Avenue and S. Dixie Highway is Carousel Antiques Center. As I arrived only a few minutes before closing I did a quick walk-through to see if it was worth a return visit, and it was. There were many cases of jewelry and other smalls, as well as a lot of furniture, more than in BKG.
Three blocks farther north is All Good Things Antiques and Collectibles. Once again, I found the manager to be very helpful. I purchased and a nice Beau Sterling brooch to add to my stock. While I typically don’t stock a lot of figural jewelry, I have a fondness for the modernist critters designed by Beau in the 1950’s since they capture their charm without being saccharine.
As I was driving north I noticed several thrift shops and antique shops. On my return visit I plan to check out these shops.
Where to eat: Though I wasn’t there at meal time, I noticed quite a few bars and restaurants along Lake and Lucerne Streets, the heart of the LULA (an abbreviation of Lucerne and Lake) Arts District; during my next visit I plan to scope out their lunch offerings. Before hitting the road I stopped for a quick snack at Hoffman’s Chocolate, a local business that has been making their own chocolates for 39 years. This is the type of old-fashioned chocolatier that used to be found throughout the country but is now is quite rare. A nice piece of dark chocolate cashew bark fueled me for the ride back to West Palm Beach.
BKG0 Antique Mall, 32 S. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth
Bruce Kodner Galleries, 24 S. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth
All Good Things Antiques and Collectibles, 328 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth
Hoffman’s Chocolate, 705 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth