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Check out Delaware’s top antique shops

Delaware Antique StoreIn a state that’s been around as long as Delaware has, the heritage and history runs deep, instilling a fine appreciation for the glories of the past. That in turn inspires a remarkable market for antiques and vintage treasures, ranging from the higher-end boutiques in the Centreville area to the always affordable antiques malls dotted across the state. Here are some of the Delaware antique stores – and remember: all of your purchases in Delaware are tax-free!

Goodeals, Inc.
537 Main St., Stanton
(302) 999-1737
Ranked #1 in statewide Readers’ Choice Poll for Delaware’s Best Antique Shop.

Main Street Antiques
23 Possum Park Mall, Newark
(302) 733-7677
A great spot for browsing the affordable and eclectic selections of many dealers in one stop.

The Antique Station
1697 DuPont Highway/U.S. 13, Saint Georges
(302) 365-5520
Many have spent more time than they had expected in this richly stocked antiques mall.

Riverside Antique Mall
34 N. Walnut St., Milford
Multiple vendors and a wide variety, all located in the heart of a quaint town.

Heritage Antiques Market
16168 Coastal Hwy, Lewes
(302) 645-2309
This mall spreads over 9,500 square feet, featuring 50 dealers.

Lewes Mercantile Antiques
109 2nd St., Lewes
(302) 645-7900
Antiques mall tucked off the main street of Lewes is known for its hard-to-find treasures.


posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Find your best deals on holiday shopping in Delaware

Holiday HoppingHoliday shoppers from nearby states know where to go for the latest and greatest gifts at the lowest prices – they drive straight to Delaware. Because Delaware is one of just five states without a sales tax, a quick trip over the border can mean major savings on holiday shopping this year. Here are some of the best places to find your holiday bargains in Delaware (be sure to also check out our Online Shopping Directory):

The Apple Store: Imagine a superstore filled with all the latest Apple goodies, along with staffers eager to let you play. Now imagine that you could buy all of these goodies – the laptops, the iPads, the iPods – at prices far below what they sell for in other states (thanks to Delaware’s tax-free shopping). That’s what holiday shoppers will find at the Christiana Mall Apple Store, where customers are more than welcome to sit and explore the electronic fun.

The Microsoft Store: Just up the corridor from the Apple Store at Christiana Mall, Microsoft is also eager to give holiday shoppers an enlivening electronic experience. A great place to save big on that Xbox One or trendy tablet you’ve been craving.

Tanger Outlets: When it comes to fun in the sun, the Delaware beaches are tops. When it’s time to save on holiday gifts, the state’s beaches also rule —thanks to the Tanger Outlets, which have three mega-centers along Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach, just a day trip from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Brands to look out for: Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Cole Haan and more.

Christiana Mall DelawareChristiana Mall: It may be the perfect holiday shopping destination: It’s tax-free, it’s conveniently located just off Interstate 95, and it has an amazing new lineup of high-end, hard-to-find stores, including Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Apple, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Target and Cabela’s. Plus, the restaurants are divine: Cheesecake Factory, BRIO Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen.

Main Street in Newark and Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach: If fun, funky gifts are what you desire, these are two of Delaware’s best streets to find those charming boutiques and enjoy some inventive food. Check out more at our list of Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware.

U.S. 202/Concord Pike Corridor: Northwest of Wilmington, shoppers arrive from around the East Coast each holiday season to save on sales taxes at the big-name retailers that are clustered along this commercial corridor, one of our Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware. Some of the highlights include: Best Buy, Concord Mall (Macy’s, Sears, Boscov’s), hhgregg, Jared Jewelry, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta, Barnes & Noble and Target.


posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This fall, pumpkin is about so much more than pie

Inside and outside of the state, Delaware is known for its pumpkins – big pumpkins, little pumpkins, pumpkins in drinks, pumpkins in ice cream, and even pumpkins that are hurled.

Some of Delaware’s pumpkin products are more than mere gimmicks, though, and have achieved near-cult status among the state’s most dedicated pumpkin fans – the mushroom pumpkin soup at Back Burner restaurant, for example, or the “Punkin Ale” shipped out each fall from Milton’s famous Dogfish Head Brewery. Other times, pumpkins are merely the starting point for a whole weekend’s worth of fun, as they are at the various fall festivals at Delaware farms.

Whatever your particular pumpkin preference, it’s a safe bet that something in Delaware will flip your gourd.

Pumpkin-related Fall Festivals and Attractions

Fifer Orchards PumpkinsFifer Orchards
This beloved orchard has U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hay rides, fresh-pressed cider and lots of other fall fun.

1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934

Ramsey's Farm/Pumpkin Patch
This 12-acre farm features an 8-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and even bonfires and evening group hay rides.

330 Ramsey Rd
(located after 500 Ramsey Road - Look for our large gate and banners.)
Wilmington, DE  19803
(302) 477-1499      

T.S. Smith & Sons Farm
A great place for local produce year-round, T.S. Smith knows how to keep things festive in the fall. A great spot for U-pick apples.

Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo

8887 Redden Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
(302) 337-8271, (302)236-3675

Don’s Tree Farm
Tractor-pulled hayrides and 15 types of U-pick pumpkins are sure signs that the holidays are coming at this Christmas tree farm.

6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE 19950

Peco's Liquors Great Pumpkin Debate
A fun way to sample and celebrate pumpkin beers, featuring live music, BBQ and hay rides.

Sept. 27, 2014
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bellevue State Park
$30 per person

Pumpkin Food & Drink

Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream DelawareWoodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-9847
Flavors: Pumpkin and pumpkin pecan

535 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2486
Flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake (pumpkin and cheesecake ice creams swirled together with cinnamon cobbler pieces)

In Restaurants

Home Grown Café
126 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-6993
On the menu: Sweet Potato Pie Bisque; Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with maple lacquered bacon “bits”

Back Burner Restaurant & Bar
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2314
On the menu: Pumpkin Mushroom Soup with sour cream, seasoned croutons, fresh chives

Piccolina Toscana
1412 North DuPont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
On the menu: Pumpkin beignets with caramel dipping sauce

Baked Goods

Cannon's Custom Cakes & Bakery
228 Astro Center Shopping Center
Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19713
On the menu: Pumpkin Squares

Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop
36 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5760
On the menu: Pumpkin bars; Pumpkin Spice Latte

Frankfurt Bakery & Deli
323 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 741-0180
On the menu: Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Beer

Dogfish Punkin AleDogfish Head Punkin Ale. “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.” Named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza, Punkin Chunkin. Released right around Sept. 1 each year. Available at many stores nationwide.

Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale. Available on-tap at the multiple locations of this popular local restaurant and brewery. Look out for special pumpkin Ale-oriented events.

Fordham's Spiced Harvest Ale. This Dover brewery’s fall seasonal is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and, of course, pumpkin. Available at select stores.


posted on: Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:57 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top spots for hard-to-find school supplies

There are school supplies, and then there are too-cool-for-school supplies. We’ve scoured the state for the stores where mom and dad can find unique school supplies – that nifty backpack, the perfect art set. 

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach

And remember, because there’s no sales tax, Delaware’s also the go-to place for higher-ticket electronic devices. Consumers from other states routinely save hundreds of dollars on laptops and tablets at the Apple and Microsoft stores at Christiana Mall, and at the Sony store at Tanger Outlets near Rehoboth Beach.

Tax-free shopping also means big savings on the more routine school supplies at such popular big-box stores as Staples, Office Depot, Target, Best Buy and many more.

Becker’s School Supplies
4345 Kirkwood Highway (Kirkwood Plaza)
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 993-1403 

The Classroom Corner
208 Main St.
Millsboro, DE 19966-8411
(302) 934-1172

Finley’s Art Shoppe
2311 Ogletown Road
Newark DE 19711
(302) 731-8384 

Jerry’s Artarama
704 N. Market St.
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 268-1239

Learning Express Toys
4239 Concord Pike
Talleyville, DE 19803-1403
(302) 478-7970

University of Delaware Bookstore
83 East Main St. Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-2637


posted on: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 10:41 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Black Friday Tax-Free Shopping Hours and Locations in Delaware 2013

Shop tax-free in Delaware during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season to find great deals on electronics, name-brand clothing and specialty items. 

Microsoft Store Delaware• The Christiana Mall located off I-95 in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Apple, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Anthropologie, Target, etc. Store openings begin Thursday, November 28th at 8:00 p.m. Hours and times vary based on the specific store locations. 

• The Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach will be open for 23 hours straight with their annual Moonlight Madness Sale! Beginning Thanksgiving night at 10:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. on Black Friday. They offer stores such as; Sony, Bose, kate spade, J.Crew, Tommy Bahama, etc. Find exclusive after Thanksgiving sales throughout the entire holiday weekend. 

• The Concord Mall located in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Best Buy, Sears, Boscov’s, Macy’s, H&M, etc. Stores within the Concord Mall will be open from Midnight - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29th. Department store and restaurant hours may vary.

• The Dover Mall is located in Central Delaware off of Route 1 and includes stores such as; a new Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Sears, Boscov’s, JcPenney, Macy’s, etc. A Best Buy, Delaware holiday shoppingTarget and Sam’s Club are within a 10-minute driving distance. Stores within the Dover Mall will begin opening at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 28th and will remain open till Friday, November 29th at 10:00 p.m. Department store hours may vary.

• Delaware offers many charming boutiques especially in the historic downtown communities. Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 30th while tax-free shopping. Click here to view listings of shopping locations and please call ahead of time to check their holiday shopping hours.

Trip ideas and travel resources:

Sign up for deal alerts on BlackFriday.com

Search through hotel listings and book online

Dine out in Delaware

Upcoming Delaware holiday events

Take a girls getaway


posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Plan your Black Friday Excursion

Black Friday is the most exciting shopping day of the year - nothing compares to planning, dashing, parking, shopping and the checkout experiences. Here in Delaware we try to make the experience a bit easier on your pocketbook because everything is tax-free. So while the other components of the Black Friday experience elsewhere might be the same – you will have more money to spend by shopping in Delaware. Other states may charge up to 6 to 8% in fees and sales tax, which quickly adds up when you are shopping.

Here are some tips for planning a Black Friday excursion in Delaware:

Christiana Mall Black FridayFrom North to South - Start either at the Concord Mall, which is, right over the Pennsylvania line or Christiana Mall, which is located off 95. Before heading out, do some research on the products you are searching for and the stores you are targeting. Then, decide which Mall or store fits your needs. Both malls will be open super early! Of course, parking and access will be sluggish during the first couple of hours but that is all part of the Black Friday experience. Don’t worry there is enough tax-free shopping to get around!

After hitting up Concord or Christiana, you can make your way downstate to the Dover Mall and Tanger Outlets.

From South to North (Or from the West) - Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach is the place to go! Over 150 brand name outlets plus, deals and discounts that happen all through the night beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Make sure to check their website before shopping for extra deals. Here is a big travel tip: in the Seaside outlets (on the north bound side) there is additional parking in the back of the center!

Once you’ve completed your Tanger Outlets adventure, you can head up north to the Dover, Christiana and Concord Malls to pick up additional items on your list.

Microsoft Store DelawareFor electronics and large ticket items: Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy always have great deals and special hours on Black Friday as you travel north to south or vice versa you will find locations throughout the state. Don’t forget, the Christiana Mall is home to a Microsoft and Apple Store and the Tanger Outlets has a Sony and Bose store location.

Need a little caffeine jolt to the morning? All of the shopping locations have on-site and nearby dining for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner if you plan on shopping all day! Local favorites include: Einstein Bros Bagels (northern locations), Brew Ha Ha!, Notting Hill Coffee (Lewes), Dolce (Milford), Espresso n’ Ice (Dover) and of course, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and all of your favorites are throughout the state!

Black Friday DelawareTips from expert Black Friday shoppers:
-- To avoid crowds and still enjoy the deals, start your shopping around 2:00 a.m.

-- If you have smart phone download the store apps for coupons right on your phone.

-- Tanger Outlets has a mobile app you can use all year long for bargains!

The bottom line is for phenomenal deals and great fun - SHOP DELAWARE! And if you are ready for more shopping after Black Friday then, visit our boutiques and small business throughout the state for Small Business Saturday!


posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 3:32 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Hunting for Bargains in Delaware!

Hunting fowl and wildlife is a cherished fall tradition that I’ve shared with my son for years.

I share a different kind of annual hunting experience with my daughter: Chasing down bargains on Black Friday.

Just like a hunting trip in the wild, Lindsey and I have made a day of the deal quest since she was 12, and over the years we’ve refined it into a well-oiled machine.

Two days before this Super Bowl of savings we plot it all out: Which stores we need to get to, which coupons we have for each store, and what gifts we need to get for each family member and friend. This year we were armed with new shopping apps to find the best deals.

Black Friday ShoppingWe get up sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. and load up on caffeine before heading out armed with a manila folder containing our finely tuned list. The first stop is most likely Tanger Outlets – Bayside, unless we need some electronics, and in that case a stop at Wal-Mart is added to the agenda.

We’ve figured out that the earlier you get there, the better the discounts. But that doesn’t mean we get there at midnight, when the lines are stuffed with people looking to do the exact same thing as you. We aim to do our thing from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., when there’s no lines, more parking and just as many discounts.

We hit the outlets hard. Lindsey loves J. Crew and since I am more mature (older) I like Ann Taylor, and we always make sure to scour Nine West, Michael Kors,  Banana Republic, Gap and sometimes even Nike and Under Armour to snag some gifts for the guys.

We don’t waste any time or try anything on. We get in, and we get out. We’re power shoppers. This helps us take advantage of the great Black Friday deals, which become even greater when we use our Tanger Club Card, giving us an additional 10 percent. And, of course, all of the shopping is tax free!

All of the stores, names and gifts are typically crossed off our list by 11 a.m., and then we go to lunch. If there’s a good girlie movie playing, we’ll grab some popcorn, rest in a cozy theater chair and make a day of it. This year, Lindsey is getting a puppy, so that’s going to be our big post-shopping present.

Yes, the deals are phenomenal, and you can’t beat the excitement of shopping at Tanger’s roster of retailers. But Black Friday shopping is a highlight of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend because it’s a different kind of annual hunting trip, a time for my daughter and I to bond and have a blast – minus the duck calls and the guns.

*Featured guest blog post by Linda Parkowski – Director of Tourism, State of Delaware.


posted on: Monday, Nov 26, 2012 12:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Black Friday Tax-Free Shopping Hours and Locations in Delaware

Shop tax-free in Delaware during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season!

Christiana Mall• The Christiana Mall will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012. Select stores will be opening earlier including Target, which will open on Thanksgiving night at 9:00 p.m. For detailed information about store hours and sales, go to http://www.shopchristianamall.com.

• The Concord Mall will open at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012. Department store and restaurant hours may vary. For more information about deals, please visit http://www.concordmall.com.

• The Dover Mall will open at Midnight on Friday, November 23, 2012. For more information on specific sales, please visit http://www.simon.com/mall/dover-mall.

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach• The Tanger Outlets Moonlight Madness and After Thanksgiving Sale begins at 10:00 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Tanger Outlets “Deals after Dark” includes 20% off at participating stores and runs from November 22-23rd 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. The Tanger Outlets “Deals at Dawn” includes 30% off at participating stores and is on November 23rd from 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. To download the savings pass, go to http://www.tangeroutlet.com.

• Delaware offers many charming boutiques especially in the historic downtown communities. Celebrate Small Business Saturday while tax-free shopping. Click here to view listings of shopping locations and please call ahead of time to check their holiday shopping hours.

Trip ideas and travel resources:
Search through hotel listings and book online

Dine out in Delaware

Upcoming Delaware holiday events

Take a girls getaway


posted on: Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 2:04 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Consignment Shop Fashionistas in Tax-Free Delaware

Today’s fashionista is a woman with a penchant for shopping and a natural flair for combining both current and vintage fashionable trends. Now combine that with the fact that
Delaware is home to tax-free shopping and features some of the most unique consignment shops in the mid-Atlantic area and you’re in for a memorable shopping experience! 

What woman wouldn’t want to pay just a fraction of the retail cost for a designer brand?
Or add an affordable vintage jacket to a new pair of jeans they just bought at one of the many affordable retail stores throughout Delaware like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s or Macy’s? Or add a funky used scarf or puConsignment Shop in Delawarerse to the cute shirt they just purchased at a Tanger Outlet store in beautiful Rehoboth Beach?

Delaware is proud of the fact it boosts upscale, designer resale shops like The Great Stuff in Wilmington. All proceeds benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition! Other classy and classic women’s consignment shops include Designer Consigner in Hockessin, Rags to Riches in Centreville, Sacks Thrift Avenue in Wilmington and Bailee 21 in Smyrna. 

Don’t forget the newly remodeled and expanded Goodwill stores up and down the State!  Salvation Army has great finds, too!

Designer fashion at a fraction of the price in tax-free Delaware. Shop and save today!


posted on: Friday, Aug 10, 2012 10:40 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Add a splash of color to your trip to the Delaware Beaches!

Tax-free shopping tips and ideas

PiccolinoSummertime at Delaware beaches can easily be described as heaven on earth.  Surf, sun, sand, bronzed skin, the smell of the salt water and suntan lotion in the air, a good summer read, delicious dinners, and time spent with family and friends…can it get much better??  If you can believe it, the answer is yes!!  Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are both home to the best boutique shopping around!  You’ll find splashes of color and tons of style decking the streets of these summer communities.  Ashley King, owner of Piccolino in Lewes, DE, reports “the trends in colors this season are definitely showing a range of diversity – from soft pastels to vibrant brights!  Anything with mint-green and tangerine orange would be a great addition to any wardrobe.”

Rehoboth Beach ShoppingIf you’re looking for a new swimsuit – head to South Moon Under!  Their selection of bathing suits is the best around and you’ll be sure to find something to suit your fancy!  Bright colors, elaborate beading, and shimmery suits cover the walls of the second floor.  Don’t forget to browse their selection of stylish swimsuit cover-ups.  You’ll need it for trips to the boardwalk to replenish your magazine stash and to grab a snack at a beach front restaurant.  

Are you in search of a new summer dress to wear?  Favorite boutique shopping destinations include: Downtown Cowgirl, Piccolino, Azura, C.L.A.D., Bella Luna, Aquamarine on Market, and Hula Sue!  You’ll be sure to find the latest trends in jewelry, handbags, dresses, skirts and more.  Fashionable summer finds are hard to miss in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach – home of sun, sand and style.


posted on: Friday, Jun 22, 2012 12:08 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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