Best of Boston

2001 Best Antiques, North

South Essex Antiques

When the gridlocked traffic gets us down, all we need to do is pull into South Essex Antiques for its eclectic and always satisfying assortment of 19th-century papier-mâché clown heads, distinctive outdoor furniture, imported fabrics, and Colonial fireplace mantels.

166 Eastern Ave., Essex, 978-768-6373,