Resort towns: Lower Cape Cod, MA


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By the Sea

Driftwood Company This studio/shop reworks found objects, like pieces of broken ships and old fishing lures, into everything from weather-beaten mantels to side tables and lamps.
94 West Rd. ORLEANS 508-240-5783, bytheseadriftwood.com

Jobi Pottery Truro

You'll never find it unless you're looking for it (it's off the highway on the way to Provincetown), but it's well worth searching out, if only for the iconic handmade bud vases glazed with little minnows and the beautiful serving platters.
3 Depot Rd. TRURO 508-349-2303, jobipottery.com

Midsummer Nights

Situated in a white clapboard house on Chatham's main, buzzing street, Midsummer Nights is a one-stop shop for everything from bedding and candles to fancy jewelry, though all the merchandise adheres to the same Caribbean-meets-Boston aesthetic. We're particularly smitten with the clothing, like Tocca dresses in soft peach hues and woven Tory Burch tunics.
471 Main St. Chatham 508-945-5562

Weekend

Co-owner Mari Porcari used to be a set decorator, so she knows how to mix such seemingly disparate items as handpainted enamel glasses, leather poufs, and printed Ulla Johnson tops. It's all strikingly displayed in this former 1800s general store, which is just a mile from Nauset Beach—one of the Cape's most beautiful stretches of sand.
217 Main St. East Orleans 508-255-9300, capeweekend.com

Wellfleet Flea Market

It may be the biggest and most established flea market in Cape Cod, but it's easy to work your way through the pickings in under an hour on your way to the beach (go early, as everyone generally packs up when it starts to get hot, often by 11 AM). Standouts include salvaged anchors, gold jewelry, and shell chandeliers.
51 Rte. 6 WELLFLEET 508-349-0541, wellfleetcinemas.com

Yak Arts

You'll first notice this long-standing establishment because a handful of its gorgeous teakwood benches are scattered across its front lawn. They make them by hand in the back and then let them fade in the sun. Inside, there's a bizarre but amusing array of Indonesian artifacts and antiques, though the chairs remain the biggest draw.
21 S. Orleans Rd. ORLEANS 508-240-0511