New England has a
great write up on why check out the Berkshires http://www.visitingnewengland.com/antiques-berkshires.html
For those that want to just poke around locally using the 1896 House as a base here are 3 great local antique spots in Williamstown to go check out.
The Library Antiques (5 minutes by car)
The Library Antiques offers a variety of antiques and lifestyle accessories including furniture, lighting, jewelry, art, rare books, and more.
70 Spring Street,
413-458-3436 and 800-294-4798
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm
Saddleback Antiques (1.5 minutes by car, about 20 minutes to walk to)
Offering a large inventory including Civil War; Western; Folk Art; furniture; books; stoneware, farm tools and much more!
OPEN Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday noon - 5pm
Collectors Warehouse (1 minute by car, 11 minutes to walk to)
A shop every kind of collector will enjoy
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (hours may change please call)
Here are a few sites that list multiple antique shops in the Berkshire area for those that want to get in a full day of antique shopping: