Have you noticed that antique stores seem to be appearing on every street corner lately? Especially in smaller towns? It’s hardly something to complain about, considering how unique and special some antique finds can be. What makes them so alluring is knowing these items have such a rich history and have lived through many important historical times. Plus, there’s no denying how trendy they can be. The truth is, the concept behind antiquing really never goes out of style. If you’re looking for a little something special to accent your home, here are the towns you’ll need to visit.
1. Stuart's Draft
Located in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, the Stuart's Draft Antique Mall is a family-owned and operated business with plenty of antique goodies to offer. Since 1994, this has been a treasure trove of Victorian furniture, framed artwork, vintage jewelry, and more. The antique mall is open 7 days a week, with limited hours on Sunday.
Staunton is a true gem in the antique world. Shoppers will love meandering downtown and visiting several merchants that carry unique items. One such store is 17 E. Beverly Antiques. This store has been in Staunton for over 10 years and is a conglomerate of 7 different independent antique shops. This is the stop for vintage textiles, quilts, and even clothes. This unique mix of items is presented in a friendly atmosphere with lots of helpful people to answer any questions regarding the items.
The Staunton Antiques Center is also not to be missed if you should find yourself in Downtown Staunton. The 10,000 square foot space deals both collectibles and antiques. It may not be the biggest option for antiques in the area, but the selection is high quality.
Nestled in the beautiful Virginia Hunt Country, Middleburg is an excellent place for antique hunting. The Middleburg Antique Emporium has the effect of a beautifully decorated Victorian home. The unique and one-of-a-kind items you'll find here won't cost you an arm and a leg, either. Some of the loyal customers have been known to travel out of state to purchase something special from the Middleburg Antique Emporium.
Just an hour from Washington D.C., the historic and lovely town of Millwood is an antique haven. The hand selected antiques you'll find at the Red Schoolhouse hail from Britain, continental Europe, and America. The store has been featured in noteworthy publications such as Elle Decor and the New Traditional. The owners of the business are also dedicated farmers who are based in Scotland. Visitors can enjoy browsing one-of-a-kind cupboards, coffee tables, and more in this friendly country atmosphere.
Petersburg Pickers is a unique consignment shop that has just about anything and everything. That makes your visit an exciting one -- you just never know what's in store. These folks specialize in home decor as well as outdoor and garden. It's a consignment shop too, so if you've got anything that you think someone else could love, this is the place to bring it. Estate tag sales are also held here every other weekend, Friday - Sunday.
6. Meadows of Dan
Tucked away in southwestern Virginia you'll find plenty of treasure troves. The Mayberry Trading Post in Meadows of Dan will make for a memorable visit, not so much because of what's inside but rather the history of the building. The structure was originally the town's post office, built in 1892. Today it functions more as a general store where you can purchase some memorable vintage items. If you happen to stop by on a weekend during the fall, you won't want to miss their apple butter making demonstrations.
Gloucester's pristine farmland lends itself beautifully to all sorts of antiques. Holly Hill Antiques is a wonderful place to browse antique furniture, largely from the 19th and 20th centuries. The visit to Holly Hill itself is one worth taking, the beautiful building sits atop a hill and you'll also notice the silo as a landmark that you're in the right spot. Another unique aspect about this store is the $1 room, which will be lots of fun to look through.
While Roanoke is not the smallest of towns, its antique scene is truly unique. Take the Black Dog Architectural Salvage, for example. This company takes antique wood and metal pieces and helps refurnish them into homes and businesses. Some of the architectural treasures you can expect to find here also include stain glass windows, wrought iron fencing, and fireplace mantels.
Fredericksburg has no shortage of antique venues. One of the most memorable stops will be Deep Creek Vintage, which you'll find in a manor house that dates back to the 1750s. There are beautiful up-cycled antiques as well as furniture that has been refurbished to suit even a more modern decor.
The Strasburg Emporium is one of the largest collections of antiques in the Shenandoah Valley. You'll want to dedicate at least a couple hours to meandering through this space which accommodates over 60 different dealers. You can expect to browse through some historic militaria, furniture, and rare coins.
Last but certainly not least, we have America's largest antique mall in Verona. The Factory Antique Mall has just about anything and everything you'd be on the lookout for. The mall is located conveniently off of I-81 and is definitely a place worth visiting. The huge selection of merchandise hails from all over the world, and ranges from gorgeous furniture pieces to smaller trinkets. There's even a cafe built into the mall so that serious shoppers can refuel.
We know we’ve only scratched the surface of the antique world in Virginia. So now it’s your turn to share: we’d love to hear where you go to find the best antique treasures in the state. (Unless you’d rather keep that a secret!)