At the start of every new year, we have a tendency to say, “Out with the old. In with the new.” But when it comes to antiques, old is exactly the point. These 15 shops throughout the state of Virginia make old seem like new with offerings that range from funky vintage to elegant antique. Whether you’re looking for collectible dishes, retro toys or beautifully restored foreign and domestic furniture, Virginia has a shop to meet your needs.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Purgatory Emporium, Buchanan
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named the town of Buchanan to their “10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.” list, it was with shops like Purgatory Emporium in mind. Located in historic downtown Buchanan along what is known as “Antique Alley,” Purgatory Emporium offers a wide selection of antiques, collectibles and gifts in more than 5,000 square feet of showcase space. Discover the treasures that await you in Buchanan’s Antique Alley by starting your search at Purgatory Emporium at 19762 Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066.
2. Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke
For a slightly different spin on antiquing, Black Dog Salvage reclaims architectural treasures from private homes and historic buildings around the country. Beginning in 2012, the team at Black Dog Salvage has been featured as “Salvage Dawgs” on HGTV, DIY and Great American Country. Their mission is to “reclaim, renew and redefine architectural salvage for a sustainable future,” and by doing so, they offer you a unique opportunity to shop their expansive collection of architectural masterpieces, home décor and collectibles, both online at
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and at their Roanoke shop located at 902 13th Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.
3. Middleburg Antiques Emporium, Middleburg
Considered one of the premier antique dealers in the Northern Virginia area, Middleburg Antiques Emporium prides themselves on diverse offerings and reasonable prices. Offering rare and hard-to-find pieces, as well as a large selection of housewares, furniture and art work, the emporium houses 45 dealers to ensure the best selection possible. To visit them for yourself, stop by their beautiful storefront at 107 W. Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20117.
4. Nest Antiques Art and Gifts, Richmond
Located in the historic Woodland Heights neighborhood of Richmond, Nest Antiques Art and Gifts is known for the eclectic offering of antique housewares, jewelry, art and home décor. Featuring exquisite period antiques, as well as art, candles and soaps from local artisans, Nest is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for others – or for yourself. Visit them at 3404 Semmes Ave, Richmond, VA 23225.
5. MarketPlace Antiques, Gloucester
Located on George Washington Memorial Highway, this expansive antique mall truly has something for everyone. Offering dozens of indoor antique and curiosity booths, MarketPlace Antiques provides a large selection of primitive pieces, period furniture, vintage housewares, jewelry and much, much more. Visit them to find your next treasure at 4872 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester, VA 23183.
6. Oyster House Antiques, Charlottesville
Oyster House Antiques is a staple of Charlottesville's historic downtown mall. The team at Oyster House handpicks all of their goods from mainland China and is known as a premier importer and wholesaler of beautifully restored furniture, art and home accessories. If you want to add an exotic look to your home or work space, Oyster House Antiques can provide the flair and quality you need. See their beautifully crafted showcase at 122 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
7. Gordonsville Antiques and Flea Market, Gordonsville
Dozens of vendors provide an ever-changing, and ever-interesting, collection of antiques, collectibles, dishes, pottery, furniture, jewelry, clothing and much more to the Gordonsville Antiques and Flea Market. This tastefully kept indoor space is open everyday but Tuesday and Wednesday and can be found at 403 James Madison Hwy, Gordonsville, VA 22942.
8. No Place Like Home, Arlington
Set amongst Arlington’s quirky, trendy and eclectic boutiques, No Place Like Home provides the perfect blend of them all. Featuring funky, vintage and bona-fide antique home furnishing, housewares, décor and jewelry, you’ll be sure to find items that will set your home apart. Located in an old gray farmhouse, this creative antique shop has a homey feel that makes shopping a pleasure. See their latest selection for yourself at 5140 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205.
9. West End Antiques Mall, Richmond
Time and again, West End Antiques Mall has been voted Richmond’s best antique mall by
reader poll. With another win in 2015, it’s easy to see why people love this shop with its spacious setting and more than 250 booths. Featuring furniture, glassware, jewelry, fine art, home décor, carpets and more, West End Antiques Mall has something for everyone. You can find them at the Crossroads Shopping Center on the corner of Staples Mill Road and West Broad Street at 2004 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230.
10. American in Paris Antiques, Paris
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“Ultimate Antiquing Tour,” American in Paris Antiques features world-class mid-18th to 19th century American antiques, specializing in American country, high country and formal furniture. Conveniently located just off of Route 50, American in Paris offers a broad array of furniture, art, textiles, jewelry, home décor and housewares to suit any taste. With their main hours being on Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday, 10am to 5pm, they are open by appointment most other days, so be sure to call ahead at 540-592-9008. Or visit their showroom at 694 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130.
11. Chula Junction Flea Market, Antiques and Collectibles, Amelia Courthouse
Just off of Patrick Henry Highway in Amelia, bargain lovers can hit the jackpot at Chula Junction. They offer a broad selection of furniture, antiques, hard to find collectibles, coins, gold and silver jewelry, housewares, art, candles and so much more. Find them at 12850 Patrick Henry Hwy, Amelia Court House, VA 23002.
12. Fredericksburg Antique Mall and Fredericksburg Antique Gallery, Fredericksburg
These sister stores in downtown Fredericksburg provide the perfect complement to one another with antique treasures to spare. With two floors of browsing space, the Fredericksburg Antique Mall is brimming with incredible finds – from collectible dishes and antique home décor to artwork and Civil War memorabilia. For larger items, head over to the Fredericksburg Antique Gallery for premier antique furniture and British antiques. The mall is located at 211 William Street in Old Town Fredericksburg, with the gallery close by at 1023 Caroline Street.
13. Ruckersville Gallery, Ruckersville
For some of the best antique finds available, the Ruckersville Gallery features an eclectic array of vendors with everything from arts and antiques to vintage collectibles and clothing. Estate sale items are often featured in the front room and inventory changes often, making it a place you will want to come back to time and again. Check their latest offerings at 8287 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, VA 22968.
14. The Cottage, Leesburg
With a shabby chic, rustic feel, this small shop in downtown Leesburg provides a virtual treasure trove of vintage finds, handcrafted artisan items and old-fashioned décor. Local owners, Linda Campbell and Ann Vaughan, carefully select their vintage goods, focusing on providing “well-loved” items that they can repurpose into creative products for your home. Visit The Cottage at 105 South King Street, Leesburg, VA 20176.
15. Barrett Street Auction Center and Antique Mall, Virginia Beach
As one of Virginia Beach’s premier antique dealers, Barrett Street Antique Mall is located just next to the Auction Center in a 28,000 square foot, climate-controlled showspace. Featuring rare antiques, collectibles, vintage memorabilia, beautifully restored period furniture and much more, Barrett Street Antique Mall offers a convenient location just off of Lynnhaven Parkway. You can visit Barrett Street Antiques at 2645 Dean Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
Are there any antique treasure troves you would add to the list? If you have a favotire spot to go antiquing in Virginia, we would love to hear about it in the comments below!