Virginia’s rich history makes for prized antiquing. One never knows when one might come across a Civil War-era relic or a piece of furniture from the founding of our nation. It is this possibility that makes the search for antiques across Virginia all the more exciting. Below are 10 of the must-hit stops on any antique road trip.
Black Dog Salvage is known for the television show “Salvage Dawgs,” which airs on HGTV and DIY. They are most interested in “repurposing and resale of architectural, commercial, and industrial elements and fixtures including salvaged mantels, doors, windows, stained glass, wrought iron, vintage pluming and hardware, period lighting, art tile, unique old house parts, gates,” and more. With over 40,000 square-feet of warehouse space, the Black Dog offers a full-on marketplace in addition to their own wares. Paint furniture, check out other unique vendors, and stop by the design center for custom design work. You could easily spend a few days in with the Black Dog and still not see everything. In other words, this place is an antique lover’s dream.
Leesburg is a bit of an antiquing mecca. The Historic section is home to the Leesburg Antiques and Collectibles Dealers Association, which represent over 120 dealers, including the massive and ever-changing Antique Emporium. The Emporium takes up an entire department store and offers furniture, collectibles, and art, and accessories from over 40 dealers.
The Middleburg Antique Emporium was founded in 1999 and has since grown to include over 45 dealers with an ever-changing array of treasures. The selection is large and varied, ranging from English and Scottish long case clocks to jewelry, lamps, oriental rugs, sporting antiques, coin silver, fireplace accessories, porcelain, and prints. The Middleburg Emporium is open year-round from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and closes only on major holidays. Make sure to carve out a hefty chunk of time to properly enjoy all the Emporium has to offer.
The Factory Antique Mall in Verona, Virginia, is the largest mall in America. Local dealers can rent booth space in this ever-growing arcade. Since 1996, this 121,000-square-foot repurposed clothing factory has offered antique hunters across the country with destination shopping. The mall provides set dressings for film and television, including Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Break up your shopping day with lunch at the café before diving back in.
The Blue Crow Antique Mall houses 200 antique stores dealing in furniture, hand carved decoys, fishing lures, glass and dolls. Bring your pet and drop it off at the 1.5-acre pet walk while you browse. The Blue Crow Antique Mall is the second largest mall in the state, just after The Factory. The owners traveled across America and Canada seeking out the greatest antique malls and compiled their “market research” to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Blue Crow. It shows.
The Strasburg Emporium offers a wide selection that caters to budgets large and small. Sixty dealers make up this 52,000-square-foot space selling vintage jewelry, historic military memorabilia, furniture, and coins. Check out their website before stopping in to see the latest arrivals, updated regularly.
Sheppard Street Antiques in Richmond, Virginia, is the culmination of a dream. The owner’s passion for history led her to the world of antiques and, when it came time to leave the corporate world, she lived her dream of opening an antique mall. Sheppard Street Antiques once specialized in garden related accessories, but now offers everything you could imagine. In addition, Sheppard provides local artists with a place to sell their art, jewelry, and other homemade items.
While other antique dealers on this list offer a little of everything, Oyster House in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializes almost exclusively in traditional Chinese furniture. Each item is selected individually and shipped from main land China back to the United States for restoration before hitting the Oyster House floor. You can count on authenticity and quality from anything purchased at Oyster House.
The Stuart Draft Antique Mall in Stuart Draft, Virginia, houses 50 unique dealers in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Items for sale include stoneware, crystal, framed art, repurposed items, art pottery, vintage jewelry, cottage style furniture, and more. Like most antique stores, the inventory is always changing, so make sure to check out their Facebook page for the latest.
The Cottage’s slogan is “well loved furnishings,” and it couldn’t be more apt. Everything about it from the website to the 18th century historic house in which the antiques are stored is cozy. Inside you’ll find farm tables, painted cupboards, iron beds, candles, chandeliers, ironstone bowls, and more. According to one of the owners, The Cottage is “all about fun, funky, thinking-outside-the-box vintage.” If that sounds like your cup of tea, stop by and give them a look-see.