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Antiquing in the Valley: Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping

November 19, 2021

Antiquing is a wonderful way to connect with the past and bring a touch of history and uniqueness to your space. Antiques are affordable, often well crafted, engaging, and using them reduces your carbon footprint. Best of all, you can enjoy the thrill of the hunt. So why not start your holiday shopping early this year and score vintage gifts for everyone on your wishlist? Here’s how to find the Shenandoah Valley’s best treasures.

Rockbridge County

Yesterday Once More in downtown Lexington specializes in high-end new and antique furniture, art, and decor. They’re across the street from Brew Ridge Taps; stop in for lunch and a beer. Located just north of Lexington, Duke’s Antiques has 2,000 square feet of antique heaven with more than 200 vendors offering fun vintage toys, reclaimed architecture, out-of-print books, fine jewelry, crocks and pottery, art, and so much more. Then, visit their neighbor, Devil’s Backbone Tap House & Kitchen, for an afternoon refreshment.

3 Seasons Antiques & Unique Treasures in Fairfield is another option. Open March through December, 3 Seasons Antiques gives you 10 rooms full of antiques and vintage items, local artwork, gifts, and decorating items in an old-fashioned friendly atmosphere. Nearby is the picnic and dog-friendly Ecco Adesso Vineyards, which serves local wine and fare.

Waynesboro

Alpha and Omega specializes in all things vintage and unique. Look for furniture or cozy up, collectibles, primitives, pottery, paintings, and Civil War relics. Alpha and Omega also carry a large selection of books, records, dolls, and local memorabilia. Layne’s Antiques is loaded with goodies of all sorts, from furniture to small collectibles. If you’re seeking knowledge about antiques, the owners have plenty and are willing to share. Tubular Toy Box specializes in vintage toys, collectibles, comics, and other bits of nostalgia. Embrace your inner kid at their new arcade filled with antique games! 

The family-run Bargain Barn sells both used and new items at significantly reduced prices. They stock living and bedroom room furniture, dining tables, china cabinets, and appliances, as well as collectibles, televisions, and art. The inventory turnover is quick, so there’s always something new. The constantly rotating stock at Gio’s Treasures includes tools, clothing, shoes, electronics and gaming equipment, jewelry, furniture, and much, much more. Browse the vintage lawn ornaments out front, or grab a used copy of a game or DVD.

Reasonably-priced Habitat ReStore promotes sustainability and supports Habitat for Humanity. You can score bargains on furniture, lighting, and collectibles. If you’re remodeling, seek out deals on appliances and building supplies.

Staunton

17 E. Beverley Antiques is chock full of exciting discoveries like vintage sheet music and mid-century pin-ups. You can also peruse Christmas ornaments, toys, silver, jewelry, art, furniture, collectibles, and more, all with a story. Finally, make sure to head upstairs for vintage clothing and accessories. You’ll also find vintage wearables in Nanny June Vintage Clothing’s selection of timeless clothing and accessories. There’s everything from wedding dresses to mod club attire. The on-site Alteration Station can help you make those vintage fashions fit like they were designed for you.

Staunton Antiques Center sells antique furnishings, books, decor, table settings, art, lamps, collectibles, and so much more. There are 10,000 square feet of space here, so give yourself plenty of time lest you miss a treasure you don’t know you need. Worthington Hardware & Antiques is also loaded with household items, decor, tools, glassware, and woodcrafts. In addition, you’ll find crocks, canes, enameled steel campfire necessities, and baskets. 

If you’re looking specifically for a clock, Once Upon a Time Clock Shop will keep your world ticking with mantel, wall, grandfather, European, and Made in the USA clocks. The talented Dean Sarnelle cleans and repairs clocks from around the country and can fix any problems you have with yours.

Augusta County

America’s largest antique mall, Verona’s Factory Antique Mall has been selling treasures since 1996. Give yourself time to explore over 135,000 square feet of memories. There are displays of toys, furniture, primitives, historical memorabilia, collectibles, and more. Need a game plan? Check out the webpage for a preview. Nearby Verona Antiques has taken over a space once occupied by a roller rink, and there’s a quick turnover of the merchandise because of the high quality and reasonable prices. Look for art, furniture, and antiques. Take a short drive to Stuarts Draft Antique Mall, where 50 dealers keep booths stocked with treasures. Those furnishing a unique home can find antique furniture, artwork, and collectibles. Put a spin on your wardrobe with tasteful vintage fashion like purses, shoes, hats, and dresses.

Harrisonburg

Rolling Hills Antique Mall has over 60 dealers and one of the area’s best selections of antiques and collectibles, including jewelry, glassware, and military collectibles. If you want to surprise someone special with a fine piece of estate jewelry, try James McHone Antique Jewelry. This store buys, sells, and trades fine antique jewelry. They also provide repairs, appraisals and custom designs.

Located in Agora Downton Market, Heartworn Vintage is dedicated to helping customers live more sustainable lives by incorporating vintage items. Grab a cup of Broad Porch coffee and check out their curated selection of lively furniture, clothing, accessories, collectibles, housewares, and more. Harrisonburg also has several thrift stores that occasionally sell antiques. A good bet is Gift and Thrift, where organized departments make shopping a pleasure. Look for brand names and vintage clothing in the Thriftique section. The shop regularly runs silent auctions on highly desirable antique items.

Rockingham County

Holiday enthusiasts rejoice! Timberville Christmas Village at Showalters Orchard brings you three weekends (starting November 26) of holiday shopping with an extensive selection of handmade products and crafts all made locally. Browse beautiful works of art, taste delicious food, and relish the holiday spirit. Then, for more seasonal goodness, head to McGuire’s Country Store in downtown Elkton for a big selection of antiques and holiday products in the 1920s McGuire’s Grocery Store building. Interesting wares include primitives and old product tins and signs. 

More than 25 vendors showcase their wares in Stumps Antiques (McGaheysville), a 100+-year-old building that was once a general store. Fun finds include furniture, tableware, crocks, decor, jewelry, and books. Ben Franklin J&B Country Store (Broadway) has a little bit of everything. Shop for antiques, home decor, handcrafted items by local artists, seasonal products, and holiday decor. There’s even a deli if you’re starved from all the shopping.

Page County

The inventory at Mama’s Treasures (Luray) is always changing, but it usually includes vintage furniture, housewares, table settings, jewelry, collectibles, and dolls. Make a holiday enthusiast’s heart sing with a handmade Byer’s Choice caroler figure from the 80s.

The 40+ vendors at Hawksbill Trading Company (Luray) sell a variety of items like antiques and repurposed items, chalk-painted furniture, home goods, fashion, and accessories from Four Seasons Vintage and Collector’s Cubby. Shop also for unique local and artisan-made products as well as seasonal baked goods from vendors like Carole’s Christmas Treats and The Challah Lady (so you can spend less time cooking and more time shopping).

Front Royal

A day of antiquing in Front Royal should include a stop at Ole Timer’s Antiques, a store packed with decor and antiques for every taste, including antique furniture and accessories as well as items made with reclaimed wood. Better yet, if you have something in mind that’s not in stock, they can most likely source it for you. Royal House of Modern & Retro can outfit your pad with genuine mid-century pieces from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. You’ll find retro bars from the 70s, pieces made from rosewood, Danish modern decor and more. 

Do you like the look of antique ironwork or salvaged mantles? Do you need to match a historical feature in your home? Check out Architectural Old House Parts for an extensive selection of doors, shutters, hardware, lighting and more beautiful details from times past.

Shenandoah County

Remember that cool bookshelf made out of a baby grand piano your friend’s mom had when you were a kid? Well, Edinburg’s Forgotten Curiosities has it for sale as well as many more upscale and eclectic antiques, collectibles, works of art, and toys. You can also find vintage jewelry and a beautiful china set for your holiday tablescape. 

Ninety indoor booths fill The Flea Market in Edinburg with antique furniture, glassware, collectibles, and toys. The market also stocks baskets, books, art, toys, and tools and has been leading folks down memory lane for over 20 years. So stop in this weekend to buy a gift or furnish your home.

The Strasburg Emporium features over 50,000 square feet of shopping and great items from over sixty dealers. You’ll discover furniture from various periods and styles, estate and costume jewelry, rare coins, military items, fine art, books, pottery, and more. The Strasburg Emporium stocks country decor and primitives if your tastes lean toward that direction. The website shows new arrivals so that you can plan ahead.

Winchester – Frederick County

Blue Peacock Antiques features 9000 square feet of antiques and collectibles on the pedestrian mall in downtown Winchester. Browse items of all categories like watches and clocks, art, vintage magazines, furniture, china, books and records, depression glass.

Long Valley Traders is one of Virginia’s largest retail outlets for superior upscale furniture and vintage antiques. They carry a vast array of Henkel Harris, Theodore Alexander, Maitland Smith, Stickley and more. The surrounding showroom is full of hand-curated, high-quality home decor, classic country collectibles, Persian and hand woven rugs, period lamps and clocks, framed art and prints, bronze statuary, interior and exterior furnishings and so much more.

The quaint Main Street area of Stephens City, just a few minutes south of Winchester, has several antique shops within walking distance. Check out Main Street ClassicsSophia’s Thrift StoreStonewall’s Antiques & Collectables and Northern Neck Coins & Antiques for a fun afternoon of perusing some hard-to-find local and regional antiques.

Iron Gate Antiques (Bluemont) has all kinds of items like furniture, clocks, vintage quilts, art, mirrors, collectibles, and more. Browse the website for current inventory. If you already own an antique that needs repair or restoration, Iron Gate can help. They work with local craftspeople to bring your item back to its former glory. 

Clarke County

Neatoville Eclectic Finds (Boyce) calls itself a “shop of wonders.” Want a 1950s Coke vending machine? How about a pair of foo dog statues from the early 20th century? This antique and collectibles store keeps a wonderful and eclectic selection of merchandise, which includes rugs, furniture, signs, vintage toys, and Asian, Native American, and early American artifacts.

Tucked into a historic mill building, Hip & Humble Interiors (Berryville) is decorated with tasteful antiques and decorative items. The top floor is devoted to architectural salvage, some of which has been repurposed into “farm fresh, funky furnishings from humble finds.”

Fox & Pheasant (Boyce) is a perfect place to purchase a unique gift. Browse old and new furniture, rugs, gifts, equestrian art, decorative fixtures, drapery, planters and more. New merchandise comes in each week. 

Family Antiques (Berryville) and Red Schoolhouse Antiques (Millwood) offer curated selections of high-end antiques displayed pleasingly. Choose from dining tables with history, original art, and tasteful accessories. Red Schoolhouse sources many items in England and Scotland.

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