Q: I live in Zuni, VA — a small town between Suffolk and Petersburg. I have enjoyed your blog for awhile now and wanted to ask you a question. I would love to visit flea markets in or near Richmond, but I don’t know where to go. Do you have any suggestions? … -Brenda
A: This question crosses our inbox every now and then, and when we got Brenda’s email yesterday, we thought it was about time to make a post about it. For some reason, it wasn’t really until we started blogging (and reading other blogs) that we got interested in visiting local thrift / antique stores. These days, it’s one of our favorite things to do when we have the time, and we’ve even bought some of our favorite things in the house from them. If we go out of town, we find ourselves searching for area thrift stores to check out while we’re at our destination (like this super awesome place I went to in LA). There are a lot of interesting thrift and antique stores here in the Richmond area, but here are the places we stop by most often…
Cold Harbor Antique Mall: This is the antique mall we stop by most often. This is our go-to place for small accessories and random accent pieces (like antique cameras and wood crates). The store is divided up by “booths” and their vendors often have awesome sales. They keep their stock rotated really well so no matter how many times we stop by, we always see new things. I talked more about shopping there in this post. Click here for directions.
Governor’s Antiques: This place is huge. Seriously. Huge. They have everything imaginable–old gas pumps, stop lights, huge concrete yard ornaments, old doors, marble slabs, massive estate furniture… the list goes on and on. In the past, we’ve found their prices to be a little on the high side, but it’s still worth the trip just to see the massive amount of… stuff! Check out their website here.
Class & Trash: This place is a new favorite of ours. The prices are very reasonable, and they have a great collection of fun, funky pieces. The few times we’ve visited the store, we’ve noticed they have a lot of pieces that could easily be transformed into furniture or fun decor elements with a little bit of elbow grease and some DIY know-how – like old doors that could be used as a headboards, barrels that could be side tables and carts that could be turned into coffee tables. Check out their website here.
Love of Jesus Thrift Store: There are two Love of Jesus locations (one on Nine Mile Road and another, larger store on Midlothian Turnpike). The Midlothian Turnpike location has a really good rotation of furniture – we’ve spied some really great mid-century buffets that we wish we had a space for. The Nine Mile Road location is a pretty good size, too, and is the one we go to most frequently between the two. Their prices are ridiculously good (like the frame for our laundry room chalkboard… for $1). They even have a corner of the store where you can buy whatever you can fit into your cart from a designated area for $10. Check out their website here.
Caravati’s – Technically Caravati’s isn’t an antique or thrift store (it’s actually “architectural salvage”), but they have a ton of great, old items. They have a huge collection of doors, fireplace facades, mantles, columns, slabs of reclaimed wood and what I’m sure to be the largest amount of ornate door knobs I think I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for larger architectural items with some character, this is the place to go. Check out their website here.
McLawhorn’s Red Barn Antiques – This place is pretty awesome because not only do they have interesting things (like a great collection of old books, which Greg loves), but the building itself has a lot of history. It used to be a very popular general store back in the very early 1900′s and the current owners love telling people about the history. They have a vintage coke cooler in the middle of the store, and they hand out free Cokes to customers. We actually bought the green dresser in our utility room from here, and we brought you guys shopping with us in this post. Check out their website here.
If any of you Richmonder’s have a place for us to add to our list, let us know in the comments. We’d love to add a few new places to our normal stomping grounds. For those of you outside the Richmond area, please tell us your favorite area thrift stores in the comments. You just might help another reader find exactly what they’ve been looking for! Oh, and be sure to check back Friday for our winter brunch recap. We have lots of photos, details and recipes to share!
Love of Jesus Thrift photo found here. Carvati’s photo found here.