Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Antique Shop in Chesterfield! Take a Gander...

Friday I decided to take the day and do my antique shop tour of Chesterfield.  Along with my usual haunts on Hull Street and Midlothian Turnpike I stopped in at the "big red barn" and discovered a new shop called, "Take a Gander Antique and Gifts."  Owned and operated by Cathy Hyll, she opened about a month ago in April 2012.

It's a small but nicely arranged space with antiques, jewelry, quilts, rugs, collectibles and wrought iron.  She is still figuring out what is their niche' but I thought they had a nice selection of items for just starting out.

Stop by and check out this new addition to our antique shops and tell Cathy that Izze sent you.  I saw a necklace my daughter might like so I plan to go back soon, myself.

Of mention, Cathy's sister makes rings.  Ask Cathy to show you hers, it was beautiful!

While you are in the same shopping center stop by at the "Attic Treasures".  There is always something new in this consignment shop and items on discount.

I also stopped by the Thrifty Quaker and Midlothian Antiques Center on Midlothian Turnpike.

Midlothian Antiques Center

On Hull street you must visit The MarQet Place antique, furniture and gift mall in the K-Mart shopping center next to the Dollar Tree.

Antiquing in Gordonsville and Louisa, VA

Gordonsville, VA

Today was just a great day for a road trip.  Perfect weather, sunny, mid 70s, no humidity and blue skies.  We decided to visit Gordonsville, VA today for a bit of antiquing at "Gordonsville Antique & Flea Market" just on the other side of Louisa, VA.

Winding down mostly back country roads to enjoy the beautiful green landscapes, windows wide open, while singing at the top of our lungs to our 80s rock play list on the mp3 player.  Life doesn't get better than this.

From Richmond we drove on 288N, 64W, 522N then 33W to Gordonsville.

Looks are deceiving.  While it looks rather small on the outside it is a large space inside with about 50 or more vendors.  Let's take a look.


Owned and operated by Sonny, they do not advertise on Facebook, Twitter, or any other publication except the The Sunday Driver Antique map.  Sonny says, "We publicize by word of mouth."

I was amazed at not only the quantity but the quality of items in this little town of Gordonsville.  Upscale vintage and antique jewelry at appraisal prices.  Wide variety of items from furniture to antique toys.  The ceiling was covered with vintage metal lunch boxes like stars in the sky.  I can't believe someone wouldn't find something here that they would fall in love with.  However, as I mentioned, most items are at appraisal prices so I wouldn't come here if you are looking for a deal. Some of the dealers have good prices but overall we agreed that they must be watching "Pawn Stars",  "American Pickers" or "Antique's Road Show" for some of the pricing.  We didn't find any treasures there today but we had fun looking around. They also have an outdoor flea market in front of the store so come early as they pack up around 2:00 pm.

Gordonsville Antique and Flea Market
403 James Madison Road
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Monday 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
Thursday-Saturday  9:30 am - 4:30pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Louisa, VA

As we passed through Louisa to get to Gordonsville I had noticed an antique store so we agreed to go back to Louisa and have a look at "Just About Antiques II".

We would have driven right past this gem if I hadn't been looking for more shops.  It is very understated in appearance on West Main Street in Louisa, VA.  Owned and operated by William McKinney who took it over from the previous owner about 12 years ago after the previous owner's wife pasted away.  When asked how he got into this business he said, "I have just always loved antiques."  We thoroughly enjoyed searching for treasures in this smaller but well stocked antique shop.  There is something on every shelf, in every corner and he says, "always look up as you may miss something."

Hubby was happy to find a few pipes and happily shared his photo montage of pipes with William while I walked around and took pictures.  Most items were reasonably priced.  Some items, like genuine gem jewelry were priced at worth as well as well known makers like Fenton.  Overall, we enjoyed this shop much more than Gordonsville for friendliness and value.  William is a great guy and had a story or two to share with us.  We really enjoy the conversations we have with people we come across during our antique excursions.

Just About Antiques II
101 W. Main Street
Louisa, VA 23093

Hours:  Weekend only. I'll have to call him for the hours as it's not on his business card.

When we had completed our perusal of the shop we asked William where to find the best eats.  We love BBQ and were planning to go to "Smok'in Eddies BBQ" but William discouraged us with a shake of his head. "You don't want to go there," he said chuckling, "unless you like your BBQ wet."  He suggested trying  "Joe's Place."  So off to Joe's we go.

Don't expect linens and ambiance but do expect a delicious, freshly prepared, home style meal at this little restaurant.  They have a variety of dishes.  Pizza, burgers, country steak with gravy, subs, sandwiches and dessert, all at a very budget friendly price.  I can't say enough about the friendliness of the staff and patrons.  Everyone sits around and talks because they all know each other from frequent visits.  Even our waitress, Peggy, with her cheerful smile and friendly disposition, comes here to eat on her days off.

Hubby tried the country steak and gravy and said it was delicious.  I decided to try the steak and cheese sub and splurged on some fries.  It was delicious also and the fries were the thick crinkle kind not like McDonalds!  They only service pie for dessert.  Chocolate or Lemon meringue pie.  We each had one and split them.  Yummy baked pie and the meringue was toasted on top!  Basic yet satisfying.  If you stop by tell Peggy or Sal we sent you from the Small Town Traveler's blog.

Joe's Place
407 E Main St
Louisa, VA 23093


On the way out of Louisa we spied...what's that?  Can it be????  Goodwill!!!!!  We couldn't help ourselves and so glad we didn't.  I found three name brand purses all in "like new" condition for $3.49 each and a cute new shirt.  Hubby found a Kobo Reader book cover for a song!  Great prices, very nicely laid out and a good selection.

Louisa's citizens have been some of the friendliest and welcoming we have come across in Virginia.  We will definitely be back! Thank you for a great day!

Happy hunting!

Izze and Sean Turlington

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Blackstone and Crew VA Antiques

Trip to Blackstone and Crewe Virginia

Last weekend we decided to visit the historic town of Blackstone, VA where the reported largest Antique mall in southern Virginia existed, at least according to the Sunday Driver Antique Guide.

Blackstone Antiques & Crafts Mall

This antique mall is located right on Main Street along with several other consignment and thrift shops.  It is rather large but not as massive as the Williamsburg Antique Mall nor the selection.

We did find a variety of items such as furniture; knickknacks; new, hand-crafted and vintage jewelry; vintage clothing; vintage collectibles;artwork; framing; Christmas section and some craft items and supplies.  I took my time to look closely at what they offered while my husband quickly scanned through the mall, finally sitting at the front of the store playing "Angry Birds" while he waited for me.

I had a great time looking at some of the vintage jewelry boxes and jewelry in the show cases but decided not to purchase this time.  I really enjoy converting and refurbishing vintage jewelry but was unable to find  any pieces suitable. Much of the new jewelry was very reasonably priced while much of the vintage/antique items were a bit more than we were willing to pay for our purposes.  Make sure to look inside the jewelry trinket boxes, you might find a surprise or two.

The staff was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and made our experience very pleasant.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm so you have plenty of time to get there and shop the afternoon.

Check out their YouTube video Blackstone Antiques, however, please be aware that much of what was in this video was not at the store.

We ventured into a couple of small consignment/thrift shops down the block then headed across the street.

Blackstone Consignment Shop

This shop has considerable square footage.  We chatted with the owner Ronnie Jordan, a real stand up kind of guy about this shop, what we were doing and he told us stories about the man who carves snake walking sticks with such authentic detail right down to the texture.  I wish I had thought to get a picture but I was too enthralled in the story.  I looked through the store and found a Thomas Kincade music box for about $35 and a small but nice selection of vintage jewelry.  They had large quantities of collectible toys as well as furniture, large paintings and glassware.  I saw a beautiful vintage necklace but a bit more than my pocketbook would allow this visit.  Ronnie assured us all his jewelry has been appraised so be prepared to pay their current market worth.

We really enjoyed visiting with Ronnie and appreciated his time.

Watch their videoYouTube video Blackstone Consignment Shop.

As we headed out of Blackstone I saw there was a little antique store in Crewe mentioned in the Sunday guide and asked hubby did he want to stop in for a few minutes before we headed back home for the day.  We actually passed it the first time and had to turn around.

Old Nottoway Antiques and Gourmet Coffee

Small but charming is the best way that I could describe it.  There is a warmth about this little antique shop and I'm sure it has a lot to do with the owners and staff.  We chatted with Jayne Warriner who runs the Antique store for the owners.   If you look at their website you see it's placed right at the corner of Old Nottoway Road and Carson Rd.  There is a bit of history to this shop so make sure you visit their webpage (note: it hasn't been updated lately).

Heavenly Gourmet Coffee from The Cottage Coffee Company

In addition to period and vintage furniture, glassware, fine antiques and flea market finds, they also sell home roasted gourmet coffee beans.  Jayne's sister roasts these coffee beans and flavors them herself in Lake Arrowhead, CA then ships them to the shop for sale.  We were fortunate to be given a couple of samples to take home and try, Summerberry and Vanilla Nut.  Let me just say we were happily surprised at the smoothness, the rich aroma and overall experience of this coffee.  I am completely hooked on the Summerberry.  This coffee is flavored with four berries and smells absolutely heavenly.  It made me happy just to smell it and even in the trash, after use, it's sweet aroma lingered for hours.

While I wasn't as partial to the Vanilla Nut, my husband really loved it.  I found it to be just as smooth as the Summerberry just not as strong in flavor or scent.  It had a more subtle flavor.  Sean doesn't drink flavored coffee very often but when he does he likes something gourmet.  They also have other flavors such as Chocolate, and non flavored coffee.

8 oz. $9.95
1 lb. $16.95

Preparation:  We found that you will need to use a heaping scoop instead of a level scoop to get the same strength.  It comes out a little light but it's not weak. Go light on the creamer as you don't need as much or it drowns the flavor like dumping ketchup all over a Filet Mignon. You just don't do it. You also barely need any sweetener.

Call Jayne to order and have it shipped to you if you are not in the area 434.378.4575 and if you need it ground for you add $1.00.  See them on Facebook The Cottage Coffee Company.

Shop Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

That's how we ended our excursions for the day, outside of a little stopover to pick up some gizzards, yes gizzards.  If you follow us you know we are always on a hunt for great gizzard spots.

When we arrived home we ground up some of the Summerberry coffee and sat down to relax for the evening.  Ahhhh such great coffee and such a fun day!

Happy treasure hunting!

Izze and Sean Turlington

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Village Grill-Chester, VA

Sorry I haven't been on in a while but we haven't been able to get out and about to the antique shops due to some car vandalism.  However, on my work travels I happened upon a little grill in Chester, VA called The Village Grill.  I would have missed it since it's not on the main road (Rt. 10).  I turned into the parking lot at the fork where there is a Dunkin Donuts to grab lunch while I waited to have a meeting and spied the grill across the street.  My curiosity got the best of me and I pulled in to give it a try.

I am always up to try a small grill, they usually have the best food and if motorcycles are out front that's always a good sign.  Bikers know the best places to eat.  I walked in and noticed the decor which was little round tables with checkerboard table covers and iron heart back chairs.  The walls decorated with a hodge podge of memorabilia, some inspirational and some just plain comical.  They also have a TV.

I ordered a double cheeseburger with chili and slaw.  Just the basics and my favorite.  If that passed the taste test I'd be back with reinforcements.  The owner brought my burger and it was big and messy just like I like it.  I bit into it and an uncontrollable moan of pleasure escaped my mouth.  It brought back memories of 2nd Street Lunch in my home town in North Carolina.  Actually it was better!  You have no idea how difficult it is to get a burger made that way.  I'm won over!

They have a wide selection of grill items, sides and ice cream treats including milkshakes and banana splits.  They also have breakfast but they only serve until 10:30 a.m.

This building looks like an ice cream parlor converted to a grill.  There is not much seating and the chairs are a bit uncomfortable.  Wait to use the restroom as it's outside in the back of the building.  You don't come here for the ambiance, you come here for the food and conversation. The owners are pretty darn nice, too. Dress casual.

I am looking forward to bringing hubby or my employees out to try it one day soon.

Look for them on facebook.

Recommended by Small Town Travelers for value and great eats.

Izze & Sean

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Governor's Antiques Mechanicsville, VA

Tucked away on a side road called Antique Lane in Mechanicsville, VA, hidden from the causal passerby is a treasure trove for the home owner and antique shop enthusiast, alike.  A plethora of items from lighting to claw-foot bathtubs is to be found.

We were quite surprised at the sheer footage let alone the wall to wall selection from door knobs to vintage art.  Stained glass windows litter the space as well as Tiffany style lamps, artwork, vintage toys and a host of garden statues.

There is even a man cave with instruments, old radios, neon signs and sporting goods.  
The Man Cave

Man Cave #2

Man Cave #3

Man Cave #4

Man Cave #5
For the ladies they have a case of jewelry, crystal, knick knacks from Hummels to a room that is primarily dedicated to gnomes.

Collectible plates, lights and chandeliers

Oil lamps

Toys! Oh boy, I feel like a kid again.

Christmas is never that far away.

Wow! These clubs and golf bag are pretty vintage.

Great for St. Patrick's Day and anyone who loves Irish themed figures.

Bottles and stoneware.

A small selection of furniture.

More furniture.

Ah...the gnomes I spoke of earlier.

Vintage electric and tube radios.

Too cute!

Loved this!

One of many aisles of interesting decor and furniture.

Loved this Electric Action player piano

A shot of the inside of the piano.

Very cool!

Jukeboxes and Pinball machines for your rec room.

Love this figurine, it was locked in the glass.  Probably what hubby and I will look like when we are old.


More artwork!

Even more artwork! Must come take a peek.
 Lawn decor ranged from small to gigantic.

The yard of statues, marble, clawfoot bathtubs, etc.

Adorable yard statue.

They have quite a few whimsical children yard statues.

Dolphin yard statues.

Prices are wide ranging depending on the item and it's age.

The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable, ready and able to help you find what you need. They told us that they also install and repair items purchased from them so you wouldn't need to seek outside services.

They say, "if you can't find it here, you won't find it."

Hubby found a few pipes to refurbish and add to his collection.  Sadly, I didn't find a treasure this time but when we get our house I know where to go.

Govenor's Antiques is a Small Town Traveler recommend especially for giving your home that special character and charm with repurposed, vintage and antique fixtures and decor.

Check out their website for a video tour and on Facebook.

If you visit this shop please tell us about your experience.

Happy hunting!
Izze and Sean

Monday, March 12, 2012

Restaurant Review: Willie's BBQ Quinton, VA

Richmond have I got a gem of a BBQ find for you.  Just .15 minutes from downtown is BBQ heaven!  Located at the Bottoms Bridge exit off 64 (Rt.60/Pocahontas Trail) is a meal to remember. You must try Willie's Smoked Carolina BBQ.

Healthy helpings of freshly smoked BBQ, freshly made homemade sides and desserts that will rival your mother's cooking.  There is a pretty lengthy list of sides to choose.  We guarantee that you will have leftovers.  Well, unless you are really hungry.

Image courtesy of Urbanspoon

Make sure to leave room for one of their homemade desserts such as banana pudding, brownies, cheese cake and 4-layer cake.

A plate is $8.95 which includes a meat, two homemade sides, your choice of roll or a piece of sweet cornbread the size of a piece of cake and a drink!  

Sweet tea? But, of course!

Another favorite is Willie's fresh, hand-squeezed lime and lemonade.

This little BBQ gem is well worth the drive for the best BBQ in Virginia, we think, and for their value.

Dress casual and come hungry. 

If you visit this restaurant please tell us about your experience.

Winter Hours:  

Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am -8:30 pm
Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hanover, VA - Chamberlayn Road Antique Malls

We continued our excurstions in Mechanicsville, VA this weekend with a trip out to Chamberlayne and Atlee roads.

First stop was the McLawhorn Red Barn Antiques also known as Borkey's Store.  They also do furniture restoration.

 This little place has a little of everything but mostly furniture. Most items were reasonably priced.  I did not see any jewelry but were lots of linens, pots and pans as well as knickknacks.

Main entrance.

If we only had a house I would definitely want this! It's a beautiful and functional piece of bedroom furniture. Back in the day pieces like this were built as space saving storage for a fabulous all-in-on.

Love this vanity!  I didn't even look at the price.

I prefer the enclosed washstand so it has more storage space 
but this is a nice piece for $27.00.
We didn't stay here long as we wanted to get to the larger malls that would take  more time to browse.

On Chamberlayne Road were three shops in a row.  At the furthest point was Chandler's Antiques.  A very small shop and overpriced in our opinion.  Many items in great disrepair but some people prefer that distressed and worn look to give it character.  This shop also has jewelry, old photos, furniture, toys., etc. so it depends on what you are seeking.

Vintage or Antique stroller.

This is a little more ornate that I would like but I thought the craftsmanship was nice.

The second stop was a rather large antique mall called Through the Garden Gate Antiques also on Facebook.  The shop boasts "20,000 square feet of Treasure Hunting" on two levels.  It is a mixture of vintage and new items.  We enjoyed this shop very much and spent a couple of hours here browsing around and of course taking pictures.

Rather large building!
Love to look through knickknacks!
One day...I will have a Lane Cedar Chest.
Autographed photos! Loved Shirley Temple movies as a child-alright I still do.
Rooms very nicely laid out and and many color themed.
My treasure find for the day for $3.00-4.00! Don't you love the colors and the message.
Sparkly things!
This Through the Garden Gate, not the antique store. Everything is cream or white.  A bit unusual and a bit pricey.  They have some vintage clothing that was interesting on the manikins.
I have felt like this some days, haven't you? This gave me a chuckle.
Upstairs in the mall-wow so many items, nooks and crannies to explore.
Hmmmm, not sure what I think about this purse but it was interesting.
Nice vanity set for only $10.00 and 20% off.
Purses, purses and more purses!
More sparkly items.
Reminded me of Emmet Kelley.  Love music boxes.
With my one treasure in hand we headed down the road to our final destination, the Antique Village

This shop boasts over 50 dealers.  It was a smaller shop comparatively, however, they had a wide variety of items from jewelry, war memorabilia, furniture and knickknacks to old telephones.  I enjoyed browsing this shop the most because of the variety of vintage items.

Oh where to begin!
Many dealers had sales.
Lovely jewelry selection at several vendors.
This metal musical almost became one of my treasures of the day except I didn't like the tune. I've been interested in metal musicals lately for some reason but most are too big and I have no place to put them.
Old phonographs and metal toys.
Quite a selection of telephones.  With the advent of the cell phone I believe these are becoming obsolete in homes.  Do you still have one?  We have one just in case of power outage.
This is a reproduction but absolutely adored it.  Would look nice in my mountain cabin one day.
Beautiful wash bowl and pitcher.
For the Irish in you.
This booth was fun to look through.
First time I've seen Coca-Cola on this type of serving ware.  Posh isn't it.
This was an interesting purse.  Not my taste but someone is sure to love it.
Love trinket boxes aren't these so pretty?
I've not seen this style of Vintage Black Americana.  Very unique.
My treasure of the day and a real bargain at $12.00.  I'm not much of a ring wearer but this was just so lovely with it's blue and pink flowers with green peridot leaves that I couldn't pass it up.

We had a great Saturday afternoon visiting Hanover and exploring the shops.  The owners and employees were very nice and I want to extend a sincere thank you for allowing me to take pictures to share and hopefully generate more interest to stop in and shop.

Also want to give a shout out to Rachel of Silver Lining Decor on Etsy who I met while browsing at the Antique Village.  She makes re-purposed vintage jewelry.

If you visit one of these shops please tell us about your experience.

Happy treasure hunting!

Izze and Sean