Call it the Macy’s vs Gimbel effect (hopefully you all get that analogy) or just mere goodwill and sharing, but I am a huge supporter of other artisans, small business and yes, even my “competitors”…and I use that term loosely because I honestly don’t view them as such; we are all so different but yet the same if that makes sense?
The reason I’m sharing is not because I think I am an influencer, nor to get any “points” but because in this age of social media and online shopping, I am still amazed at how many of our customers have not heard of some of these, and, I hope to help urge you to shop local, small, and Brick and Mortar (B&M). There are several small businesses I and many of us support as well that sell online and out of their homes, but few have the overhead or offer the social/shopping experience that a lot of us in this industry work tremendously hard at providing for our customers. (Please no disparaging comments about this…as I said, I do support them, but this is about supporting the B&M) I won’t digress on that…sounds like another blog post for another rainy day.
So, with that being said, here are my faves. They are and have been on my list because
- I shopped there since I’ve lived here and before I even thought of having a creative business and they’ve rarely disappointed
- they are great sources of inspiration
- the people are great and promoters of others via word of mouth, social media support and/or are hubs for creatives and other small businesses that are too small for stand-alone B&M or prefer the market circuit
- the product is great and
- close proximity.
1. The Old Lucketts Store – Lucketts VA
The Biggest and arguably the grand-mama of vintage hip (yes, that’s their tag line) of our area is The Old Lucketts Store. I remember my first visit here with a friend and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. And, to add to that, my first Spring Market? Oh my word…with over 200 vendors for three days? Seriously, a market on steroids. They’ve added a Design house that customers wait in line to get into, have 35+ dealers/vendors, and they host several smaller fleas, their Groundhog Day Sale, and two larger events (the Spring Market in May and the Christmas November Market) where outside vendors are invited to participate and sell their wares.
But the Spring Market is the biggun…and for three years now they no longer host at their location, but at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia. It will be my third time vending at the Spring Market (plus a few other markets there), and I and the other artisans of the Rust and Refind Artisan Market are happy to be vendors at this event for the first time together. Open Daily and for other special events.
2. GypsyFaire Vintage Marketplace – Lothian MD
GypsyFaire has a special place in my heart. These special group of ladies helped inspire me to open my own shop….they have a business model that I wanted for the Rust and Refind Artisan Market, they work together beautifully, have quite a following and a line waiting for entrance, and their energy and aesthetic is so charmingly refreshing.
Open once a month (the first non-holiday Saturday and Sunday of each month), they offer primarily painted pieces they recycle/repurpose, accessories, industrial, architectural salvage, retro jewelry and clothing, and more with a definite boho-gypsy vibe.
3. Rust and Feathers – Leesburg, VA
What can I say? They have RUST in their name. :o) . I discovered Rust and Feathers several years ago while doing my “vintage circuit” when the building was just a building but something NEW was going in. I anxiously awaited their opening and was in love instantly. They have changed some of the dealers since the beginning, but there’s always good vendors and good stuff!
You may recognize one of their largest, Ekster. I have teased them on social media that we need to have some kind of RUST expo (go ahead and research all the creative businesses with RUST in the name. Seriously, it’s a THING). They are open daily except Tuesday and are a multi-dealer and consignor shop.
4. Chartreuse & Co., Frederick MD
I have a soft spot for Chartreuse & Co. Owner Virginia and husband Chip moved in to her grandparents home and converted the barns on the property to host monthly barn sales with a couple outdoor vendor events a year (their Spring and Fall markets that host outside vendors in addition to their regular dealers). I absolutely love love love the location, the product, the feel and vibe.
I have a few special vendors that are my faves here as well and whom are good people. When I visit, their spaces are the ones I tend to gravitate to and almost always buy something. I was happy to be a vendor at one of their Fall markets and felt that they spent special care in attending to the guest vendors. Watch out for their special tag sales where you can get great things for even greater prices, and they also sell several products on their online shop.
5. Sweet Clover Barn, Frederick MD
I discovered Sweet Clover Barn quite by accident before Facebook was really a thing in this business and not a lot of people I knew had heard of them yet. I quickly added Sweet Clover to my Lucketts and Chartreuse circuit when shopping and always liked the charm and varied product at this artisan market. Make sure to visit their “Cottage” in the outside back of this converted 1900s barn, which changes designer themes monthly. Open once a month and over 30 vendors.
+1 = Rust and Refind Artisan Market, Aldie VA
How can I not include our very own Artisan Market? Years of looking for the right building, the right timing and the right group of talented artisans finally produced this Rust and Refind Artisan Market in July 2018. I am hoping you add us to YOUR list of favorites. Nestled in a little corner on the outskirts of Aldie, VA and located near our favorite BBQ, Hammerdown BBQ, we have been working hard at creating a one-stop artisan market that includes interior designers, fine artists, sign-makers, furniture painters, and antique, vintage and home decor and gifts.
We offer Paint Couture the Collection and Wise Owl paint products, Saltwash products, custom painted furniture and services, DIY group and private workshops and much more. We open monthly (first full and non-holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend), Wednesdays for paint sales and consults, and by appointment. We also invite guest artisans and sponsor several outdoor markets. Please consider supporting us by both visiting us at market and liking/following our social media.
You can find us at:
- https://rustandrefind.com/ and facebook.com/rustandrefind,
- https://www.facebook.com/Katiediddesigns/ .
- https://www.facebook.com/allisonshortmeyerinteriors/ .
- https://www.facebook.com/ShawnaJeanninePaintedFurniture/ .
- https://www.facebook.com/vintagerevivaldesignco/ .
So, there you have it. My top five antique and vintage places to shop in the DC area to find good deals, get inspiration and that are located in charming towns, near wineries and can be destination “drives” in the country. There are so many more …perhaps another blog, or feel free to comment and add your own. Please help the small and local businesses by sharing, word of mouth, and shopping at their locations or their online shops (many of us do have that capability as well). *I am not affiliated with nor compensated for the top-five picks .