Shop 29: Serious antique shopping | Living29

The thrill of the hunt. The quest to find that missing piece.

When it comes to shopping for antiques, either you have it or you don’t – that inexplicable sense of connection to people and things from the past. Whether you just enjoy browsing or have a driving compulsion to complete your special collection, Route 29 offers several destinations where you can find what you’ve been seeking … and maybe some unexpected surprises too!

For starters, there’s Black Sheep Collectibles in Gainesville. This shop is now under the management of long-time collectors Sandra and Craig Courtney, who took over and renamed the former A & B Antiques about a year ago. Like other multi-dealer shops, there’s a little of everything here, all at very reasonable prices, with a special bent toward furniture, primitives, collectibles, vintage kitchenware, and tools. Open Wednesday through Sunday, blacksheepcollectibles.com.

Further south on Route 29 in Warrenton, you’ll find the venerable Fox Den Antiques Mall, offering a wide range of antique and vintage wares for more than 20 years. Home to dozens of independent dealers, this sprawling warehouse offers not only the usual furnishings, china, silver, glass, jewelry, etc., but also vintage clothing, a fantastic collection of books, and harder-to-find collectibles like stamps, coins, ephemera, Civil War and militaria. Fun note: check their web and Facebook pages for the community flea markets held on Saturdays in their parking lot. Open every day, foxdenantiques.com.

Continuing south, you’ll find several places to explore both inside and outside Culpeper. In town, there’s a charming shop on Main Street with an equally charming name: Quail at the Wood. It’s an intimate storefront, carefully curated by a knowledgeable proprietor, featuring high-end…

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