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Virginia Highlands Festival Annual Antiques Market

One show and sale that I try to attend every year is the Virginia Highlands Festival Antiques Market in Abington, Virginia.  It is held outside under two huge tents, but you’d never call this market a flea market.  It has a great mix of antique and vintage items, with absolutely no junk.  I like this one so much because I always see things I’ve never seen before.  It is simply a nicely edited show of quality items.

Conversely, this is not the place to expect a huge bargain.  Not that the prices are crazy high, but these sellers have great inventories and they know their stuff.  I find markets like this one to be just as valuable for an education as for shopping.

A table of Scotty cuteness.  I especially love the big guy in the back which is a riding toy with little wheels.

A seller had this book, and had taken it apart to sell the illustrations separately.  I see a lot of this, mainly when the illustrations are exceptional (as these are) and when the entire book is quite pricy.

Here’s an example of one of the prints.  Most of them were done with this technique of using blocks of color and white to form the picture.  You can see more of Coles Phillips work here.

Proof that a hat box needn’t be round to be terrific.

I loved this old sign for the Old Abington Weavers.  The weavers made and sold coverlets (note designs on sign) to the tourist trade.

There were some super cosmetics pieces.  The red swinging compact still had little rounds of rouge and pressed powder.

It’s a good thing I’m not a grandmother, because stuff like that little dress and sailor top would bankrupt me!

This 1910s suit was love at first sight.  It was in perfect condition, and even included the original matching boots.  Admire the details:

This seller also had some lovely hats, including this one and the one in my top photo.

And it looks like she made a sell to this lovely woman!

I’m not familiar with the Utility Dress Co., but isn’t the sign nice?

On the way home I made a quick stop in Bristol VA/TN to check out their antique malls.  The dividing line between Virginia and Tennessee runs through the center of the main street, State Street.  Thank goodness all the antique stores are on the Virginia side as there is a big difference in the sales tax rate.

I love this reminder of the old Bristol.  Wouldn’t an hour at F.G. Pitzer be an experience?


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Family Affair

I just returned from my niece’s wedding in lovely Abington, Virginia.  I traveled up with my sister and another niece, and much to Niece Amelia’s chagrin, we stopped at every junk and antique shop along the way!  Arriving in Abington, we dropped her off at our hotel and proceeded to explore the antique shops of the town, where I got really lucky: an early 1920s linen motoring coat.  Of all the small historic Southern towns I’ve visited, Abington is a favorite.  The Blue Ridge setting is gorgeous, as is the town itself.  Many of the buildings predate the Civil War and they are well preserved.  Just walking through the town, which I did this morning before breakfast, is a delight!

The wedding took place at a grand old home that is now a popular venue for such events.  It was outside, and was picture perfect.  Most of my family was able to attend, and it was just a joy spending this special time with my two brothers and my sister.  And here I am with two special nieces:

The above picture is me and niece Lauren Elizabeth, my beautiful namesake (I’m Sharon Elizabeth).  She is the sister of Bride Lindsay and was a bridesmaid.  Quote, “I’ll never wear purple again!”  Silly girl looked great in her dress!

And this is me and niece Amari, also wearing purple, also looking beautiful.  Okay, I promise this is the very last time I’m going to show my dress.  Please note the sparkly Scotty!


Posted by Joanna {sweet finds}:

your dress is lovely. I definitely think it looks better on you vs. the hanger. I am going to silver bella this year (paper/arts n’ crafts convention) & we are having a vintage prom. Your dress would fit right in. 🙂 xoxo, Joanna

Wednesday, July 16th 2008 @ 11:32 AM

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