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RVA Antiques: The Creative Project Girl Booth
The Creative Project Girl booth. The “Guest House” is $40; the vintage chair is $165.
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RVA Antiques: Stone Creek Antiques Booth
Stone Creek Antiques has a French-countryvibe.
Don’t let the formidable yellow brick and small side door dissuade you. Both belie the airiness and treasures found inside.
Situated alongside CVS and facing the farmer’s market, RVA Antiques on Lakeside Avenue offers plenty of variety and quality finds.
The 7,000 square foot store — which will grow to 10,000 square feet by mid-July — opened June 1, offering an exciting mix of vendors and items. There are booths featuring Midcentury Modern wares; shabby-chic furnishings; man-cave industrial pieces and good ol’ vintage tchotchkes.
RVA Antiques has a familiar antiques mall set-up, but what sets it apart is its real “shops within the shop” feel. Many spaces are branded as mini boutiques, and some were previously full-fledged stores of their own.
The familiar Feathernesters has a space at RVA Antiques, as does the Stolen Pig, which has a second location in Carytown. RVA Antiques’ owner Tammy Gurdin closed her longtime Ashland store, Yesterdays & Today, in mid-April to start this new venture, and her familiar painted furniture is noticeable at RVA Antiques, too. (Don’t miss her knock-out parrot green chest up front for $249.)
“Little Boutiques” at RVA Antiques
Rachel Lestourgeon’s booth, Creative Project Girl, is stocked with happy, painted, repurposed and rescued items. Her petite shop is filled with charm and creative flourishes, especially her hand-painted, whimsical signs, for which she takes commissions.
Fiddledeedee celebrates French country style. So does a space called the Frenchie Wench. Stone Creek Antiques shares that sensibility; too, with its beige linen curtains and pretty blue and gray furniture.
Rusticity Decor focuses on traditional styles, and Carl Elin’s dynamite industrial pieces at RVA Antiques really wow. In his space now and not-to-be-missed is a huge old metal storage piece ($695) originally made to sort and store nails and hardware.
Mona Burk’s booth is full of vintage beach and shabby chic pieces. One item, a charming buoy chandelier, is $85 and ready for hanging.
RVA Antiques also sells Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint (whose “Eulalie’s Sky” turquoise and “Grain Sack” gray are favorites of mine) and American Paint Company paints and products. RVA Antiques’ owner Gurdin is a trainer for the latter line, and she plans to have monthly classes for both paint types soon.
RVA Antiques is at 6100 Lakeside Ave. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.