It always amazes me when folks come in who’ve come to the Staunton Antiques Center many times over the years but don’t know that we have an exciting lower level below our main level in the shop.
We do try to tell everyone about the layout of the shop upon entering and I thought I’d also use the opportunity of the blog to do the same — to mass communicate about this wonderful other space for you to explore when you come to the shop.
We’re located in the bustling heart of historic downtown Staunton, Virginia right on it’s main street, called Beverley Street. That’s where you enter the Staunton Antiques Center on our main floor. (Out front sits a artfully-painted piano in case you want to bang out a tune before or after coming in!)
On that main floor we have full, highly-curated booths from a variety of vendors who curry in everything from substantial furnishings and home decor to vintage books and paper ephemera, to jewelry and vintage clothing, to antique art, china, silver, lamps, crystal, chandeliers, textiles, and oh so much more.
BUT if you stop there you’ll miss some of the most exciting offerings in the shop. Towards the front of the shop on the far side of the 10,000 square feet of antiques and vintage items on the main floor is a red door propped up against a wall by a door opening leading to our lower level. And what wonders and delights await you down there?
So many! So much!
Mid Century WOW!
With an extra special focus on Mid Century Modern furnishings and home decor, the lower level is like stepping into a time capsule back to the Mad Men days we all adore! Though the space is, of course, ever-changing due to the fast turnover of our amazing finds, there are quite often full bedroom suites or separate bedroom pieces, full living room suites, and full dining room suites. It’s incredible!
Some of the Mid Century Modern furnishings in the lower level are of the formica and chrome variety, others in the Scandinavian style of clean lines on gorgeous woods.
There are fabulously shaped lamps, kitschy as well as elegant glassware, funky ashtrays and other ceramics, pieces of art for the wall or the table, and oddities like kids’ plastic molded chairs, a great rug, appliances, and more.
And just so you’ll know, we do have Mid Century Modern on the main level as well. It’s just that there’s even more to discover on the lower level.
The Way Back Machine
In addition to all the great Mid Century Modern in the lower level, we’ve also set the space up downstairs with a country store that focuses on rustics like weathered wood, salt glazed pottery, tin storage bins, oil lamps, and much more. Sometimes you’ll even find hyper-locally branded items like milk or apple crates, books, or signage.
There are some light industrials and architectural features like windows, columns, shutters, gardening and patio furnishings and accessories as well as the occasional tools or lawn ornaments.
Also amidst the mix you’ll find some great Oriental and contemporary rugs, fabulous bed covers and other textiles, and the unexpected — like birdcages, occasional tables, and more!
My main point is that whether you’re a local who just pops in often for a quick glance around, or someone who has made us a destination antique shop, you don’t want to miss slipping past that red door and into the lower level for another gigantic showroom full of wonder, surprises, and most of all, truly great finds in the Mid Century Modern and country rustic spaces.
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center
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