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Less than an hour outside of DC lies Lucketts - a little town that's a veritable treasure trove of antique and vintage finds. While it's a lovely day trip from the District, it's within close proximity of historic Leesburg, making it a great excuse for a weekend getaway. I started coming here years ago with my mother to find cool, wrought iron pieces for her garden and it's still one of my favorite places to find unique furniture and decor. There's quite a few stores clustered together along Rte. 15, making it very easy to wander from one to the next, but here are a few you should definitely make sure to hit up...
The Old Lucketts Store is a historic building housing 20 different antique dealers - from furniture to antique doors and window frames to beautiful vintage clothing. Over the years I've had great luck here - I picked up an ornate piece of wrought iron fencing that I used as a bed frame for a time and now serves as a trellis in my backyard. I also love coming here around the holidays to snap up the creative decorations they offer.
Next door is their gorgeous design house where you'll find all kinds of inspiration and decor for your own home. I always find myself admiring the chandeliers and bed frames. On this particular visit, I loved the angel wings they framed this window with!
Across the street is Really Great Finds - another good spot to find antiques and unique pieces for your garden. I particularly love the cast iron animals and giant letters that would make unusual wall art.
A little further down the road is Rust & Feathers. This shop has a great mix of new and old - from handmade jewelry from local artisans and heavenly-scented candles by Tatine to vintage furniture and decor. Also a great place to pick up chalk paint if you're thinking about refurbishing one of your "new" finds!
After all of your shopping, I'm sure you will have worked up an appetite, so why not meander down 15 to Patowmack Farm? Easily a destination on its own, this award-winning, farm-to-table restaurant highlights organic, locally-sourced ingredients and has an absolutely stunning view of the Potomac River. We enjoyed a late lunch here and found that the food was just as beautifully-presented as it was delicious! One of our favorite dishes was the 'Scallop Mi-Cuit,' which was garnished with delicate wildflowers. We also loved their sorrel chess pie, served with black raspberry and lavender meringues.
Love antiques and vintage finds as much as I do? Check out some of the great upcoming antique shows and flea markets Virginia has to offer!