After a weekend again, Brett and I decided to hang out around the house this weekend. Brett had his list of things he needed to do, one of them was to take Hurley to the vets for his annual check-up. Of course when left to my own devices, I go antique shopping! I decided to head down route 460 between Suffolk and Petersburg. We had traveled down this way when we went to Maymont in Richmond and I had seen several antique stores.
I made my way down 460 and stopped at about five different places. Sadly there wasn’t anything that jumped out at me. There were a few pieces that I would have liked to have, but the price was just a little more than what I wanted to spend. I was starting to think that maybe I wasn’t going to find anything, until I stopped at this antique store in Disputanta, Virginia. As soon as I walked in, I had a good feeling.
The store is called”The Old Country Store Antiques“. As I walked into the store, I was warmth greeted by a gentleman. I asked if he had some good deals for me and I have to say I loved his answer. He told me, “I sure do. You find something and we will make it a good deal. I believe that antique shopping should be fun, not a hassle.” After I looked through the store, I found on tea pot that I wanted to purchase. The price was just a little more than what I wasnted to spend so I ask him to work me a deal on it. He got on the phone with the owner of the booth and got the price just under what I was willing to pay for it! Now that is service! I know that this store is a little ways from our current home, but I know I will be making a few more trips back! I would recommend a stop here if you are in the area! When you stop ask for James or Robyn Slaughter and tell them Michelle sent you!
From there, I stopped at two more places and struck out. I was just short of being in Petersburg and I was just not ready to go home yet. So I decided to head to downtown Petersburg. I have never been to Petersburg so this was a new adventure. The historic downtown was amazing! All the historic buildings and store fronts were just what I was looking for. I started at one end of the street and headed down to the other end. All the stores were within walking distance.
The first two places I stopped didn’t have what I was looking for. There was one set that I think I might go back to get later though. The next place I stopped was the best stop of the day. This store is call “The Oaks Antiques”. It is a huge Antique Mall! I walked through and made notes of what I was interested in. It took me about an hour to see everything. I decided to look at the other location and then come back for what I wanted so I didn’t have to carry the bags with me.
I headed down to two more antique stores. The last one was called “Uber Art“. Here I found the nicest bed! I’m not sure if we can use it, but we are going to have to look at it closer. But while I was there, I met a couple that were also bed and breakfast owners. Perita and Mitchell own “The Destiny Inn B&B” in Petersburg. Perita and I started talking and we found out that we shared allot of the same history. Both she and Mitchell had been in the military like Brett and I. We both love cooking and meeting new people. We must have stood there for twenty minutes comparing notes and asking questions. I knew before she left we were going to have to make a point to stay with them soon.
I made me way back to The Oaks Antiques to pick up the items I wanted. I found two tea pots, three tea cups, two beaded pewter mint julep cups and four butter pats. There had been another tea pot that I wanted, but the price was just a little to high for my budget. When I got to the front, I asked if they would consider taking less. Sadly, they weren’t able to lower the price. As I waited for them to ring me up, of course I had to talk about our plantation. There was a gentleman waiting to be checked out who took an interest in our conversation. By the time we were done, he ask me to wait as he ran out to his car. He had something he thought I would be interested in. So I waited. When he returned, he told me that he did not have the item with him like he thought. It was an old map of a local plantation that was over 500 acres. I would have liked to see that!
Just after he had come back in to tell me, one of the mall booth owners came in. It turns out that I had purchased most of my items from his booth. We got to talking and the next thing I know I am back to his booth area. We walked around his booth as he showed me items that I might be interested in and things I needed to look for as I started furnishing the house. As we walked around, I found a fourth cup. Then we got back to the tea pot that I had wanted that was a little out of my budget. I pointed it out and told him that I really liked it. We moved to another area that I had seen a beautiful plate with gold details. It was way out of my price range, but to my surprise, he discounted it so I could consider it! Then he added the teapot I wanted! How could I resist! He also invited us to come back and he would bring us some more things to look at.
After I left the antique store, I decided to find “The Destiny Bed and Breakfast”. As I drove over, I was surprised at all the historic homes that were in Petersburg. I think I must have stopped a couple hundred of times to look and take pictures! These homes were just beautiful! Then I found “The Destiny”. What a beautiful home! I know now we have to come back.
As I was driving out of the historic district, Brett texted me asking where I was now. I called him and told him I was “lost” in the historic district. I wasn’t really lost, just lost in thought. I told him that we had to come back next weekend and stay and visit the other antique stores. After I got off, I called “The Destiny” and it looks like we are going to be heading back next Friday! I can’t wait to stay in this beautiful home and have a chance to really see Petersburg!