Have you ever been to town of Toana, Virginia? Me neither. That’s probably because you could drive through it with a blink of an eye. But if you are into one-of-a-kind, hard to locate, antique advertising/industrial/funky/prim items to add to your specialized collection…than do I have a very unique place for you to stop and visit. Enter Everything Vintage Co. in Toano, Virginia, just a few minutes west of Williamsburg, VA…right up Richmond Road.
As the Mr. and I were leaving our fun, but short weekend adventure in Colonial Williamsburg, we headed west on Richmond Road and stopped in one of our favorite antique stores on the East Coast. We found this eclectic shop on a Sunday drive a couple of years ago…where we stopped and purchased this piece of antique advertising (scroll to the bottom of the story) that was chillin’ on the hot sidewalk, outside of the shop…just like these two lovely examples below.
When the Mr. and I first went to this shop, there was a real mix of high and low end antiques…primitive, industrial, signage, smalls, etc….and really seemed to offer a little bit of everything for all kinds of collectors.
Unfortunately, this time around, the Mr. and I were really surprised to see the dramatic increase in the asking prices of most of the items in the shop. I understand that the pieces they offer are very unique and some are quite hard to find…so they demand a higher asking price. But no deals here…expect to pay full retail.
Their offering of antique advertising was very impressive. I fell in love with this Anniston Bus Depot sign below. The clock was not working, but image if it was re-wired to light up and keep time! Amazing…
I’m guessing that some of these items come from auctions…such as this beautiful oak grain bin that once belonged in an old general store.
As an illustrator, I’m always looking for inspiration from vintage ads…like this Esslinger’s beer character. I love the simplicity in his uniform and the use of the bold red on white.
As much as I loved this old industrial cubby shelf…it screamed tetanus shot!!! I know the rusty thing is a hot look/trend right now…but if this baby came home with me, I’d have to pay to have the metal grate cubbies powder coated in some bright, fun colors.
In the back I found this sweet apothecary cabinet painted in cottage green and cream. I loved the handles…even though I was unsure if they were original or not to the piece. But at $495…it seemed a little steep. I’d think this piece would look precious in an entry way with a large deco mirror paired with it and an old oak coat rack or umbrella stand beside it. Too cute!
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