Antiques And Ghosts In Petersburg, VA

Hey ya’ll! Last weekend, my folks and I decided to hop in the car and drive just 30 minutes south of Richmond to Petersburg, VA. The very historic downtown area of Petersburg is quiet and quaint and offers an antique collector a few unique spots to stop and look for treasures (and a few great cafes for lunch options). Here’s a run down of some of the places we visited…

The Oak Antique Mall

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This two story building was once full of antique dealers with lots of furniture and collectibles to choose from. Sadly, when we went in, it seemed a little sparse. I don’t know if dealers have left and moved on to other locations, but we were little disappointed in what it had to offer. The front of the shop had a few large scale items…nice primitive cupboards, wardrobes, expensive crocks…but as you walked further back into the shop, the items offered seemed more retro than antique.

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Sycamore Antiques and Architectural Art

Can you tell me how to get...how to get to Sycamore Antiques!

Can you tell me how to get…how to get to Sycamore Antiques!

Just a few blocks up the street from The Oak, is this small store front. Step inside and be pleasantly surprised at the quality and and quantity of items to select from. I found some beautiful crocks, unique tramp art and some stellar arts and crafts pieces for sale. This was one of my favorites places that we visited…plus the shop owner was very nice and welcomed us as I toted my giant baby stroller with baby Sunny in tow.

I fell in love with several of the mission style pieces that they had in the shop…here are a few…

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I would have bought this antique mission oak arm chair, except that I already have one that is very similar!

I would have bought this antique mission oak arm chair, except that I already have one that is very similar!

There were some other awesome items…including this miniature tramp art chest for $495 and this great Coca-Cola sign.

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And YES...I would love to have this sign! Wrap it up!

And YES…I would love to have this sign! Wrap it up!

Penniston’s Alley Antiques and Collectibles

This 200 year old building has served as several businesses since it opened.

This 200 year old building has served as several businesses since it opened.

The most unique spot that we found was a place that we just happened to find while walking further down the street and around the corner. First we noticed the a cute tea room that served all kinds of homemade sandwiches and sweets. Then, we realized that there was an adjoining antique store. I’m certainly glad that we stepped inside!

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This beautiful building was built in 1812 and has survived a city wide fire and the great siege during the Civil War. One of the best secrets about this treasured building is up on the second floor…take a look a this gorgeous arch!

If these walls could talk...over 200 years of stories to tell!

If these walls could talk…over 200 years of stories to tell!

And of course, while on the second floor, I spotted this beauty! A Stickley Brothers petite rocking chair! Too bad I’m out of room at the house!

I love the petite size of this Stickley rocking chair.

I love the petite size of this Stickley rocking chair.

But if you go, be forewarned…don’t go up on the third floor! We asked the store clerk what was up on the third floor of the building and she replied, “Bob.” My mom asked who “Bob” was and she said, “Bob is our grumpy resident.” So, if you like antiques AND ghosts…than this spot is for you! I just hope that the ghost doesn’t come home with you if you make a purchase!

Be sure to check out some of the treasures that I picked up in Petersburg, that are now available in my Etsy shop!

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

2 thoughts on “Antiques And Ghosts In Petersburg, VA

  1. I love the Oak and we’ve gotten several favorite antiques there, but I agree that it can be hit or miss. Penniston’s is great too, particularly for antique china. I’ve seen more complete or almost-complete sets there than most other places, and they’re always super clean and beautifully displayed.

  2. Great blog post, Erin! So glad to see you are out and about again. LOVE Petersburg; have not been there in far too long. Enjoyed a marvelous Christmas House Tour there a few years ago and was amazed & delighted by the diversity of architectural styles (everything from colonial to egyptian!). And … I definitely covet the little tramp chest (though the tag was a tad out of my league).

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