Crème de la Crème’s kitchenware collection includes colorful handmade pottery.
Aylesbury Antique Center and Tea Rooms
You don’t have to board a plane for a bit of English charm—Karen Stroman has brought it to Leesburg. Her two-level antiques store/teahouse carries hand-painted English bone china, embroidered tapestries, framed vintage lithographs, and charming breakfast tables. There’s also a room with solid-wood nursery furniture. Downstairs in the tearoom, the traditional English tea service comes with scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and fresh fruit ($7.95 to $18.95 a person).
Look for frilly feminine finds at the two-level Beekeeper’s Cottage. The store’s shabby-chic style shows up in everything from wooden mantels to iron beds to sofas to mirrors. The stock is a mix of antiques and made-to-look-vintage pieces. The store also offers in-home decorating consultations for $150 an hour.
Looking for a cement-sculpted fawn for your garden? How about an old rolling library ladder? Head to the Cottage, a 12-room antiques store that owners Linda Campbell and Ann Vaughan fill with quirky furniture and accessories. The stock runs from gold-trimmed mirrors to Victorian table lamps to unusual centerpieces. Visit the shop’s blog (thecottagegals.blogspot.com) for details on sales, trunk shows, and other events.
105 S. King St.; 703-443-0058; cottageatleesburg.com.
Crème de la Crème
With stores in Middleburg and Charlottesville, this kitchenware boutique caters to Francophiles hoping to recreate a Parisian vacation. Watch where you walk: Narrow paths wind through displays of French-made table linens, cutlery, glassware, pottery, and more. For gifts, Crème de la Crème also has pretty soaps, candles, and stationery.
101 S. King St.; 703-737-7702; shopcremedelacreme.com. Four Shabby Chicks
This antiques store is reminiscent of an Anthropologie catalog—dining tables, dressers, armoires, and side tables in varying shades of distressed white—but the pieces here are authentically vintage. Pretty baubles include glass candlesticks and cake stands, decorative trays, gilded picture frames, and tiny figurines.
30 S. King St.; 703-669-0380; fourshabbychicks.blogspot.com.
German Favorite Antiques
This well-edited shop sells both German and American antiques. The place feels like a museum, with items for sale, such as a 1951 Harley-Davidson, that seem more exhibit-worthy than functional. But adventurous antiquers can strike gold: A recent visit turned up an excellent-condition Civil War chest for $7,500 and a 1900s wood gaming table for $195.
120 E. Market St.; 703-777-5775; germanfavoriteantiques.com.
Leesburg Antique Emporium
Housed in an old department store, this two-level megastore stocks goods from more than 50 dealers. Each has its own booth, and items range from vintage Fiesta dinnerware to collectible campaign buttons. Some items—such as a silver owl-shaped wristwatch—verge on kitschy, but patient shoppers can score finds.
32 S. King St.; 703-777-3553; leesburgantiqueemporium.com. The Old House Antiques
This seven-room store is easy to find: Look for the old yellow house on Loudoun Street. Inside you’ll find a shop brimming with high-quality pieces from dealers and consignors. It’s heavy on Americana—a wooden schoolhouse desk, weathered farmhouse shutters, tin watering cans—but Old House also has some European pieces. In addition to larger furniture, you’ll find lots of tabletop knickknacks.
209 Loudoun St., SE; 703-771-7890.
The Old Lucketts Store
This furniture shop is a favorite of antiques mavens and designers. The three-level store houses a large collection of furniture, architectural elements, art, lighting, and trinkets in a variety of styles. At the shop’s nearby Design House (open the first weekend of every month), you can glean inspiration from spaces decorated in the store’s “vintage hip” style—the idea is to let shoppers visualize pieces in their homes. And as in Old Lucketts, everything in the Design House is for sale.