If you’re an antique collector here in Hampton Roads, chances are you’ve visited, if not purchased something, at Barrett Street Antique Mall in Virginia Beach. Even though the New Year’s mantra tends to be, “Out with the old and in with the new,” Barrett Street’s inventory turns the old into the new “new.”
Located at 2645 Dean Drive, just a stone’s throw from I-264 and Lynnhaven Parkway, Barrett Street’s mall is 28,000 square feet of indoor antiquing paradise with more than 120 dealers, plus the outside lot with garden, patio and outdoor decorations. Indoors, you’ll find:
- An in-house jeweler and clock store, both offering sales and repair services;
- Booths of American Oak, Victorian, mahogany, walnut, Art Deco, antique, and household furniture;
- 92 locked and lighted showcases featuring Roseville, Heisey, McCoy and Fiesta, military memorabilia, toys, jewelry, decoys, and collectibles from A to Z.
Because of all this, Barrett Street is on Yelp’s “10 Best Antique Stores in Virginia Beach,” and on OnlyInYourState.com’s list of Amazing Antiques at 15 places in Virginia.
Ever wonder why antiques seem to be so plentiful here in the Old Dominion? “Steeped in history, the quaint hamlets that connect southern Maryland and Northern Virginia offer treasures that have been around almost 200 years–creating an antique lover's paradise,” Paula Disbrowne, of Southern Living, said.
If auctions are more your thing, Barrett Street also has an enclosed 10,000 square foot, climate controlled space to hold auctions, as well as two large outdoor tents for large items and vehicle auctions. They customarily have 200-300 registered bidders during an average 10-hour auction. All auctions are without reserve and individual items sell from $10 to tens of thousands of dollars.
Barrett Street also offers a pickup and delivery service. Just in case you find the greatest dining room set and you wouldn’t be able to get it home in your hatchback, Barrett Street makes sure you’ll be able to enjoy your new treasure!
If you’re interested in antiquing but don’t know how to do it, then making a, “browsing only” visit to the mall might be a good start. You may see items similar in color or theme to things you already own and you’ll get an idea of what things cost.
And remember, antiques don’t have to just look good on a shelf: they can be functional. If you need a set of glasses and find a set of antique milk glass soda glasses, buy them! They can be both used and displayed!
Once you are ready to buy the item you suddenly can’t live without, don’t be deterred by the price sticker. “When you go shopping, make a deal! Especially with antique shops, malls, and flea markets – strike a deal! Make counteroffers and play hardball with the dealer,” Erica Dermer of TheNextGreatGeneration.com, said.
If you need to learn about antique shopping, Dermer suggested checking out “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS.“American Pickers” on the History Channel could also be a good resource to learn how to make offers on antiques in which you’re interested.
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