Occoquan store tour …part one

Good morning all!!  I am alone!!!  I haven’t been alone in the house (all day) since …hmmm….I don’t remember being alone!!  I sent Al off to do a small show by himself..packed his lunch and packed a bag of snacks—reminded me of sending the boys off to school!  Hey!! THAT may be when I was alone for the day!!  After our successful show at Occoquan we were hoping we would get rejected by this show—no sooner than the words came out of my mouth, the mail came with our acceptance. DRAT!!  I do NOT like this show ( except for the made on the spot huge, cinnamon sugared Amish donuts!! )—so Al said he would do it alone (YAY! ) and I could stay home to work. Yes dear, I have been working—everything is sealed and drying to be ready for the next layer of paint. Yesterday was set up day. Everything was finished, tagged and packed. Then, trouble with Brian. Sad smile  Since Brian was weaned off Dylantin, he has had episodes of tingling and numbness –symptoms of seizures wanting to start. He has missed a lot of work but the worst is what it does to him…and us. It breaks our hearts that he is struggling. We got hold of the doctor and next week they are doing labs again to check his Dylantin level ,an EEG, and he will see the doctor. Hopefully they will find out what is wrong and get him back on track. After we settled that, we took off. We were very disappointed when we were assigned a space on the side of a hill…seriously—don’t promoters ever THINK about how vendors will be able to set up???  Thankfully, the ladies were very nice and moved us to a flat spot . The flat area is where the show was always set up before—but they eliminated most of that area and put most everyone on the side of the hill. (?????)  Makes you wonder………. Anyway, set up went well but because Al is doing the show alone, We set up completely so he only has to open up, roll up the sides, and hang a few pieces on the side and front…easy peasy!!

So, today I am prepping wood…lots of wood. But right now, while some pieces are drying, I want to share a wonderful store in historic Occoquan Virginia that I visit every year when we are doing the June show there.The store’s name is  VILLAGE AMERICANA FURNITURE. It is located at 203 Union Street which runs off of Mill Street (the town’s main street). Their hours are M-F 11-4, Sat. 10-5, and Sun. 12-5. Occoquan is just outside of DC, about 58 minutes from Annapolis Md. If you are ever in the area, you MUST visit them!!  This store is JAM-PACKED with gorgeous period reproduction colonial  furniture. They also carry accessory lines from Capel, Lt. Moses Willard,Turtle Creek Redware, Olde Mill Lighting, and many more.  Some of the furniture lines are Tom Seely, Johnston Benchworks, Riverbend Windsors, Windy Hill Painted,  and Bucks County18th Century, plus many more. They also sell period artwork, pewter, brass, and many smalls. You can also visit them on their website at  Villageamericana.com.Their wish is to present the consumer fine quality period reproductions of pieces that are either found in museums or are priced beyond reach.  EVERYTHING in this store is stunning !!

Sooo…ready for pics? remember to click to enlarge—this store is packed with samples with much more available and if you enlarge you will see a lot in the background of the pics !!  Here we go!!  Very photo heavy!!





This clock was unbelievable…so gorgeous!!



Check out the tiny little cupboards….




Look at this painted chest….GORGEOUS!!!


Check out the cool tables with the notch cut out so it fits up close to the chair…..



This high chest was stunning—a lot of pieces were curly maple…..
















So, that’s the tour!! I TOLD you it was photo heavy…and I barely scratched the surface of what the store has on display…let alone what they can ORDER for their customers ! Let me add..the ladies of this store are SO sweet and just love their store. They enjoy people dropping in to see what they have. I don’t care what kind of furniture you are attracted to, this collection is impressive and drool-worthy!!  I hope you enjoyed…if you can, the ladies would love to hear your comments !!  I am not getting any benefit from showing this store except for enjoying sharing it with you!!   (wish I WAS getting a free chair!!  Ha ha!!  )

Tomorrow I will share another store in Occoquan that I love…Personally Yours. Don’t miss it!!

One more pic….


If you enlarge this pic…see the hunky guy sitting behind a booth just beyond the tree?  That’s Al ! He’s sitting there wondering where in the heck I am!!   Ha ha! Sell a little, buy a little…and repeat!!  I hope you enjoyed this..see you tomorrow!—Jan


6 comments on “Occoquan store tour …part one

  1. Janet says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! Jan, what a wonderful store!! There are so many great things there that I can’t decide what I like the best. I do love the rockers and the cupboards, the hutches but everything is so neat…sigh….I agree very drool-worthy. Sure wish I lived close by. 🙂

    I am sorry to hear that Brian is having troubles. 😦 It must be so frustrating for him. I hope that the labs will explain what is happening and that it can be corrected so that he can feel better and not get the tingling and numbness. To me that seems like nerve damage somewhere and/or over active nerves. I have that and it is helped with Lyrica. But I guess it does depend on what the trouble was to begin with. My nerve damage is from chemotherapy drugs. 😦

    Do keep us posted, k?

    Also I can’t wait to see the pics of the other shop.

    Have a FUNderful day. Take care, Janet W

  2. Robyn says:

    Great store! Wish we had more in my area!
    I do hope Brian gets better! He will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. christine says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Jan – you deserve a chair for promoting the store!!!lol! It is full of gorgeous things!

    I trust that when Brian sees the doctors next week all of this can be resolved for you all and especially Brian.

    I’ll be back to see more tomorrow and I’ve definitely got to visit Occoquan for myself!
    Best wishes

  4. Cindy says:

    What a great store!!
    Sorry to hear that Brian is having some problems. Will keep him in my prayers.

  5. marly says:

    Oh Jan this is MY kind of store!!! Fabulous. I’ll be checking out the enlarged photos several times! Thanks.

  6. OH….I SOOOO need a bigger house…..and then a trip to this incredible piece of paradise!! YIKES!! I want it all!!! (Ok – they can keep the little wool star rug/runner on the table near the end – only because I actually HAVE one of those….) ;o) Wonderful, wonderful, place…..I’m green with envy. Thanks so much for sharing…..

    Sorry to read of Brian’s continuing struggles. I think of him often, and continue to pray. I do know that not all anti-seizure meds are created equally – and even the generic forms of some (e.g., Lamotrigine) are not absorbed as effectively by some patients as the brandname version (e.g., Lamictal)….. I’m sure he has very competent and skilled care, but just something to think about….

    Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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