Sheppard Street Antiques is a gem of a shop located right off of Cary Street on Sheppard Street in the Carytown “Mile of Style”. This quaint shop features everything from American and European antique and vintage furniture, chandeliers, classic garden items and accessories, to local artisan jewelry and handmade candles. The many hand picked treasures arrive daily from select local estates as well as my many road trips to popular antique destinations, from the mid-Atlantic states all the way to Great Britain.
One of the comments that we hear very often is “The shop looks so different from the last time I was here!” That’s because we are constantly changing our inventory. We price the inventory with a very low markup to move it quickly. This means you get a treasure for a great deal and that on every visit you make to the shop there is always something new for you to see.
My love of antiques began when I was a child, visiting all of the antique shops in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Listening to the history of the pieces and the personal stories associated with them enthralled me and thus my passion was born.
My entrepreneurial entrance into the antiques community started in Carytown’s Antique Gallery back in 1995, where I started with a booth that featured antique and vintage garden ornaments and accessories. In 1998, I expanded to a larger location with three other colleagues and Sheppard Street Antiques was born. A few years later, when my partners decided to pursue other antiques related careers, I became the sole proprietor of the shop. After a complete interior renovation we opened for business.
As the business has grown, the professional and personal assistance from my family and friends has become invaluable. I am so fortunate that I have a very patient husband. Between real estate transactions, Dennis frequently helps with procuring inventory, working in the shop, redecorating or making deliveries.
Several of my friends have become valued members of the dedicated team that keep the shop running smoothly. All knowledgeable about antiques in one specialty or another, they are always helpful and ready to assist customers.
Paula met Sara when they both had booths at the Antique Gallery and was one of the original partners at Sheppard Street Antiques. On any given day, Paula juggles all of the bookkeeping and website projects as well as assists our customers in the shop. She also appraises antiques and is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. Recently she was accepted into the Graduate School at VCU to study Historic Preservation Planning.
Amanda has been working at Sheppard Street Antiques for 5 years, having been a loyal customer for many years. Amanda’s love of decorating is evident when she guides customers with their projects. No furniture in the shop stays in one spot very long — rearranging is her forte! When not at the shop, she stays busy with her two young children and is active in the Ginter Park community.
After a successful career with the law firm Hunton & Williams, Fran joined us a couple of years ago. Her well-honed people skills are much appreciated by our customers as well as her baking skills! When she is not working at the shop, Fran loves to travel and always returns with fresh new ideas for the shop.
Hope squeezes us in to her busy schedule occasionally and we love it when she does! Between substitute teaching and traveling, she pitches in with everything from customer assistance to cleaning like crazy!
Eileen claims that Sheppard Street Antiques is her “rest and relaxation” after teaching adventures during the week. An avid collector of vintage treasures, she is quite educated on all things “old” and enjoys assisting customers as they search for just the right gift or accessory for their home. She has been shopping with us for years and was responsible for us being featured in Victoria Magazine in 2009.
Nancy Jo can be found “volunteering” at Sheppard Street every Thursday from 3-5. It truly does “take a village” and when she learned that one of our team members had to leave early to pick up her children, Nancy decided to be available every week! She is a desktop publishing whiz and helps keep us organized. Her two hours are well spent.
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