I spent most of last week at the family vacation house in Virginia's Northern Neck. First of all some of you may be wondering "what in the world is a neck?" A penninsula is a landform that protrudes into one body of water, and is surrounded by it on three sides. A neck of land, and "neck" is a term used 400 years ago by the first English settlers, is surrounded by three different bodies of water and is much larger in size than a penninsula. The Northern Neck bordered by the Potomac River to the north, the Chesapeake Bay to the east, and the Rappahannock River to the south. There, now isn't that clear as muck ;)
Well, the Northern Neck is a mostly rural area with very little traffic and things are far apart, including the thrift and antique shops. You will put some mileage on your car, but the results are well worth it. Let's start in Heathsville at St. Stephen's Thrift Shop. I always find something great here!
Down the road, Route 360, about 12 miles in Fleeton is St. Mark's thrift shop which used to be a gas station:
Kilmarnock, Virginia, off of Route 3 and Irvington Road, boasts two wonderful thrift shops:
Seconds Unlimited is run by the Rappahannock Hospital Auxillary ladies. I always find something cool in here!
Across the street is this cute shop:
This is run by the Lancaster (Va.) County animal shelter. They pack a lot of goodies into this tiny shop!
Down the road from Kilmarnock is White Stone (where you'll find the FARM shop, in the previous post) and this new shop on Route 3:
This is run by the Methodist church there. A little sparse but once in a while you get lucky! It's always worth a look.
All of this driving around is making me hungry! Time for my favorite thrifting snacks:
Lance Golden Cheese crackers and Choco-Lunch cookies. Wash them down with pink lemonade! Of if you are really hungry, stop by this place:
Newsome's is located between Burgess and Glebe Point on Route 200. They have the BEST food! Also free Wi-Fi if you are so inclined. Crab cake sandwiches are chunky and delicious and a bargain at $6 each! Also they have a cool birdhouse out in back:
If you are in the mood for seafood on the water, may I suggest the Fairport Marina near Fleeton which is owned and operated by Roy Headley:
This off-the-beaten-track place has fresh seafood in fun rustic setting, no frills just great service and excellent food. Across the river is this old piece of Northern Neck history:
Fleeton and Reedville have a long history of fish processing for oil, fertilizer, and even cat food! There is a more modern processing plant on the river, Omega, but this old smokestack is what remains of the earlier days of the fishing industry here.
Continuing on, I want to show you a wonderful antique shop in the very small burg of Wicomico Church.
Commonwealth Antiques is owned by Henry Lane and Lisa Hull. They also run the best estate sales in the area. On this sultry saturday afternoon, I met Lisa and her son taking a little break sitting outside enjoying ice cream. I popped inside and was met with a wonderful array of floor-to-ceiling delights.
Upstairs even more fun beckons:
Love this old wallpaper!~~
And I love this wallpaper in the stairwell!~~~
And I wanted to show you one more of my favorite thrift shops. This one is across the street from Commonwealth Antiques and is run by the Wiomico Church Episcopal church ladies. I took this picture from the upper floor of the antique shop:
Thanks for taking my thrifty tour of the Northern Neck! One day I hope to run into you at one of my favorite haunts! Have a great day!~~XXOO, Beth