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When it comes to antique and vintage treasures, West Virginia is an East Coast motherlode.

Visit any town in the state, and you’ll see storefronts and boutiques stuffed with yesteryear’s memories. Like any worthwhile treasure hunt, though, it takes some digging before you find the good stuff.

Let us show you some neat finds from West Virginia’s best antique shops:

1. Repurposed tools and trinkets

Lost River Trading Post, Wardensville

The spiffy Lost River Trading Post calls itself “the general store evolved” for a reason. From repurposed sculptures made from old Appalachian tools to mid-century modern bowls, there’s always something interesting.

You’ll find vintage saddles and blankets, lamps made from old bed springs, and antique Chinese teapots alongside quirky toilet paper holders made from old horse bits. Even the building— a former feed store— fits the mood just right.

If you work up an appetite while browsing the sprawling shop, don’t worry. The owners or their friendly employees are right on hand to serve espresso, coffee and delicious sweets.

2. Primitive decor

Sweet Memories Antique Mall, Fairmont

Looking for primitive odds and ends? Head to Sweet Memories Antique Mall for a wide selection of Appalachian memorabilia. As its name suggests, the shop focuses on previously loved items like worn wooden dough boxes, used furniture and vintage glassware. A delightful sense of age surrounds the place, and you may find yourself getting carried away.

3. Trinkets and toys

Old Central City antiques district, Huntington

Brace yourself for antique shops galore! If you don’t have much time, try Camelot Antiques. This shop focuses on delightful little items like old toys, out-of-print books, costume jewelry and more. Like any hardcore antique shop, it has a little bit of everything.

If you adore shabby chic, there are oodles of charming old shutters, shelves and solid furniture at American Country Treasures waiting to be discovered. Of course, there are plenty of enticing trinkets, too. Look for fun things to decorate your home, like vintage horse tack, jugs and farm equipment.

4. Vintage quilts & home staples

Beckley Antique Mall, Beckley

Beckley Antique Mall has about 70 dealers, so you’ll have plenty to see. Find staples like vintage quilts, brilliant Fiesta ware and intriguing signs from the 1950s.

5. Rural tools and wares

Nostalgia Antiques, Parkersburg

Searching for funky West Virginia goodies? Check out Nostalgia Antiques. This shop has a quirky vibe that you notice the second you enter. Appalachian antiques like quaint farming equipment, old hunting trophies and vintage appliances share space with retro advertisements and toys.

6. Antique furniture & fashions

Antiques Walk, Morgantown

It’s hard not to get seduced by the delightful little side tables, dressers and chairs for sale at Antiques Walk. The shop also has an attractive selection of vintage clothing and glassware, so you’ll stay busy browsing.

Which shop are you going to visit for some weekend fun?

This post was last updated on July 22, 2020