DC Day Trips: Barn Sales & Antiquing in Maryland & Virginia

by Kristin Bushong on June 22, 2012

When most people think DC, they think busy, bustling city full of political big wigs and swarms of tourists snapping pics of the many monuments in our Nations Capitol. What they don’t think of, is this:

But with just a short hours drive outside of DC, you can find yourself in the idyllic countryside of either Maryland or Virginia. Complete with mountains, rolling hills, farm houses, silos, barns…and TONS of antique stores. (Which is music to my cheap little, DIY-loving ears.)

When we first moved here, with no furniture, I began scouring Craigslist and Etsy for fun things to fill our abode that I could recycle. Like I have said before, I am not the type of girl to either A) Pay full price for most anything even if I have the money,  B) Go to a big box store and buy boring furniture that everyone and their mother has, and C) do whatever everyone else is doing. :)

Needless to say, thrifting, Craigslisting & consignment store shopping is right up my alley. (I get this honest, y’all.  My mother whom you all just met is the Queen of the TJ Maxx clearance aisle and consignment stores. I used to have her number stored in my iPhone with a picture of her smiling with glee in the bedding aisle of TJ Maxx. For reals, she knows how to find a deal.)

I do this mostly because I don’t have an unlimited budget, but more so because I truly only want to own unique pieces that no one else has. I’m selfish that way.

So anyways, somehow during my hunt for vintage finds, I stumbled across the Stylish Patina barn sale website. And from there I found Chartreuse & Co., Lucketts Antique Store, On a Whim Antiques, and many more.

I checked out Chartreuse & Co. last month and was blown away by what I found. Then my friends and I hit up Lucketts for their annual Spring Market. Mind. Blown.Again.

So this past weekend my mom and I tore up the back roads traveling from place to place searching for fun, vintage & refurbished goodies. Here is the rundown of my experiences with barn sales & other antique adventures right outside of DC thus far.

Chartreuse & Co. Barn Sales

This is a fabulous find and easily my favorite barn sale I have been to yet. Chartreuse is open usually once a month on the third weekend of the month, Friday through Sunday. (But check their schedule for changes or additions.) Located on Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, MD right off of 270, they’re about an hours drive from my apartment in the Glover Park neighborhood of DC. They are super easy to find, not too far off the interstate, have plenty of parking, and offer two huge barns full of stuff.

Me in my element - vintage shopping! I picked up 3 of those blue Ball jars for $15.

This beautiful wooden desk almost came home with me. I'm still regretting not buying it. GORG.

The first barn isn’t climate controlled and houses most of the cheaper furniture pieces that would be perfect for you to re-do on your own. The second barn however, is climate-controlled & chock full of dozens of different vendor booths perfectly styled and each with their own flavor. Everything from sturdy hand-painted dresser sets, to vintage couches, to quirky jewelry finds (both new and old),  to burlap-fashioned settees, Chartreuse has something for everyone.

How about this fabulous settee? Or the vintage white painted suitcases as a coffee table?

Live in DC and don’t have a way to haul your new finds back home to the District? No fear. You can pay for your treasures that day and they will hold them for you until you can convince a friend with a truck to drive back out with you pick it up, or they will even deliver for an extra fee. How easy is that?

Gorgeous vintage storage option. I think this is an old hotel mail slot. Amaze!

They also have a refreshments tent manned by two seriously sweet ladies selling homemade chicken salad croissants, fruit salad and tomato/cucumber salad. (At least they did last weekend.)

How adorable is this coffee sack upholstered chair? It came as a pair, and it would look super cute in a breakfast nook.

Chartreuse takes cash, check, Visa and MasterCard.

Round table inspiration for my set at home. How should I paint it?!

Click here to Like Chartreuse & Co. on Facebook so you can check out pictures of their upcoming sales!

Sylish Patina Barn Sales

About a 15-20 minute drive from Chartreuse, the Stylish Patina barn is located at 4051 Stanford Ct. Frederick MD, 21703. (<–Click for Google Maps.)


I believe that this barn is actually a newer acquisition for the Stylish Patina team. According to their website, Stylish Patina was first born as a hobby (as most of these such ventures are) and eventually grew into a business. One of the co-founders Kelly also sells out of Stifel & Capra {260 West Broad Street, Falls Church}.  That shop is open Mon-Sat 10-5pm and Sun 12-5pm. The other co-founder Yvette runs FOUNDRY in DC. The two got together and the monthly barn sales were born!


I really loved this little space, and actually had already been introduced to some of their vendors at the Lucketts Market. Look at this darling little stool I wish I had taken home with me!

Apparently I was too busy gabbing and shopping that this is the only picture I took of the inside! I went home on Saturday with a lovely twin set of pink and gold coasters for my bedroom. Click here to Like Stylish Patina on Facebook so you can check out pictures of their upcoming sales!

On a Whim Antiques

On a Whim is literally right down the street from Lucketts. If you’re coming to Lucketts from Leesburg, you will past right by it! It’s located at 14920 James Monroe Hwy, RT 15, Lucketts/Leesburg, VA. They’re open 7 days a week, which could be dangerous…

I loved the stuff inside this shop! Super, super cute.I mean, can you really go wrong with a pink polka dot silo? I think not. The pink bicycle and polka dot window flower boxes are perfection. They are also a supplier of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which is good to know. They also have a mini barn in the back with more rustic wares, and a good amount of garden furniture.

Here’s some of the stuff I loved!

That blue tray above almost came with me. (It would have been perfect on the slipcovered ottoman I didn’t buy at Stylish Patina! Argh.)

Old Lucketts Store


So after you leave On a Whim, head on down to explore the THREE floors at the Old Lucketts Store. Oh, AND their wrap around porch is filled with furniture too! Lucketts is located at 42350 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA 20176 and they’re open 10-5, 7 days a week. Free Keurig coffee was a nice touch as well.

Lucketts is somewhat of a legend around here (& the internet) as the famous Miss Mustard Seed sells her stuff there (I bought two of her German glass letter magnets, too cute). They also were host to the mega-hugely-awesome Spring Market I attended last month. This store is packed to the brim with painted furniture, antiques, reupholstered furniture, and general goodness. Their tagline is “Vintage Hip” which pretty much sums it all up.

If you love beautiful furniture, fun vintage finds & quirky decor pieces, Lucketts is for you! Here are some of the things I loved during my last trip to Lucketts.

Hello lover. This little baby is sweet and I wanted it! Sitting outside of Lucketts, on sale for $5500, this would be a gorgeous vintage camper to tote around as a traveling vacay! WANT.It didn’t hurt that that inside was styled a la the 1950′s, complete with red and white gingham curtains. I.Die.

Adorable Chevron stool with gold legs? Yes, please! This booth had tons of vibrant and funky finds. Loved.

Two foot tall vintage wooden letter B? Well I would just snap this up in a heartbeat. If it weren’t $150. BUT seriously y’all this was a huge B! (My last name starts with B and so does my boy’s.) But I texted it to the boy and he vetoed. Onto the next.

And I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this chalkboard framed quote that they had hanging in the entry. I know this isn’t exactly an unknown quote by Hepburn, but it is a goodie. :) I thought I had taken more pics from Lucketts but I guess not…you will have to just take my word for it and go visit this amazing store!


My barn sale and antiquing adventures are far from over, so I will continue to update you as I explore. If you have any questions about these places, please let me know!

What about y’all? Do you have barn sales in your area? I’m wondering if there are any in the Carolinas….

Happy Friday!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen June 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

OMG that table and chairs is the perfect inspiration for your CL version! I wish I could have come with you both – so many beautiful things…


Kristin Bostic June 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

Me too! It was sooo much fun!


@ Running 2 Healthy June 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

OMGoodness! I am so jealous. I love antique stores.


Kristin Bostic June 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

Yes, they are amazing! You should see if you have barn sales near you…


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