Breathing life into a tired factory has been a true labor of love – found goods have been collected from all over to create Virginia Found Goods!
Press Release – updated: Jan 14, 2018 12:24 EST
HURT, Va., January 14, 2018 (PressRelease.com) – There is no question that a number of great places to look for antiques and vintage collectibles are springing up everywhere in our area … sometimes with unlikely locations or new people to the area. Often in the case of the new people, one would think they’d been here all their lives.
Such is the case with Deborah Sirockman who opened Virginia Found Goods in Hurt on Pocket Road on Black Friday (Nov. 24).
Her huge shop is filled with all kinds of good stuff for lovers of things from the past. What do you see when you glance around? All kinds of stuff like wooden Indians, an Airstream trailer, primitive tools, industrial parts/furnishings, key rings made from pieces of old car tags, birdhouses made from torn-down buildings, statues, tables and chairs, vintage Christmas, the list goes on and on.
The shop is located in the former location of PC Designs. Work is already underway in other parts of the huge building to make indoor vendor booths to rent out to others in the area so they aren’t dependent on the weather. The plan is to have this ready by springtime.
Although she grew up and lived (until recently) in New Jersey, Debbie is a longtime fan of “old stuff” – or “junk” as most dealers affectionately call it. She’s been collecting for some time and storing most of it away.
Since moving down here, she’s had a vendor booth at the White Brick House on Ashwood Lane in Forest.
So how did she get here from Jersey?
She and her husband Marc were high school sweethearts, with both of them loving the houses their parents had on the lake. “He always wanted our own lake house but the property taxes in New Jersey made that almost impossible. Even a shabby townhouse up there will cost you at least $300,000,” she shares. “It’s quite expensive to live up there. We weren’t that far away from New York.”
She is an accountant by trade and Marc runs a marketing company.
“One day I was at church talking to the pastor. He suggested I look into the Leesville Lake area in Virginia. It worked out that we were able to come down here the next week and almost immediately fell in love with a lake house we found,” she explains.
For some time they would live in New Jersey and come down for the weekend. It had been a longtime dream of Debbie’s to own a farm and they found a wonderful property just a few minutes from the lake house. She’s already made it home to a number of rescue cats and chickens.
Debbie knew that this small-town area was the place she wanted to be so she moved here permanently a couple of years ago. Since Marc’s work was in New Jersey, he bought a small house to stay in to work and continues to come down every week to spend time with his wife.
He has been a tremendous help with the new shop since, according to Debbie. “He is so talented and can do anything he puts his mind to. He gets a tremendous amount of work done every day!”
So how did she get the building for the shop? Someone told her about the property being available for a reasonable price. There was a lot of work that had to be done to get it in the condition it’s in now. She’s been lucky to have good people working with her, especially her main picker Charlie. “He helped me get it up and running. I can’t say how much of a help Charlie is to me. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the best picker in Virginia and finds so much good stuff for me,” she says.
Debbie and Marc have been extremely impressed with the welcome they’ve received in the area. “My friends just don’t get it when I try to explain to them the difference in living here and up north. People there live at a very fast pace and you’re lucky if you get a smile, much less a friendly welcome. They don’t have time because there’s so much going on. I’ve spent a lot of time living like that and it makes me appreciate my lake house even more. It makes me feel good to know that people are enjoying my shop. We’ve done well ever since it opened and I can’t wait to see what’s coming ahead for us!” she exclaims.
Virginia Found Goods is open Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Call 1-908-627-6272 for more information.
The shop also can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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