Not too far north of the ever expanding Richmond ‘burbs lies the charming town of Ashland, Virginia. Just off of I-95, it makes a great stop for those heading south from Washington D.C. on this busy northeast corridor. Recently Ellen and I decided to take a little day trip back in time and check out some new-to-us shopping spots. We’ve been in a thrifting mood of late helping our oldest daughters outfit new apartments and are always on the lookout for a unique find to turn into a fabulous accessory for one of their new pads.
The best way to get to Ashland is on Route 1 that runs parallel to I-95. On the way north from Glen Allen, we made our first stop at
Though we found nothing sublime at Class and Trash, we were charmed by the eclectic mix filling two floors and spread throughout the yard. We did leave, though, with directions to our next stop,
Where Class and Trash was dusty and required digging through piles of junque in need of some TLC, Thrill of the Hunt is bright and clean
and filled with items ready to find a place in your home. I knew that Thrill of the Hunt was an Annie Sloan chalk paint dealer like one of our favorite spots, Brocante in Irvington and now in the DéCOR design center in Carytown, but I didn’t expect to find such a modern-feeling mix of home accessories.
The store also carries O’verlays, which I have read about on several blogs. These lightweight decorative add-ons
were created to upgrade the look of IKEA pieces, but they can work on other plain pieces that you might have in your home or find at a place like Class and Trash. How great to see them in person and on samples throughout Thrill of the Hunt.
We left Thrill of the Hunt with loads of inspiration and ready for a tour of the charming town of Ashland. At its core, Ashland is a whistle-stop train town, and much of its daily business lies along the train tracks.
Charming Randolph-Macon College is up there on the right, while the beautiful Henry Clay Inn
lies just west of the train station. The local Train Town Toy & Hobby store
faces the tracks just down a block. With several cross-overs, three blocks of train tracks comprise the heart of the Ashland.
England Street, though, is the main drag, and we headed back east on it to Turner’s
for lunch. Another recommendation from Class and Trash, Turner’s is the local’s lunch spot. With meat and two specials, we knew that we had found real home cooking amongst the vinyl-covered booths.
After lunch, we had a bit of time to pop into the local antiques mall where Ellen just missed out on the bench of her dreams. Then Richmond beckoned us home. Though disappointed over losing what would have been a fabulous find, we vowed to return to Ashland another day on the hunt for more hidden treasures.