Antique stores are spread throughout the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and gravitate towards small towns. Wealthy areas around Washington, DC, have places like Ellicott City and Haymarket, MD, with numerous shops grouped together. We country cousins only have one or two such shops in most small towns. Smithfield has several nice ones. Nearby Wakefield also has several, though less polished, but likely to contain rustic treasures.
Williamsburg, though it contains an entire antique town of Colonial Williamsburg, mostly sells replicas of antiques. However, north of town are several excellent small shops and one antique mall with hundreds of vendors. Some of these buy directly from old homesteads and farms. One helps older couples downsize or dispose of house goods when they move into smaller quarters. A few take items on consignment. One near Smithfield on Rt 256 sells new and antique furniture, including imported antiques from Europe and China.