Antique shop owners cherish local items

Store values importance of local history
David Burgess, co-owner of Still River Days Antiques, stands beside a display case in the New Market shop. Nathan Budryk/Daily
Customer Bobbie Wilinski, of Broadway, holds a pair of colored Civil War-era glasses used to treat various ailments. Nathan Budryk/Daily
Customer Alica Overton, of Quicksburg, inspects an Edison phonograph player at Still River Days Antiques. Nathan Budryk/Daily
David and Trudy Burgess, owners of Still River Days Antiques, say they opened their shop 10 years earlier than planned. Nathan Budryk/Daily

NEW MARKET – Still River Days Antiques stresses the importance of local items, and cherishes the stories behind them even more, said Trudy Burgess, who owns the store with her husband David Burgess.

The store, located at 9408 S. Congress St., held its grand opening last weekend.

“Our philosophy is that it (items in the store) need to be re-homed where it can continue to tell its story,” said Trudy Burgess. “For instance, the 1911 royal chairs we have in here – they were found in a barn… We’ve decided that we would rather invest the money and not make a whole lot off of them but put them back into a condition where those chairs could continue to serve the purpose that they were meant to serve.”

The fondness for local items was echoed by Wendy Demello, of Quicksburg, a Still River Days’ customer and owner of Third Hill Winery.

“I try to do the winery with antiques from the valley,” Demello said. “Most of our winery contains the old things from the valley… That’s why we’ve been antique shopping for years… I’ve bought several things from here (Still River Days.) … It’s really convenient. We come down to New Market a lot; it’s kind of our town.”

The Burgesses’ original plan was to open an antique shop several years from now, but Trudy Burgess said that some medical problems forced her to retire from her job.

“I worked for a Fortune 500 company,” she explained. “I was doing 12- to 14-hour days and I’ve had migraines since I was in my 20s, and because of working that many hours and having the stress that I had, my migraines went from one or two a month to four or five a week.”

Trudy Burgess said that her doctor recommended that she take a year off at first to allow her brain to recover, but after that didn’t fully correct it, she was advised to stop working that kind of work altogether.

“David and I’s plan was to start an antique store in 10 years and because of my health, we decided to jump in and do our planning 10 years early.”

Now that she has switched over to a less stressful line of work, she said she is committed to preserving the area’s history and reconnecting people to relics from the past.

“I love it when I come across things that are long-term family names,” she said. “The first thing I do before I price it and put it out, I call or Facebook the people that I know are attached to that item… That’s why we have pictures all over the store, because we have actually had somebody walk in and go, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my uncle,’ and we just pull it off and give it to them, we don’t even charge them.”

Still River Days Antiques can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stillriverdays1004 or on New Market’s shopping page. http://www.newmarketvirginia.com/visitors/shop.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.

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