AT DC: Finials Antiques

AT DC: Finials Antiques

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 3, 2008

This is from DC finalist, Colleen. Comment away!

Tucked away on a quiet side street close to Chevy Chase Circle, Finials is a treasure trove of antique furniture, costume jewelry, china, silver, and chandeliers. Owner Barbara Lautman opened Finials in June 1999 and has been doing a booming business ever since...

Finials is stocked with estate sale and auction finds, and a discreet sign on the door encourages passersby to enquire within if they have family treasures to sell. Almost all of the merchandise in the store is from the DC area; Barbara stopped making long buying trips once she realized "the wealth of merchandise" available in DC for the discerning shopper.

Clients at Finials range from recent college grads looking to start a furniture collection to the 94 year old woman redoing her entire beach house with antiques from the store. Finials has a large base of loyal repeat customers and Barbara knows many shoppers by name, but I was delighted to see newcomers get the same smiling welcome albeit without the personal greeting.

Finials specializes in late 19th and early 20th century furniture, most of it painted, but there are always a few mid-century modern pieces to be found in stock. Though many pieces are sold with their original paint, Barbara does some kind of restoration work on most of the pieces she sells, and is always willing to custom paint or finish a piece from the store to match a customer's vision.

Finials offers traditional antique silver and china as well as quirkier pieces like this hundred year old dollhouse. With prices ranging from $10 for a costume necklace to $1400 for a Williamsburg mirror, Finials prides itself on offering something for everyone. >>

- Colleen Q.

(Thanks, Colleen!)

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