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Get The Perfect Dining Table!


Nov 2, 2012 antique, dining sets, dining tables, family, holiday, Thanksgiving, vintage 0 Comments
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are stocked with gorgeous antique and vintage dining tables and chairs! Warm up your dining room with a vintage or antique piece that will last a lifetime. Do you have a piece in your home that is vintage or antique that you just couldn’t live without? Email your story to, we’d love to hear it! 

Curious About Caring For Your Furniture?


Feb 29, 2012 antique, DIY, DIY Del Ray, furniture, furniture care, Restor-A-Finish, vintage 0 Comments

Buying furniture is an investment, especially antique and vintage pieces. Protect that investment with our tips for caring for your furniture.

The ladies at DIY Del Ray sat down with us to chat about the best way to care for wood furniture, silver pieces, upholstered furniture and fine china. Read their post for our tips about how to care for furniture here and check out a sampling of our tips below!

How To Make Your Furniture Last Forever:

  • When you first acquire a piece, especially if it is dingy or dirty (maybe you scored a crazy deal at our sister store Not Too Shabby Consignments or found it in somebody’s curbside diss pile) clean, clean, clean it. The best formula for cleaning furniture is 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 turpentine. Clean, clean, clean with a soft dry cloth. This formula is tried and true and will leave your furniture looking brand new (hey, I rhymed)!
  • Restore furniture that might be nicked, scratched or damaged using a product called Restor-A-Finish (pictured above). You can purchase Restor-A-Finish at our shop, it comes in a variety of finishes to fit your specific needs. Use #0000 super fine steel wool and gently scrub – voila, a refreshed and restored piece!
  • Maintain that furniture you worked so hard to make beautiful again by NOT using products like Pledge or Endust (they can discolor and damage wood). Instead, use a product like The Original Bees Wax, available at our shop, for weekly cleanings. Use it when you dust or clean your house!
For more tips and tricks for cleaning and caring for your furniture, read DIY Del Ray’s Article here!

Happy Cleaning!

Photo Credit: Katie DIY Del Ray

All New, Just For You!


Feb 6, 2012 shelving, storage, unique, vintage 0 Comments

We asked, you answered! We have so many fantastic, unique pieces in our shop right now! Including the vintage jar holder pictured above- originally made to hold screws, nails, bolts and the like – but could be repurposed in a very cool way! Use it for beads, buttons, craft supplies, herbs, seeds or use it as decor and throw a variety of textured items in the jars!

Happy Shopping!

This Week At Potomac West: Fall Fun!


Oct 13, 2011 dining tables, fall, This Week At Potomac West, vintage 0 Comments

This week at Potomac West…it’s a fall harvest of fantastic furniture! Our dealers have
loaded their spaces with new merchandise including dining tables, rustic utility tables and vintage fall decorations. There are select Halloween decorations perfect for spooking
up your house for the holiday!

Become a fan of Potomac West on Facebook and check out our dealer photo albums for more merchandise photos! Also follow us on Twitter for updates on new items. As always visit our website for more information.

If you haven’t already checked out our new inventory and fresh look, stop by this weekend and take a look around!

That’s all for this week!

This Week At Not Too Shabby: Get Spooky!


Oct 13, 2011 Facebook, Rugs, This Week At Not Too Shabby, Twitter, vintage 0 Comments

This week at Not Too Shabby…stop in and find the spookiest decorations for Halloween! We also have fabulous pieces of costume jewelry, vintage hats and more to help you put together the perfect costume. Stop in this weekend and shop around!

Become a fan of Not Too Shabby on Facebook for daily updates and photos, also follow us on Twitter for updates on new merchandise. For more information about
the shop, directions or information about consigning with us check out our

See you this weekend at Not Too Shabby!

Columbus Day Finds!


Oct 10, 2011 antique, Columbus Day, Costume Jewelry, Danish style, Fiestaware, savings, vintage 0 Comments

We are open Columbus Day 10/10 from 10am-6pm! Stop in and check out our fabulous fall inventory.

Pictured above is a gorgeous Danish style cabinet with wood inlays, perfect for extra storage in any room. This piece is available in our dealer Primrose’s space. You can find her upstairs at Potomac West.

We also have a great selection of vintage and new Fiestaware. The pieces above can be found downstairs at Potomac West in Dealer #352’s space.

There are some great opportunities to save right now, Dealer #109 is offering 30% off their entire selection of antique and vintage furniture! He has wonderful pieces and an absolutely fabulous selection of vintage hats.

Celebrate Columbus day with Potomac West! Become a fan on Facebook and get daily updates about new merchandise and special savings!

Keep your eyes on our website this week for a special feature about our dealer Full Circle who is currently featuring her fabulous costume jewelry the front window.

See you at Potomac West!

This Week At Potomac West: Vintage Blue Dresser & Perfect Fall Jewelry!


Sep 16, 2011 dresser, fall, jewelry, vintage 0 Comments
So, we have been talking a lot lately about big changes coming to Potomac West and we think it is time to spill the beans. Potomac West & our dealers will be moving spaces around the shop – adding new merchandise and more selection. These changes will be complete in time for the October 1st Del Ray Art On The Avenue celebration! So, please bear with us over the coming weeks as we move things around!

We are excited about these changes because they mean more quality merchandise for you to choose from and a fresh look for you to enjoy. With that said, we always appreciate your feedback and would love to hear any ideas or requests you have for particular inventory or suggestions for how we can improve our shop.

This week you find savings around every corner AND downstairs! Dealer #109 is offering 30% off their entire stock of furniture and accessories. We often remind our customers that we have a downstairs where you will find fantastic pieces including the primitive bowl featured below. Make sure you check out our downstairs the next time you are in Potomac West!

Potomac West is new to Twitter this week – follow us for updates on sale items, discounts, new merchandise and event invites! Also check out our blog and learn about our dealer featured in the front window this month, how to get her look and more.

As always if you have any questions or are interested in a particular piece, give us a call at 703-519-1911 or check out our website!

That’s all for this week – we look forward to seeing you in the shop!

Vintage Blue Dresser
Perfect Fall Jewlery
Primitive Bowl

How Much is That Birdcage in The Window?


Sep 14, 2011 shabby chic, vintage, window 0 Comments

Each month one of our dealers styles the front window at Potomac West. We love to see what our dealers do with the space and how they showcase their individual style. It is the perfect way to show off all of the styles of furniture and accessories that Potomac West offers.

This month Dealer #106 has filled the front window with her spectacularly shabby and vintage style goods. She has featured a large shelf unit made from fruit crates that is perfect for cubbies, books and pottery. There is an adorable large yellow coffee pot with a Hummel painting on the front that would add the perfect splash of color to a shabby chic room.

The cream metal birdcage and vintage scale are right in tune with the shabby theme and add an element of playful vintage fun to her style. Dealer #106 plays with metal pieces and pottery often in her spaces which give her style textural layers that keep it interesting and unexpected. Dealer #106 often features different color and textured wood pieces that add layers of warmth and richness to her look, like the wooden berry carrier she has featured in the window.

Her use of textures and variety of organic and playfully colorful pieces make her style unique. There is always something to be found in her space and her inventory changes regularly. If you are interested in any of her pieces, stop by or give us a call at 703-519-1911!

How Much Is That Chair In The Window?


Sep 12, 2011 fall, furniture, rustic, vintage 0 Comments

With each new season we change the look of our front window, creating a different design and style vignette to reflect the inventory you can find in our store.

We just updated our window for fall and think you will be pretty excited to hear about what’s in it. 

The style of our current window is warm and rustic with pops of color from colored tin art panels and fabulous vintage books. There are two rustic side tables with one drawer and a cabinet – perfect in a living room or bedroom, these tables are priced at $128. The vintage rocking chair has a cane seat and is selling for only $70.

The rustic furniture of this window is accented with some really interesting and unique vintage accessories. There is a vintage Argus C3 camera with leather carrying case and lens – which is functional but also serves as an accessory. Beautifully textured vintage books that when stacked, add a layer of warmth and sophistication. There are also vintage glass bottles that fill and empty space beautifully and give a sense of whimsy. The hand carved wooden box is perfect for holding treasures or displaying on a table top. There are two kneeling Asian figures that look fabulous on a floor or as a statement piece on a shelf. The colored tin panels are made by a local artist and are available in large and small sizes. There is also a vintage stained glass piece in the window, which gives any room that rustic feeling.

We LOVE the look of our new fall window – it is so easy to achieve a warm, rustic look by adding just a few of the pieces we featured above!

If you have any questions or want more information about the items available, give us a call at 703-519-1911!