Amid the sea of antique shops in Leesburg, it can be difficult to discern the line that separates shabby-chic from, well, just plain shabby. At antique boutique Urban Pickers, nearly every item falls on the fashionable side. Items are thoroughly curated to offer an irresistible smorgasbord of home furnishings, jewelry, accessories, country kitsch and adorable knickknacks.
The store's four rooms are stocked and arranged by three women, so each has a distinct feel. Everything is handpicked (hence the name), and the rooms are pleasantly full, not overwhelmingly cluttered. The front room contains mostly antique home furnishings and accessories, but head back to the three smaller rooms and you'll find handcrafted felt purses and hats, bronze cuff bracelets, decanters, polka-dotted sewing kits, brightly colored alpaca wool yarn and myriad other items, both new and pre-owned.
You'll find it difficult to leave without picking one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends -- and a little something for yourself.
-- Jess Righthand (Dec. 2, 2011)