|This page is intended to help you
know who we
are and our qualifications and experience
as antiques dealers.
We are Susan and Jim McDowell. Antiques are a passion with
us. We have been antiques collecting more
years and dealers more than twelve. We moved to the Shenandoah and
opened Valley of Virginia Antiques November 1996.
We believe that 'quality' antiques make excellent
investments. You can enjoy them everyday
knowing your financial outlay will compound generously over
time. They also provide lasting value that can be passed on
to loved ones.
Susan has a degree in Home Economics where she first studied interior design,
furniture styles, textiles,
merchandising, etc. She
subsequently took several interior design courses and gained
practical experience working as an assistant to an interior designer.
Susan, fully trained
by Colonial Williamsburg, served as a costumed interpreter of
colonial history, government, architecture, design,
social customs and period furniture styles, china,
silver, pottery, fabrics, paint, wall paper, etc.
| Susan first managed
Antiques Mall, then operated her own booths in several malls. She now manages
Virginia Antiques. Her hobbies, in addition to
antiques, include quilting and gardening.
served as an Army Officer for 30 years. He has a degree in
economics and an MBA. He collected antiques with Susan and
has read extensively about early US history and
antiques. Jim has 20+ years experience repairing and refinishing antiques. He now
buying, repairing, and refinishing antiques and assists her with
shop keeping. Jim built and
maintains Valley of Virginia Antiques Website. His hobbies include
antiques, gardening, bicycling, hiking, reading and old house restoration.