When you enter Olde Lamps and Thangs in Boydton, Virginia, Boo the dog greets you in the front room, his tail wagging. The store owner, Bill Thompson, can usually be found in the back room restoring one of the 3,000 lamps he has collected over the last 40 years.
The Colonial-Revival style home that has housed Olde Lamps and Thangs since January 2007 was built in 1920 and has four main rooms where Bill showcases his impressive collections of lamps, shades, glassware, and collectibles.
Retired from Mecklenburg Electric Co-operative, Bill's specialty is restoring lamps including converting oil lamps to electric. Over 2,000 of his lamps date back to the Civil War. Aladdin lamps, Depression Lamps, Gone with the Wind lamps, floor lamps, and hanging lamps are just a few types of lamps you will find at Olde Lamps and Thangs.
Among his fine collection of glassware, you will find Fire King, Roseville, Iris and Herringbone, Hull, McCoy, Nippon, and Noritake. Grisold, Wagner, and Magnalite kitchenware also adorn his shelves. Cookie jars, glass bottles, farm items, crocks, jewelry, tobacco items, framed artwork, old signs and other advertisement items, Occipied Japan, and German Hummels are also displayed throughout the store.
Not only does Bill have a lot of antiques, he also has a lot of knowledge about his collections and antiques in general. Though he purchases the majority of his collections through estate sales, he also purchases antiques from individuals.
Olde Lamps and Thangs is located at 317 Madison Street in Boydton, Virginia. Bill's hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. He is closed on Monday and Tuesday, but would be happy to set an appointment for you to come browse his collections.