Perched on the side of Route 7 just a couple of miles before the county line, an unassuming block building has been given a new lease on life as a retail start-up business. Poe’s Collectibles opened in October of 2011 and has been slowly building its “collection” and clientele ever since. The store offers a range of products from antiques to cast iron outdoor furniture, as well as porcelain and glassware. Merchandise moves in and out of the store on a regular basis, so customers have learned to make frequent stops to see what’s new. Owner David Poe said, “I’ve been selling more pieces and have seen more and more people stop by to browse. Some are even leaving their names and numbers with items they are looking for so we can let them know if we get them in.”
David’s interest in collectibles is a culmination of years of accumulating interesting antiques, china, and other household items while living in Clarke County. However, the retail business is not his first career or even his second. He worked on the dairy farm across the street from his current store for many years. During that time, he also worked part-time in the gas station that operated out of the building he now leases. After that, he drove a dump truck and then a city bus in Winchester. His broad experience has honed an extremely important talent needed in his current line of work, the ability to listen and talk with almost anyone like he has known them for years. David’s stories and friendly conversation make everyone who walks in feel right at home.
His location has ample parking and room to pull off the road, but on the westbound stretch of Route 7 where his store stands, traffic picks-up speed quickly. Having lived all his life in the area, he reminisced that at one time he might only see 6 or 7 cars a day on that stretch of road. Now, there are hundreds. But that traffic is the life blood of a retail operation and David has taken to placing interesting items outside on the island in front of the store to attract the curious. “Sometimes I see folks slow down and then turn around and come all the way back.”
David’s clientele is diverse and hail from all over Northern Virginia. He has seen buyers stop in while on day trips to the area, as well as locals looking for a nice piece of furniture. David laughed and said, “They come from all over.”
David is also not shy about his faith and leaning on it to pull him through tough times. His store signage bears a cross and David said he, “Leans on the Lord,” to help him when times get tough.
Poe’s Collectibles is located at 11470 Harry Byrd Highway and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m till 6:00p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. For more information call 540-955-8269