Worldly Appeal

Baileywyck Antiques showcases Lisa Vella’s admiration of unique items

Lisa Vella, owner of Baileywyck Antiques, resided in England with her family when she was in her 30s until around 1992 when she moved back. While abroad she travelled all over England – browsing estates, museums, castles and antique stores. As the years passed, Vella developed a great appreciation for style, beauty and craftsmanship in furniture. She said, “The problem was I had a home full of things and needed very little. I started to buy, sell, and swap my things out for older, more beautiful items.” This process led to the creation of Baileywyck.

Vella originally opened Baileywyck in Middleburg in 2006, but in December moved to The Plains. After months of renovations to the 4,600 square foot space, her shop is once again open for patrons to peruse an array of artwork, architectural elements, home decor items, equestrian items, garden elements, lighting, textiles, vintage-style toys, and more. Her favorite pieces include her vast collection of carousel horses.

“I carry items from all corners of the world. Some pieces are from Goa, Paris, Spain, and Italy. And other pieces hale from England, Scotland, Wales and the U.S.,” she said. Her career has provided her a way to enjoy flexibility. “I always say there are no emergencies in antiques so this is an ideal business for me as I am a bi-coastal parent and a brand new grandma. I have the ability to see my kids when I want and travel overseas for work while I earn an income,” she shared.

Due to her presence on Ebay and locally she has developed a large client base which helped in her make the decision to relocate from Middleburg. “The Plains is a dream come true. The community has been incredibly welcoming and helpful,” Vella shared. Surrounded by other shops and restaurants, Vella shared her store provides the needed space, but also draws even more customers.

Vella divulged her favorite part of owning the business is the people she meets. “They are fun, interesting, sophisticated, well-travelled and like-minded,” she said. Customers share family stories, travel tips, and restaurant experiences with her. “In a small way I am a part of their lives,” she said.

Vella shared she enjoys when people stop in and wander around the store to visit with her and her two golden retrievers, Emma and Don. She also hopes to provide local artists a place to display and sell work in the near future. “We are preparing the space now and my commision will be donated to the The Plains Community League,” she shared. “I am looking forward to being a part of The Plains in every way.”

Baileywyck Antiques is located at 474 Loudoun Avenue in The Plains. For more information visit the website or visit social pages on Instagram and Facebook.


Debbie Eisele
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Debbie Eisele is a freelance writer and the Community Outreach Coordinator for Hero’s Bridge, a nonprofit serving older veterans. She lives in Warrenton with her husband and twin daughters.

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