Gabby Virginia is named after Kim’s two grandmothers: Virginia and Gabby (who hated the nickname but nobody would ever call her “Grandmother Lillian” as requested).
Both women left civilization for schoolmarm jobs in the Wild West. Gabby’s stint at the one room schoolhouse ended with her marriage to a local rancher and she rode out the Great Depression and WWII raising children and cattle in Montana.
Virginia, then known as “Ginger,” left Pierce City, MO for her own one room school gig in Wyoming, where she met the gypsy son of a local cattle rancher. The two spent the Flapper years as itinerant musicians and oil field nomads, eventually settling in a small refinery town in southern Wyoming.
But the Depression, the war, and the blizzard of 1949 that left neighbors suffocated in ten foot snowdrifts took all the ginger out of Virginia. She developed a grim determination to save every last rubber band and scrap of tinfoil, and to develop a source of income that didn’t rely on her husband’s refinery shift work.
Virginia turned all but one room of her tiny company house into a shop, instructed her husband to hammer down a billboard by the side of brand new Interstate 80, and went into the antique business. Over the next 35 years, Virginia developed a national customer base and the reputation of an expert. Her business allowed the couple to resume their gypsy ways with frequent antique buying trips to Europe.
The Gabby Virginia booth features some of Virginia’s store inventory, particularly her favorite ABP and EAPG glass, and Eastlake furniture. Check out the Consignment Room for more vintage furniture, art, needlework and ranch house chic.