Claudius Design & Consign is an upscale consignment shop with a heavy dose of retail therapy added in! We carry an eclectic mix of home decorating items / jewelry / artwork / pottery and ceramics / women’s clothing, and then there are the surprise finds on our shelves. Because our inventory is constantly changing, we cannot predict what specialty items will be in stock on the day of your visit, but we can promise a surprising variety of lovely decorating pieces, interesting useful items, useful odds and ends, necessary cards for social occasions, pretty earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and lots of things you will want.
You may be asking, ‘Who is Claudius? …' We named our shop after Claudius Crozet (1789 - 1864), a French engineer who designed and oversaw the tunneling through the Blue Ridge Mountains and opening railroad trade to the west. Before emigrating to the United States, he served as an engineer for Napoleon. Monsieur Crozet was a prolific scholar of his time, writing the first college mathematics textbook published in America. He taught at West Point, and was one of the co-founders of Virginia Military Institute. The little town of Crozet is named after Crozet, and has grown from a small railroad town, that originally served the local peach and apple orchard economy, to becoming an important part of the Virginia wine industry, a flourishing residential community between Charlottesville and Waynesboro Virginia, and an end destination for family and cultural events.
Claudius Design & Consign represents the interests and accomplishments of a community of artisans, many who are local Virginia makers. We like to think that our shop reflects the spirit of our small town's namesake.