In 1981, Peter and Mary Beaman decided to pull roots from the D.C. area and move themselves and their two young sons to the Delaware Beaches. The Beamans left a federal government job with the National Zoo and a physical therapy position with the Maryland public school system to pursue the dream of starting their own antique business.

The Beamans chose to relocate to Sussex County because of its beautiful beaches and close proximity to family. With the help of a VA loan and a healthy case of imagination and vision, a commercial and residential property on Route 1 was purchased at 1503 Highay One, Lewes Delaware where Beaman’s Old & Gnu Antiques was born.

In 2001, the business was relocated to its current, larger location on Route 9 (Lewes Georgetown Highway) at 28947 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE, which is 3 miles west of Coastal Highway. The location is shared with Sassy Chic, a unique gift shop that specializes in items made by local artisans.

Whether you are interested in buying furniture, jewelry, coins, decorative, antiques or collectible items, the Mary and Peter hope to offer a one-of-a-kind antiquing and shopping experience. The Beamans are also actively interested in buying gold, silver, coins and other precious metals.

Please peruse our gallery photos and explore our diverse selection of antiques.

Please note, not all of our products are listed on our website and we encourage you to stop by in person. Directions.