The Shop

The Gilded Age Antiques is an autonomous buyer, importer, and purveyor of fine English and Continental European antiques. Its recent specialization in vintage modern furniture from the Mid Century Modern and Art Deco movements is showcased alongside an impressive selection of late 18th, 19th, and early 20th century antiques. The shop offers collections of Majolica, oil paintings, antique table and dinnerware sets, objet d'art, and leather bound books.

Located within the store is The Gilded Edition, a boutique gift shop, featuring items by artisans, craftspeople, and cooperatives carefully chosen to reflect ethical, inclusive, and conscience business practices. More information on the gift store here


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How and when did it all begin?

In 1995, William McLaren and Robert Ruggles’s vision came to life when they purchased the “French Country Village”, a small group of houses and shops off of Highway 105 in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Soon the walls were painted and the rooms were filled with specialty items including decorations and furniture from all over the world. Word of the shop spread quickly amongst the locals, and the shop expanded from just antiques to a full scale interior design studio and gift shop of pure magic. The Gilded Age is the undertaking of William McLaren and Robby Ruggles, owners and operators. See their about page for more [questionably useful] information. Come see us today to experience the wonder and timeless beauty that is the Gilded Age Antiques and Interiors.


Our Staff

Marketing & Sales Director: Olivia Daly

Beyond that, our small team is currently comprised of one Olivia, our social media extraordinare, marketing, “Jill” of all trades with a passion for beautiful and unique things. Olivia graduated from East Carolina with a degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing and relocated in 2016 to our beautiful mountains from the North Carolina beaches. With her diverse background in real estate, interior design and knowledge of all things, Olivia is the icing on the cake for the Gilded Age. You can contact Olivia at our e-mail or you can find her at our brick and mortar location 6 days a week.

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Master of Restoration: Jeremy Black

In addition, we have one Jeremy, a maverick of maintenance and specialty repair who bears a great eye and an honest opinion about silk scarves. Olivia and Jeremy descend from a lineage of other extraordinary members of the Gilded Age family who have made the shops success possible over the past 23 years.


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Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant: Lauren Sanderson

A former student of Appalachian State University, Lauren has built her skillset to include major assets such as graphic design, photography, web design, social media marketing, and interior design knowledge. Graduating with her degree in graphic design, and minoring in photography, her unique and broad skillset is a wonderful asset not only to our business team, but to our family. Navigating the likes of Adobe’s Creative Cloud vault, she produces product shots and marketing campaigns, as well as graphic and web design decisions. Need a dresser photoshopped into your living room before you make your decision? Lauren is your girl!


Where are we located?

The Gilded Age is nestled in the Blue Ridge of Western North Carolina, in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, the oldest rock formation in the world in Banner Elk, NC. For specifics, visit our contact page.