At Tinker's, our goal is to inspire creativity and bring back the magic of shopping IN an actual store. There is something magical for every occasion. From wedding, baby, birthday and housewarming gifts to furniture for your first home, beach house, or college dorm room, trust us, we've got you covered.
70 years of
We can style. We can repair. We can make your lives brighter.
TINKER AND COMPANY
started as a restoration/repair business and was founded by Anthony Coleman in 1975. It has grown to be one of the most trusted repair companies on the East Coast. Everything is done by hand with love and care.
In 1988, Sharon Coleman (Tony's wife), put her interior design skills to use and launched TINKER'S, the ultimate destination for stylish gifts, decor, furniture, lighting, jewelry, handmade treasures, and cool stuff for babies up to 5 years old.
The entire family has always been involved. In fact, their kids used to parade down Patterson Avenue dressed as elves for the Annual Holiday Bash. The family is comprised of artists, designers, professional shoppers, craftsmen, bakers, storytellers, and even a Hollywood fashion stylist. Each one scouts the country to find items that will brighten the homes in the city they love.
The Fire of 1998
From Tragedy Comes Change
All it took was one candle to burn down our entire retail store. It was scary, surreal, and heartbreaking. Nothing was salvageable. We had only been at our new location for a year and in just under an hour, life took it all away. Fortunately, no one was injured and thankfully, the fire did not reach the connecting restoration business, full of chemicals and flammable materials. It could have been so much worse.
Where most people would have called it quits, my parents, Sharon and Tony Coleman, embraced the change. Somehow, through the smoke and ash, they saw a blank canvas full of potential. With the help of their family and friends, Tinker's reopened 8 months later to rave reviews. Nearly 20 years has passed and it grows more stylish each year. It is often voted as one of the top gift stores in Richmond, which is impressive because cause its location is off the beaten path.
Our goal is to create an environment that allows people to escape their stressful lives and feel inspired. Why? Because making your lives happier inspires us.
2018 BEST GIFT SHOP IN VIRGINIA
After having such a horrific fire, Tinker's is the ultimate comeback story. That is one reason why it is such an honor to win so many awards. In 2017, we won Best Retailer that is Still In Business Since 1988 award and the Best Local Gift Shop awards from Richmond Magazine. In 2018, it was voted Best Gift Shop and Best Independent Home Decor store in Virginia by Virginia Living magazine.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Katie S., Customer
The store is so fun AND original. If you are looking to buy a gift for yourself, a friend, family, or any occasion, this is your spot. They have furniture and kids stuff too! I don't know how I don't walk out with half of the store because it is all so darn cute!
Joan T., Journalist
Tinker's is an eclectic wonderland!
--Richmond Times Dispatch
Tammy G., Customer
If you feel down and go into the store, you feel better. I like their motto: Why Shop The Ordinary because its true. You just find different things there.