As one journeys over the Ashley River Memorial Bridge to West Ashley and proceeds a short distance down St. Andrews Blvd., you will find on your left a building painted a bright, Charleston piazza blue. This building not only stands out for its color among the other former residences that have been converted into lawyers and dentist offices, but also for its name: Izby Antiques & Gifts.

What is an Izby you may ask?

Izby is the amalgamation of the names Izard and Hamby, as in the husband and wife team of lifelong Charlestonians, Edward (“Bru”) Izard and Debra Hamby. Yes, Debra is the daughter of Mrs. Hamby the founder of Hamby Catering and the delicious Chicken salad sandwich. Theirs is a story within itself. They had dated in college, but had drifted apart as the distance between Sewanee and the University of Georgia proved too great for them at the time. Thirty five plus years later, they were reunited and married within four months.

Izby was started by them in 2011 when Debra began selling actively on eBay. As Bru tells it, they had a choice between “Izby” and “Hamard” which sounded too much like hammered and decided to go with what they thought was the less objectionable Izby. Debra went on to become an Amazon seller and was so successful that “Bru” left the commercial real estate appraisal field to join her full-time in 2013. However, Bru has had a lifelong love affair with antiques and history, and felt that he wanted to try fulfilling his dream of having his own antique store. Right from the start he and his wife had entirely different visions for the business. This brought about their signature statement: “Izby where tradition meets whimsy”.

Starting in January of this year they began assembling their inventory; through word of mouth, traveling to markets, numerous auctions and perusing online sites. Debra put her extensive wholesale experience to use buying jewelry, gifts, designer furniture and other items for home décor. Also, it was determined that gifts would be part of their selection.

Entering the store you will be greeted by either of their employees Faith Sanders or Glennis West, both long time veterans of the antique business. Faith had her own store on James Island for over ten years, and Glennis is a familiar face having sold through both Island Bazaar and Terrace Oaks on James Island for a number of years as well.

In the store not only will you find antique furniture and silver, vintage glassware and china, but also a wide assortment of candles , garden décor from SPI, designer furniture , lamps and a large selection of women’s jewelry, both new and vintage. They are also very excited that will have French Kande jewelry in just a few weeks.

The shop is for the shopper with discriminating taste that is tired of the same old same old. As Bru and Debra both say, they have bought things that they love and that they hope that you will as well. Most of all, they hope you will enjoy your visit with them. This is a shop owned by Charlestonians for Charlestonians. Stop by and give them a visit, we feel sure that you will find something that you love. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00; located at 675 St. Andrew’s Blvd. 843-252-1224.