This charming Old Town retailer began humbly on a card table in Alexandria’s flea market in 1973. From there it’s blossomed into a much-loved part of Old Town Alexandria’s vibrant character. Founder Gladys Irvin began selling Thai jewelry at the Old Town flea market on weekends. But look how it blossomed! Its name Today’s Cargo was chosen because whatever she sold was what arrived in that day’s mail shipment.
By 1975 the business relocated to 217 Cameron Street, remembers store manager Donna McIntyre, who joined in 1976. Next stop was 315 Cameron Street. The company philosophy was to reinvest revenue back into the inventory so that consumers had a reason to keep returning. That smart decision kept the business growing and in 2007 Today’s Cargo made its home in its present location at 1102 King Street.
Today’s Cargo’s friendly staff makes everyone welcome, and that means children and pets, giving the shop a real family atmosphere. But comfort is not the only thing that attracts customers Donna says. “The price tags on our merchandise are always turned face-up so that you can see them. You will never be intimidated here. We treat our customers how we want to be treated."
Donna and assistant manager Carla Clarke are frequent jewelry trade show attendees bringing you pearls from China and Japan, Italian gold and sterling, German and Italian cameos, handmade jewelry from Mexico and Thailand, Lithuanian amber, and much more. The selection of seasonally rotating gift items and a large collection of estate jewelry keeps things new. "Everything we offer is hand-selected by our staff; all quality merchandise that we stand behind" says Donna. They are also happy to try to find something you don’t see in the store. Discover what true customer care means by visiting Today’s Cargo soon.