Close to Home, Far from Ordinary
by Elisa Urmston
Carriage House Antiques is proud to celebrate eleven years of being an integral part of the High Desert community. The charming, yet impressive of a labor of love by husband and wife team Paul and Bunny Lynn Mariano, they have fulfilled their vision of a modern-day version of the old general store concept—a place where you could not just buy the things you want or need, but also gather and chat with the other folks in your community over coffee, tea, and cookies—indeed, Bunny Lynn has a full-service tea cart stocked with yummy biscotti and other treats featuring her own personally curated collection of tea cups in the hopes you will do just that.
Carriage House Antiques is housed in an 8000 square-foot distinctively attractive building designed by husband Paul, and is home to over 60 dealers who offer a delightful treasure trove of goods from new to old—not only antiques, but. Diverse collections encompassing home decor, antiques and collectibles, rustic pieces, mid-century designs, shabby chic, vintage and new clothing, and designer handbags. One impressive aspect of Carriage House is that the inventory changes daily—which means if you find something you just adore, don’t wait—pounce! You will be pleasantly surprised by their reasonable prices, and they are one of the few merchants in this world who still offers layaway, so treat yourself—there’s no reason not to. Curious about their offerings? Friend and fellow antique dealer Chris Spurlock does a wonderful job of photographing the ever-changing merchandise and maintaining the Carriage House presence on social media outlets Instagram and Facebook, which is how I initially became curious about them.
You can visit Carriage House Antiques seven days a week—they are open Monday through Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday, 11-5. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and you’re bound to find something special there. Be sure to make time in your schedule to pop in during the weekend of November 1, 2, and 3, when they will be celebrating their eleventh anniversary sale (they also have a spring sale, but don’t wait) with snacks, a raffle as well as live music performed by the duo Quiet Fire—who also happen to be two of the merchants there. Rumor has it Paul will be firing up the barbecue and grilling up delicious hot dogs as well. See you there!
Carriage House Antiques
11370 Hesperia Road
Hesperia, CA 92345