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Denver antique store offers something new

The little white house with the red roof sits back from the road full of unique treasures.
Carrie’s Cottage Antiques in Denver has lots to offer, from antiques to new and used furniture, accessories, glassware, pillows and throws.
Owner Carrie Saunders has always wanted to open an antique shop. Her father, Marvin “Whitey” Houser Jr., used to own Dixie Furniture in Lincolnton.
“I have grown up around antiques,” Saunders said. “I used to beg to have something new.”
She said her father is her inspiration. He passed away last year, however, his picture hangs inside the store as a reminder of his influence.
Saunders was going to call the store, “Dixie and Daughter,” in remembrance of her father, but then changed her mind.
“Carrie’s Cottage seemed to fit,” she said. “It’s almost like it looks like a cottage in a forest or something.”
Saunders’ goal is to get into the antique business full-time.
Currently, she is busy shuffling her time between her cleaning business and the antique store.
She is thankful for all the people who have helped her.
“I have a crew of volunteers that love me enough to help me,” she said. “It is so good to have good friends support you.”
Saunders wants the shop to be a place where people can come and feel comfortable and at ease.
“The world can be so hateful and ugly,” she said. “I hope people can have some peace while they are here.”
Getting the community involved is one of her goals for the store.
Starting in June, a “Storytime for Children” will be held the last Saturday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m.
Saunders said a lot of stores do not welcome children, but she wants to open her door to them.
The storytime sessions will offer a chance for children to share an experience.
“You just never know who will show up,” Saunders said. “It could be a fireman with a firetruck or Mother Goose.”
She is also hoping to have weekly events at the store, maybe on Saturday mornings.
She is thinking of having antique car shows, fiddlers, bluegrass music or demonstrations of some sort such as basket weaving or furniture polishing sessions.
“I want it to be anything that is related to antiques,” she said.
The front yard of the shop is also going to be transformed into a park-like setting.
Picnic tables will be added so that Denver residents can have a place to come and eat their lunch.
“There is really no place in town that has a park feeling,” she said.
Each Saturday there will be a porch sale, and every week there will be a featured item.
“There will be history and tales to go with it,” she said. “If I was buying a piece, I would like to know where it came from and who used it.”
The hours of the store are Thursday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information call 704-489-0499.
The store is located at 6637 Campground Road off N.C. 16.
“I just want people to feel comfortable and be happy here,” she said. “I want it to be a joyful place to be, especially for children.”
by Amy Wadsworth

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